Art and/or Social Movement Vol.1: Art is opening
Aug 14, 2014 Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Since the late 20th century, participatory art is becoming a special worldwide phenomenon in contemporary art. These art/social programs mobilize the people to intervene the operating mechanism of realistic society, trying to propel specific political or social topic in a completely new way which aroused continuous think and debate inside the art circle.
In 2013, Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum did a well-rounded survey and presentation about this kind of projects in Asia, entitled “under construction/reconstruction”, and drew the outline of affluent and vivid picture of participatory art in Asia.
As the continuation of the work, we are going to carry out the discussion about this area based on the previous foundation, research about the art or social practice under a wider language situation and art history in China and even Asia to promote the cognition of this phenomenon and related practice.
As a ‘Art Topics’ of ‘Night Live @ RAM’ in 2014, we planned a series of lectures about this topic:
1. Art Should Open: Wang Chunchen
2. How Can Social Movement Become Art: Lu Yinghua
3. Can Art Change the Society: Qiu Zhijie
4. Aesthetic, Social Transformation and Art: From Rancière, Despeaux and Zizek: Lu Xinghua
Contemporary art is an entirely open filed. Its openness means the openness of our thinking and horizon. In the most essential meaning, the contemporary art has exceeded the visual aesthetic, joined the social issues and established various relationships with them. In this perspective, this lecture will review the essential contemporary art practice cases home and abroad, place the art in the rich and active contemporary thought and social and historical contexts in order to stimulate the discussion about the category of the art and its social relations.
Associate Professor, Ph.D of the Art History and art critic, now works as researcher and curator at CFAF Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, research interests in contemporary art theory and criticism. In 2012, Wang has been invited as adjunct curator by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, also, he’s known as the first China-based curator hired by U.S. art museum (Art in America Magazine, 2012). The publications include Art Intervenes into Society (2011), Art of Democracy (2013) and The Political Image (2013), etc.
Free admission, reservation is required.