Monday, 30 April 2012

Poster presentation

More than 50 students displayed their posters for the Production Lab module. It's quite enjoyable to watch some excellent posters and in the meantime I could learn from them. I went through a little experiment today by asking people to let me know their impression on art. I am inspired by Gillian Wearing's Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say  I asked people the following question and people used Post-it to write down what's on their mind. Here are the answers:

Tell me...what you think about art or what art make you think of.

"Art is the beauty of human expression through line, sound and body."

"Art is taking something ordinary and showing the beauty in it, or finding a way of saying that others (medium) can't."

"Art is a way each people show themselves through music, pictures, words and everything."

"Art is the channel of people express their understanding and feeling about the world. Art is life and life is art."

"I think art is a record of our time-taking in views and perspectives."

"I think art is a kind of expression, a way which people talk about their thought and opinion, viewpoint and position..."

Friday, 27 April 2012

Pin Pin Pin

Recently, I fall in love with Pinterest. I used to pin my favorite art pieces and designs on the boards. I found that it is a easy way to record some arts that I don't want to forget and organize in a proper way.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012



Monday, 23 April 2012

GI 2012

Last week I escaped myself from coursework to go to the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. It was really nice. It gave me an overview on how artists explore different ways to display their artworks and  how they utilize the space. There were more than 40 galleries and organization taking part in the festival.  I also came across with some familiar faces too. I saw around 12 exhibitions within two days and it really made me tired. After I visited Glasgow, I strongly feel that there are very few amount of galleries and art organizations in Birmingham as UK's second city. Glasgow's art scene is much more richer than Birmingham.
Here are some of the exhibition highlights:

See the review on Creative Times:

As very lucky that I have finished the poster, I can start writing my lab report after the enjoyable trip. Today's lesson was really useful. I basically have some thoughts on how I organize the structure of the report. Keep fighting, keep thinking.

This is to encourage myself:
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."
-Steve Jobs


Sunday, 15 April 2012

Poster developing

Wow, I am really excited. I almost finish my poster for Production Lab. I also think of an approach to present it differently, it's not just a poster, it's also a forum. Looking forward to the day to make it happen.
Yesterday, I came across to MAC and went to see the ALLOTMENT again. It has already proceeded to Plot 9. The project totally reveals how a public space can be turned into a gallery.


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

YangJiang Group's show on Nee Hao magazine

Really happy, can find Nee Hao magazine to report the current exhibition of YangJiang Group. The editor is very nice. Also, I have listened to a great talk tonight in Eastside Projects by a programme coordinator in Chinese Art Center, Manchester and a UK-based Taiwanese artist.  Looking forward to the next one on May.

Introducing Contemporary China:

Curator’s Talk | Jonathan Watkins & Jiehong Jiang:


Shu Fa at Cricket Ground Lake District

APRIL 11, 2012 1:18 AM 0 COMMENTS
Shu fa is the Chinese art and theorem of writing, traditionally known as calligraphy, which the Yangjiang Group utilise as a unique form to develop diverse contemporary art practices and experiences. Yangjiang is an artistic group founded in 2002 by Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin. They used the name Yangjiang as a tribute to a new city of that name developed from a small ancient town situated in the south of the Guangdong province – the avant-garde region of China’s modernisation, urbanisation and globalisation.
Yangjiang Group are designing and building a new large-scale artwork based on traditional Chinese tea pavilion as the focal point of the exhibition in Eastside Projects.
Visitors are invited to use the ten metre square, four metre high wooden and plastic pavilion, and can climb the first floor to view eating and calligraphy in the gallery.
On 16th March 2012, a meal will take place in the Pavilion, guests can watch the artists form a series of Shu Fa works.
The Shu Fa is then put on large scale billboard posters of the gallery surrounding the Pavilion. The Pavilion is a demountable structure and will shift function after the exhibition for its ongoing life with Grizedale Arts as it becomes a prototype cricket pavilion at Coniston
Eastside Projects and Grizedale Arts feel an affinity to Yangjiang Group as artists – or more precisely, creators – their work includes activities that transcend conventional definitions of art to include design, architecture, and all aspects of everyday life, intervening in the urban expansion process in the most extraordinary and liberating of ways.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Beautiful closing of Fierce Festival

I really really love Fierce. It showed me another face of Birmingham, a much more creative and passionate face. I saw many talented performers and artists. The programmes were great and the graphic design was fabulous. Gonna missed Shabba Dabba Dah, Cupid, Dachshund U.N., Track, The Message, Stay Behind the Line, Mermaid Show, Curious Sound in Curious Spaces and Group Walk with Hamish Fulton. It was the last day of Fierce. After turning up in Group Walk with Hamish Fulton, I headed to VIVID for the closing party of Fierce. There were folk dance, photo shooting, egg painting, bonnet making, pom pom sheep and local sourced food.  Many people caught the last chance to share the joy of Fierce. People are going to  look forward to Fierce 2013. It is a pity that I will not be in Birmingham next year. I think this year's Fierce may be an once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I will keep it in my heart.

Folk Dance

My first handmade bonnet

Ann Liv Young's striking performance

This is Ann Liv Young's Mermaid Show in Q Club, part of the programme of Fierce Festival. Ann Liv Young's performance is quite controversial. I watched some of her videos online afterwards. I don't know whether I like her or not. The feeling is very complicated. What I can describe her is she is a very bold performer and a cool woman.

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