Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Colloquium "Transcendence and Return: Re-interpreting and Re-envisioning Urbanization in Contemporary Chinese Art" at Pitt, January 13.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will host MA candidate and her colloquium "Transcendence and Return: Re-interpreting and Re-envisioning Urbanization in Contemporary Chinese Art" on January 13.
From the perspective based on Chinese traditional aesthetics and philosophy, this paper discusses how the artistic representation of urban landscape, materials and performed bodies reflects on the contemporary context in China since the late 1990s. The artists include Zhang Dali, Chen Qiulin, Yang Yongliang, Xing Danwen and Chen Qingqing. On the one hand, the meditation, reflection and representation of urban transformation by these artists focus indicate not the urban conflicts but more importantly the cultural values, historical significance and spatial fluidity. Such specific time-space relation can be seen as the transcendence of universality and locality in terms of Chinese fast urban expansion and enter to the global market. On the other hand, the indigenous focus on the global issues of urbanization meanwhile entails the possibility to return on the tradition-based theoretical structures, such as Yi Pai, to rethink about the writing of Chinese art history and to reestablish the cultural identity in the temporal context.
The event begins at 12:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.

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