RAM Talk: More than a Guided Tour: “Untitled” (Minimalist Language: Metaphor and Metonymy)Nov 12, 2016 Saturday 16:00 - 18:00
About the event
In a letter to his friend, the French philosopher Blaise Pascal famously wrote, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” He understood how hard it is to make the language simple. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, on the contrary, was known for his minimalistic art language: by simply using a stack of paper or packaged hard candies, a pair of clocks or mirrors, a jigsaw puzzle, strings of lightbulbs, or a billboard, he was able to articulate his ideas powerfully and meaningfully. He knew how to use minimalist techniques to create strong visual impressions and emotional responses in the audience while keeping his works open to interpretations: What did the artist intend to express through his frequent use of the color blue? How does his “Untitled” series engage with and inspire the audience? How do we translate his art language in a different context of culture, space and time in Shanghai in 2016? The speaker will lead explorations of the topics in this talk.
About the speaker
btr, a freelance writer and translator based in Shanghai. His publications include a prose collection, Shanghai: Notes on City Life (2003), and a short story collection, Vagus Nerves (2013). He has translated Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude (2009) and Winter Journal (2016), and the Brutal Simplicity of Thought (2013) by M&C Saatchi, and served as the literature curator of the “Get It Louder” exhibition (2013) and the curator of Zhu Hao’s solo photography exhibition “CITEMA” (2016). His commentaries and articles on travel, urban life, literature and art can be found on Modern Weekly, NUMERO and ELLEMEN.
Free admission, reservation is required.