Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Amazing Lion Heart Project

The Amazing Lion Heart Project is a project by artist Shauna Richardson. Now is on tour in Natural History Musuem, London. The project will feature three giant hand crocheted lions in a custom-built, mobile, glass case to travel around the East Midlands. Through the sculptures, the artist wants it to reflect the region in both symbol and materials.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

. Art Domain

An interesting news from e-flux, apart from .com, .net, .org, we may have .art!

The Internet is constantly changing. Starting next year, the organization responsible for the naming protocol of every website on the internet will introduce new top-level domains—what we find after the last dot in the web address: .com, .org, .net, .uk, and so on. This new naming protocol will sharpen the focus of the internet to make information more legible to communities sharing a common interest. For example, most information pertaining to food will be available in a .food domain, while most information on cars will likely be found in a .car domain, and so forth.

With these changes in mind, e-flux, an artist-run organization based in New York, has applied for the rights to develop and administer the .Art domain, with the hope of maintaining and distributing it in a way that emphasizes the quality, content, and educational values of the community of people who create, study, present, and love art—something e-flux has been able to achieve with its announcement service for over a decade.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently announced the list of companies that have applied to open and manage these new top-level domain names. Nearly 2000 applications were submitted before the application process closed, and more than 500 new internet domains will be approved within a year, from .baby to .berlin to .bbc.

e-flux is the only applicant from within the art community to apply for the .Art domain, and it is crucial for all of us in the arts that the domain of art on the internet be developed in a knowledgeable, responsible, and accessible way, to emphasize the coherence, dynamism, and diversity of our community.

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Friday, 24 August 2012

the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Yesterday, I went to another event held by [State], a Birmingham performance platform. This time, it was held at the lowest level of The Vaults (a completely difference feeling from last time). I was totally amused by the space when I popped in. The title of this exhibition is called "the whole is greater than the sum of its part". Five art pieces and live arts were presented. They marked each piece with a number from 1 to 5. I supposed it guides people to walk from one artwork to the other in sequence. One of the artworks was by Abigail Duffty. People were given white lab coats to wear. People needed to wear it n order to enter into one of the specific spaces. They also showcased another amazing piece by Kate Spence. At that time, I didn't really understand the meanings of the works and why they can relate to the title of the exhibition.
I aimed to find out more when I got back home. The origin of 'the whole is greater than the sum of its part" was a quote by Aristotle. It can be referred to the central idea of Holism. Things should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. No single thing can be fully understood in isolation from its extended context. This exhibition invites me to observe, to think more. They have their second part of the event held in ARTicle Gallery. Maybe I need to go to the second part in order to see the whole picture. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

some pics in my show

Finally the show was finished, I was really really tired last week...Just have the energy to upload the photos. It was interesting to see how people react to the show. Jean Leering (Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven) once said that, in a certain way, art was being "used" to get people to think and be aware of their own situations. This was an idea, along with addressing how such a message can be achieved in an exhibition.
I am still thinking what art really means to me, to the society and the environment we live in and the role as a curator.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Saturday filled with artworks

Putting artworks, labels and descriptions in the space, screwing, cleaning, hammering, very satisfied with today's effort. We have already moved in artworks by three artists, the rest will be put up on Monday. Spending lots of time on the preparation in the past few months, we are about to see the fruit.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

It's coming

Tomorrow will be the first day to work on the installation of my exhibition next week. Pretty much exciting and stressful at the same time, but really looking forward to see the opening and how's it going on.

Oriental- A sensory narrative by Asian contemporary artists
Opening night: 13rd August 2012, 16:00-19:00
Continue from 14th-19th August 2012, 10:00-19:00

Do come and join us!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Marina Abramovic-The Artist Is Present

Marina Abramovic is a performance artist based in New York. Marina Abramovic-The Artist Is Present is a documentary showed her preparing for her retrospective exhibition in MOMA in 2010. At that show, Marina sat in the site for three months six days a week, just sat there silently. She invited the audience sat in the opposite of her. When I watched the performance, my tears just dropped down out of control. As she said that "I am just a trigger, I am just a mirror and actually they become aware of their own life, of their own vulnerability, of their own pain, of everything." Her performance emphasizes human interaction. She challenges the perspectives of the audience by pushing her physical body to the limit. What is art? What is an artist? I think she really dedicates her life to art. She can't live without performing. She is a woman worth respecting.