RAM @ Campus: Gift Exchange and Everyday Life

  • About the talk

    Gifts are widely seen in our daily life and gift exchange is a most common part of human interaction. Sociologists interpret gifts from the perspectives of mutual benefits, human interaction and social networking, and contemporary artists also create artworks from the same angles. Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s first solo exhibition at RAM is partly inspired by the gift exchange and daily life. The artist’s interpretation of gift exchange from the perspectives of culture and social relationships reinforces the aesthetics implication contained in a carefully prepared gift. Meanwhile, many artworks of Gonzalez-Torres use materials from daily life, such as lightbulbs, wall clocks, candies, mirrors and even a list of dates, displaying what we call as “everyday aesthetics”. Eliminating the vulgar factors from these materials, Gonzalez-Torres transforms the everyday objects in minimalist language into artworks that are of great aesthetical value and critical of realities, like poems with a profound meaning. In this talk, three speakers will interpret “gifts” in artworks from the perspectives of aesthetics, philosophy and politics.

  • About the speaker

    Liu Yuedi is Professor at Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Visiting Scholar of Fulbright Program, Delegate-at-large of International Association for Aesthetics, Assistant Secretary-General of Chinese Society for Aesthetics, and Editorial Board Member of Comparative Philosophy. His publications include: Performing Life Aesthetics, The History of Analytic Aesthetics, Contemporary Art Theory, Aesthetics in Everyday Life, After the End of Art, The History of Visual Aesthetics, Contemporary Studies of Chinese Aesthetics, Boundless Sceneries, The World is Flat and Beautiful, Subversive Strategies in Contemporary Chinese Art (Brill, 2011), The Aesthetics of Everyday Life: East and West (Cambridge Scholars, 2014), and Living Aesthetics and Art Experience (awarded as the Original Book of the “Three Hundreds”). He is also the main editor of three well-known book series, namely, “Series of Aesthetics and Art”, “Series of Aesthetics and Art Studies” and “Series of Aesthetics of Everyday Life” as well as a book Interviews with International Aestheticians. In addition, he translated five books including Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein and Art and its Objects by Richard Wollheim, published more than ten papers written in English in Journal of East-West Thinking and curated art exhibitions in galleries and museums including the National Art Museum of China. 

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  • About the Lanxin Society of Philosophy in ECNU

    Established in 2001, the Lanxin Society of Philosophy, which has been awarded as the “5-star” society for 5 consecutive years, has held various popular events and activities. Based on the idea of “meeting philosophy in life and living with great thoughts”, the Society hosts sessions for reading, movies and calligraphy, providing platforms for students to exchange ideas and share value of life, and to refine their tastes. It also holds large activities including talks, lectures and salons, where scholars share their ideas to open doors to philosophy for young students who are interested in and admire philosophy. 

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    Free admission, reservation is required.

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