Elephant Says

普通话 [Mandarin]

Art, Asia, and Technology

In Chinese aesthetics, 象(Xiang) is an important concept which basically means an aesthetic object that is both present and absent, which creates an effect that transcends the barrier between viewer and artwork. This kind of aesthetic thought is not exclusive to traditional Chinese art practice; on the contrary, its dynamic, relational and non-dualistic features resonate with characteristics of contemporary media art practices.
In order to make these art practices more visible and accessible, in this podcast, Chinese artists who are experimenting with all kinds of interesting media will be invited to the conversion in this channel, to share about their artworks, their feelings and motivations, their working methods, how they react to the contemporary world with these works, how they relating themselves to the tradition, not in the sense of kongfu panda or spring roll, but as natural and at the same time unavoidable as the mode of thinking lurking in the language being spoken everyday, and so on.
Artists from other countries who are interested in Chinese aesthetics would also be invited later, but for now, Chinese would probably be the major language used in this podcast channel. In this case, a short introduction of the artist and main content of the conversation will be written in English for those episodes. Please don’t hesitate to contact the host Siying Duan via duansiying@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about them or have any suggestion.

With particular gratitude to the music designer Shiyang Cai and the channel artwork designer Xin Fu.

Episodes

Ying, Xinxun: Don’t worry/ 应歆珣: 别怕

Recorded on 12-10-2018

Ying, Xinxun works and teaches at the Fiber Art Department of the Chinese Academy of Fine Art. Her artistic creations include fiber installation, body installation, light installation, theatrical exhibition, image and video, painting and so on. Her works have a particular focus on the living condition of contemporary people, such as issues like how technology […]

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