【BACA Talk Festival】What is art for?
We do not know how art began any more than we know how language started. If we take art to mean such activities as building temples and houses, making pictures and sculptures, or weaving patterns, there are no people in all the world without art. If, on the other hand, we mean by art as some kind of beautiful “luxury”, something to enjoy in museums and exhibitions or something special to use as precious decoration in the best parlour, we must realize that this use of the word is a very recent development and that many of the greatest builders, painters or sculptors of the past never dreamed of it.
The British philosopher of art, Richard Wollheim believes that we should resist the tendency to see art as an abstract idea that needs to be analysed and explained. If we are to fully understand art, according to his view, we must always define it in relation to its social context. Since art is a form of life, and it is always a reflection of an individuals’ beliefs, emotions, experiences, skills, social background and happiness. According to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, "The only happiness lies in reason; all the rest of the world is dismal. The highest reason, however, I see in the work of the artist …."
Therefore, in the BACA Talk Festival, we invite artists, art publishers and educators to share their art experiences, their happiness and their perspective of What is art? What is art for? Why is art education so important?
第一期Series 1 | 2020.12.05 | 周六Saturday
艺术家书还能不能读？ Shall we still read the Artists' Books?
—书的阅读与艺术的阅读 Book reading and arts creation
on paper 工作室的两个子项目 — #on paper_另存#与#on paper_未命名#都与“书”息息相关。但不同的是，#on paper_另存#主要致力于视觉设计，通过平面介质和设计语言来展示艺术家的作品和展览纪录；而#on paper_未命名#则通过现场展览、讲座等形式推动“艺术家书”的发展，邀请艺术家以“书”为媒介创作“艺术家书“，而这件“艺术家书”始终贯穿艺术家一直以来的理念。
由on paper 工作室发起的“on paper 艺术家书”系列展览曾先后于zapbeijing 和空白空间举办了“on paper one”和“on paper 2”两回展览，本次讲座从中精选了部分优秀作品将向大家展示艺术家是如何思考和如何创作“艺术家书“的。与此同时，on paper也将向大家展示部分书籍设计作品，聊一聊on paper在设计一本画册的时候，是怎么思考的。并且把两种不同的形式进行区分，厘定“艺术家书”的真正概念。
《蒋志：我们 注定 一切》
The two sub-projects of on paper studio are “on paper_save as” and “on paper untitled”, both of which are closely related to “Book”. Yet the difference between them is that “on paper_save as” is mainly devoted to visual design so as to display artists’ works and exhibition records by graphic medium and design languages; while “on paper untitled” is focus on onsite exhibition, lectures etc. to promote the development of “Artists Books”, to create “Artists Books for medium through inviting artists. And this “Artists Books” always runs through their ideas.
《简策》 Ce Jian
Initiated by on paper studio, the series “on paper Artists Books” exhibition have been held twice, “on paper one” in Zapbeijing and successively “on paper two” in White Space. This lecture has selected some excellent works to show you how artists thinking and creating “Artists Books”. At the same time, on paper will also show you some book design works, and then we will discuss their thoughts when designing a painting album from on paper. Besides, we will distinguish the two different forms to determine the real concept of “Artists Books”.
《高露迪》 Gao Ludi
左页右页，或正、背。“on paper”工作室于2017年创立于北京，以厘定“艺术家书”这一艺术门类并使之置入中国为使命，曾举办“on paper one”和“on paper two”艺术家书展。同时服务于书籍设计、展览视觉设计、VI设计等。子项目“万物”，推进艺术衍生品和限量艺术品。on paper致力于纸上的一切可能性之探讨。
Left page, right page, or front and back. Founded in Beijing in 2017, "on paper" studio sets its mission on bringing the artistic medium of "artist's book" to China. It has hosted two artist’s book exhibitions, "on paper one" and "on paper two." Its services include book design, exhibition visual design, and VI design. Its sub-project, “Wanwu” promotes art derivatives and limited-edition artworks. on paper is dedicated to exploring all possibilities on paper.
任何创造都是时间的产物 Time is All
What is art for？艺术这一生产物是什么目的，出于什么样的冲动我要把大脑中的想法赋予实践，将一些意向用物理手段制造出来呢？我所知道的是就像John Baldessari 1971年的影像作品“I am making art” “我在做艺术：我在做艺术” ，做艺术也是我最愿意花时间做的事。艺术是深远的也是自我投入的，我想说的是我在与我将自己隔绝开的世界不间断的对话，有时候是简短的聊天，有时候是更多推敲的意见交换。当下我们生活在一个充满危机的时间段这一特殊的现象如同催化剂一般加速了集体精神的转变。
今年以HMS by Wang Hua 这个品牌发售了一系列具有实用价值的陶瓷产品，对我来说这就是具有时效性的，主题于当下的我的所观察和吸收到的社会现象有所关联的“小对话”。然而雕塑及装置作品，由于时间线更长讨论的内容更像是回忆录，是将时间并置并且展开一场更加漫长的讨论，一切创造都是关于时间的讨论也是时间的产物。
吹笛少年 LES GARÇONS DU FLUTE 1866
Porcelain and underglaze 陶瓷、釉下彩32x59x42cm
What is art for? Art for me is the best thing I can do with my time, I believe we have nothing but time. Art is so profound and so self - absorbed to, what I want to say is there are connstent conversations between me and the world I isolated with, therefor sometimes it is a quick chat, sometimes is more evaluated dialogue. The continuous state of crisis in which we are living marks a phenomena which could be seen as a catalyst for a significant shift in our collective psyche.
Few months earlier I lunched a series of functional earthenware under the label “HMS by Wang Hua”, this tyoe of creation is quite restrained by time, it could be read as a quick “chat” between me and my observation to society, it rooted to deeper to subculture. On the other hand the process involved in making sculpture or installation requires much longer time, and the work it self is more evolved in time, like a memoir, time juxtaposition as the discussion goes on. Time is the only subject and creator.
爱情与灵药 love cures2020陶瓷 Glazed Porcelain45x16x12cm
王画 Wang Hua：
Wang Hua was born in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK in 2012. From 2014 she moved to Jingdezhen-China, the home of porcelain. After a year of intensive training at the Sculpture Ceramics Factory’s workshop, Hua received an offer from the Royal College of Art in London to continue her study in ceramics and contemporary art. She got her Masters in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA in 2018 and is currently working in her studio in China.
Liam Yeates 艺术教学的实践 The Process of Teaching Art
Liam Yeates所做的每项教学工作都为 他提供了一个与来自不同背景的折衷主义者一起工作的机会。反过来，这也使他对如何促进艺术教学过程有了深刻的了解。他将在这次演讲中概述他的艺术历程，并对他如何在英国和中国的项目，工作室以及整个教育体系中教授艺术进行深入了解。
A project he did with Bankers from the City of London. Worked on for a UK based environmental charity, building the infrustructure for a plant nursery.
Over the past twenty years Liam Yeates has worked/taught on various art based projects, which have been both diverse and challenging. He has used a variety of art forms, including drawing, performance and installation. Currently he is using drawing as a medium to explore ideas around social interactions and architecture.
Each teaching job he has done has offered him a chance to work with an eclectic mix of people, who have come from very different backgrounds. This in turn has given him an insight into how to facilitate the process of teaching art. Liam Yeates will in this talk, outline his arts journey and give an insight into how he has taught art within projects, workshops and throughout the education system in the UK and here in China.
This is a mural project he did with kids from Shadwell in the East end of London
Liam Yeates is originally from London, UK, now based in Beijing. For around thirty years he has been creating art. During this time he completed a Degree and MA in Performance and Installation arts at Dartington College of arts, Devon, UK. Before moving to Beijing he was teaching BTEC Art and Design at Southwark College, London. The course included still life as well as life art drawing classes, which he tutored.
第二期Series 2 | 2020.12.12 | 周六Saturday
和尚的爱Monk's Love, 2017, 视频影像Video, 09:28
和尚的爱Monk’s Love Drawing Series, 构思绘画Drawing, 2017
Jin Yu's work has always been concerned with the use of symbols and different languages in a multicultural context. Life is full of all kinds of symbols that have a whole system of image politics and power relations behind them, and she often puzzled by them. Symbols are the miasma that confuses reality. This exhibition presents a series of "symbol collages" that she created in Rome in 2017 and some recent reflections on "symbolic superficiality". The works include drawing, video, and sculpture.
礼品店雕塑 鸡蛋黄 Giftshop Sculpture, Egg Yolk, 7.5×9×5cm
In the video of "Monk's Love", Jin Yu tried to document the sculpture in the way of film, making the sculpture become props and symbolic carriers with a new narrative. By observing and extracting elements in Roman cities and objects in flea markets, she used collage and editing to create a fiction of a fake monk's search for his "desires". She put objects in contexts where they shouldn't be, so as to cast doubt on their symbolism: Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain, hordes of Chinese tour groups, melting gelato, the hormones in the Italian air, etc...
金雨 Jin Yu：
Jin Yu graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design BFA Sculpture Department in 2018, and currently studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, MFA Sculpture Department.
出行前的准备Preparation before departure
The skillful use of traditional media and forms in Ji Yucheng's works, the implicit and ghostly transplantation and grafting in the package overlaps the past and the present, forming a narrative that is parallel with reality and the grotesque, and detours into the subjective consciousness and unconsciousness. The reflection of self-expression in the unspoken language also insinuates the artist's discussion and questioning of history and the present.
Etching, videoVariable size
His perspective has always been centered on the theme of time and space. Through multiple levels and changes in time and space. The artist tries to excavate, research and express the intertwined images of the life and history. The expression of contradiction and conflict seems to come from the nature of the artist. The influence of Chinese Southern and Northern culture, as well as Chinese traditional culture and Western culture on the artist during his growth has brought continuous inspiration to his creation. The phenomenon of interlacing time and space not only exists in science fiction movies, but also in daily life: urban villages surrounded by high-rise skyscrapers, international friends who speak fluent local dialects, and history always repeated itself. However, we lose our keen sense during the rapid social change and are accustomed to the numbness of contradictions.
远方The distant places
Artist. Graduated from Royal college of art at 2015. Now works and lives in Beijing.
艺术与战争的演变The Evolution of Art and War
George Clausen, Youth Mourning, 1916 (Online image)
Art has found a place in all aspects of human experience and this has most certainly been the case for war. War as a phenomenon has illustrated how destructive Man can be. Just as wars have influenced national, political and social movements, wars have also heavily influenced art. As the nature of war has changed traditional depictions of war have often failed to provide an adequate representation of conflict in the new era of heavily industrialized Total War. The Evolution of Art and War seeks to analyse artistic responses to modern war in the 20th century.
Percy Wyndham Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919 (Online image)
Anthony May is an educator living and working in Beijing. He holds a MA in Philosophy and Political Science. He has always had a deep interest in art as well as the psychology of the artists themselves. His research interests include Friedrich Nietzsche, epistemology and the history of philosophy.
2020.12.05 | 周六Saturday | 15:00-17:45
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第二期Series 2 2020.12.12 | 周六Saturday | 15:00-17:45
- 讲座门票Talk Ticket: 30RMB
- 当日套票Package Ticket: 88RMB
Include Talk Ticket + 1 Bag
- 双周讲座门票Series 1&2 Talk Ticket: 50RMB
- 双周套票Series 1&2 Package ticket: 108RMB
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金雨 | 和尚的爱
JIN Yu | Monk’s Love
2020.11.28 - 2021.1.3