Flaneur in the insular cities - Island Ecology Chapter 1: Travel & On-board 漫游岛城 - 岛屿生态学 章节1: 航行记
Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee｜Singapore
Ivan Juarez｜Mexico City
x:x (Xiong Yu-Xiu & Xue Yu-Xuan)｜Chengdu
Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee｜新加坡
About the Event 关于活动
Taking off an airplane, we often look out of the window and see that the land area diminishes with the height. Our perception has been raised from a two-dimensional perspective to the perspective of God in just a few minutes. From urban plains to winding rivers, from hills and valleys to magnificent mountains, they gradually become towering islands in the vast ocean. It suddenly became clear that islands are miniature continents, and continents are very, very huge islands. It seems that the land and the sea are connected, but the world is both formed and unconnected. It is this beautiful emptiness that makes us want to explore.
Robert Louis Stevenson is best known as the author of the children’s classic Treasure Island. A map of an imaginary island gave Stevenson the idea for the story. When Stevenson recalled in his Essays in the Art of Writing that he would sometimes “On one of these occasions, I made the map of an island; it was elaborately and (I thought) beautifully colored; the shape of it took my fancy beyond expression; it contained harbors that pleased me like sonnets."
Flaneur in The Insular Cities: Island Ecology is an internet-based residency project. It explores the topic of islands collectivity as artistic experimentation with Island Ecologies as a point of departure.
Using the notion of the island as a foundation, from the ports to the islands, from land to the sea, in a dream state, these seemingly unrelated points break away from the continuity of time and space in this project. The project demystifies reality with the fictional; it explores the spooky state that connects and divides the binaries. It is a journey along the state lines, a journey without borders: surrounded by the ocean on every point on this land is a starting point, every mountain are points of opposition, and yet they connect each other to the borders.
People are breathing on the passage, while fate plays on the flute.
Randomly dispersed on-site on this earth, we explore the different worlds within. At the same time, we use different lenses to look at the converted myth and the people, the culture, the ecological system, as well as every other matter under the same sky, like inside of a peculiar prism. In this network, regardless of geographical and spiritual disintegration, the borders we are situated on are like the room of (non)existence, as we are pandering on our imagination of the island, with every thought in our mind throughout the journey: will the island be aligned with our vision when we actually arrive, how different will it be?
2020 is a unique year. We are deeply affected by the Covid-pandemic, cross-cultural exchange, and traveling might never return to the status before. With increasingly strict national boundaries and quarantine conditions imposed on a global scale, we want to explore the possibility of island network and topology, by extension its limitations, boundaries, modes of co-existence, and the zones between such demarcations, hybridization, and vibrations within its locale.
We hope that through this talk, we can create a new platform that makes these connections in contemporary art. We hope to share our experiences and learn from each other and extend the possibility of artistic development. The residency project starts from December 2020 to May 2021. If you are situated within the World Wide Web, feel free to join the discussions with us.
一张岛屿地图曾带给儿童经典故事金银岛的作者斯蒂文森 （Robert Louis Stevenson）灵感。他曾在《写作技巧论述》中说到：“某种情况下，我绘制了一座岛屿地图，这座岛屿的色彩外型激发了我的想像力。那里的港口仿佛十四行诗般让我心醉神迷。”
“漫游岛城 - 岛屿生态学”是个基于网络的驻村发展计划，将透过人文科学基础探索岛屿集合形成作为艺术实验形式的可能性。
About the Speaker 关于嘉宾
Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | Singapore
Graduated from BA (Hons) Creative Direction and MA photography at the University of the Arts London, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee is based between Singapore and London. Her art practice is guided by the iterations of slow violence and the dynamic between the 'near' and 'elsewhere'.
In attempting to disarm instruments of knowledge production, her practice shies away from reduction and completion. Steering away from essentialism, she is interested in once-forgotten micro and muted narratives. By revisioning fractured traditions, she engages with visual and textual interventions to navigate the nuances of perception and retention.
As an extension to Elizabeth's practice, she runs XING, a research and curatorial platform centered on Southeast and East Asian art practices' poetics and politics. She has exhibited and participated widely, including V&A Museum (UK), DECK (SG), The Arts House (SG), GextoPhoto (ES), Unseen (NL), Photo London (UK) and Guest Projects (UK). She is an associate lecturer in the School of Fine Art & Photography, University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in the United Kingdom.'
Ivan Juarez | Mexico City
Ivan Juarez was born in Mexico. He is a practicing artist and landscape architect. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Artistic Research at the Doctoral School of the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland. He has conceived a body of work in diverse landscapes and cartographies, from the tropical forest and marine ecosystem in Brazil to the Andean cultivate terraces in Peru. He traveled from the coastal coniferous forest in the Norwegian fjords, to the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard. From the native eucalyptus bushlands in Australia to the forest ecosystems and agricultural rice fields in Japan.
Ivan is the founder of x-studio, a multidisciplinary research practice that focuses on exploring different disciplines through the dialogue between ecological, biological, and cultural systems. He is dedicated to sensing the landscape through the conceptualization and findings of innovative methodologies. The project "The Seed Cultures Archive" brings together projects from environmental artists who place seeds in their focus, honoring the fertile bonds between biological and cultural diversity in agri-food systems.
Ivan Juarez has obtained the following grants and awards: Jørn Utzon's Can Lis House Art Grant given by the Utzon Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation; Environmental Award BigCi, Australia; Latin American Biennial of Landscape Architecture; Grand Prix Award, given by the Serbian Association of Landscape Architects, The Architectural League Prize of New York. He has obtained honors from the Mexican Biennial of Landscape Architecture and the Architectural Review for Emerging Architects in London.
x:x (Xiong Yu-Xiu & Xue Yu-Xuan) | Chengdu
x:x is represented by Xiong Yu-Xiu and Xue Yu-Xuan as the Chinese collective. They studied at the University of Arts London. At the same time, Xue Yu-Xuan holds the photography profession, and Xiong Yu-Xiu focuses on cognitive and decision sciences.
Xue Yu-Xuan is good at image creation. She comes from Dongying, located in the Shandong Peninsula, facing the sea and connecting the inland. The famous Shengli Oilfield in the region is in an isolated, autonomous economic system. On the other hand, it is related to people from mainland China. There are inseparable intersections. She has participated in exhibitions such as the Taipei International Photography Festival, London Academy of Art Photography Exhibition, Beijing Women's Film Festival, and received the London Photobox Nomination Award.
Before engaging in art, Xiong Yu-Xiu focuses on the study of free will from biology and cognitive science perspectives. The unknown field of small fluctuations between the peaks of human brain waves is considered by many to be the space where God exists. She understands it as an "interval of areas," which is an infinite concept beyond human thinking and can only be felt with the heart. They will unfold a series of fictitious narratives between imagination, time, and space to explore the mysteries. Analyze the ambiguous space of the opposite relationship, and respond to the endless land, body, and thought in which they are located.
Yipei Lee | Taipei
Yipei Lee was born in Taipei. Currently is studying for an MBA at École d'Arts et de Culture. As an independent curator and writer, she pays attention to contemporary art in the Asia region and especially in Southeast Asia for a long time. Artistic research, residency, curation, and international exchanges are carried out with support from industry links, art consultants, and communities.
She is the founder of SUAVEART and Insular City Zine to rethink cultural boundaries and artistic impact. The main programs include "Seeding Future -Tropical Rainforest Research" and "Flaneur in the insular cities" in the island topology and natural environment to achieve humanistic care, cultural literacy accumulation, and art without borders.
She is invited to curate the exhibition "Life Dimension in art" in 2020 Poznan Art Week. Curated projects are included Ex-tension: The Dislocation of culture and pattern (PL), A touch for the now – Taiwan and Southeast Asian ART Exhibition (PL), The glimmer that we see / Vietnam (TW), Dinh project－Taqetaq (VN). She also participated in the residency project at Muong Culture Museum near Hanoi in Vietnam, the Batik story project in Surabaya, Indonesia, and contributed articles in Xinrui Weekly, Artist, hiart, and REVOLVE Artco, and other publications.
Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee | 新加坡
具有伦敦艺术大学文学背景和摄影学硕士的艺术家 Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee经常往返新加坡与伦敦之间，以“邻近 near”和“他处 elsewhere”相互迭代的慢性暴力和多样性形成艺术实践。
Elizabeth 经营了诗学和政治学为中心的研究策展平台 XING，尝试从非主流角度探索相关矩阵。她曾参与过英国 V&A 博物馆、Photo London、Guest Projects、新加坡 DECK、Arts House、荷兰 Unseen 等国际展览。目前为英国罗切斯特创意艺术大学美术与摄影学院的副讲师。
Ivan Juarez | 墨西哥城
出生于墨西哥的 Ivan Juarez，是一位实践艺术家和景观设计师。他现为波兰弗罗茨瓦夫艺术与设计学院博士学位学校艺术研究教育博士学位候选人。从巴西热带雨林到秘鲁安第斯山脉梯田、从挪威峡湾针叶林到斯瓦尔巴群岛的北极群岛、从澳洲桉树丛林到日本稻田，都有他的足迹。
Ivan 创办了 x-studio 致力于通过生态、生物和文化系统间的对话，从跨学科研究角度探索自然和建筑环境，试图通过概念化和创新方法的发现来感知景观。在《种子文化档案 The Seed Cultures Archive》项目，汇集了环境地景艺术家将种子作为出发点，以纪念农业食品系统中生物和文化多样性之间的肥沃纽带。
Ivan Juarez 曾参与过丹麦艺术基金会 Jørn Utzon 的 Can Lis House 项目、奥地利建筑论坛、拉丁美洲地景建筑双年展，获得纽约建筑联盟奖、Venice Arte Laguna 特别奖、奥地利 BigCi 环境艺术奖，并获得了墨西哥地景建筑双年展和伦敦新兴建筑师的建筑评论等国际殊荣。
x:x (熊彧秀 & 薛雨璇) | 成都
擅长影像创作的薛雨璇来自位于山东半岛，既面向大海又衔接内陆的东营；在当地著名的胜利油田，处于封闭的自治状态和自给自足的经济体系中，另一方面，却与中国各地的人有着密不可分的交集。她曾参与过台北国际摄影节、伦敦艺术学院摄影展、北京女性影展等展览，以及获伦敦 Photobox 提名奖。
李依佩 | 台北
出生于台北，现正就读法国 EAC 艺术文化管理学院工商管理硕士。作为独立策展人和文字工作者，关注亚洲整体与当代艺术趋势，自2008年长期关注东南亚地区文化与艺术环境，通过展览策划、驻村、文化研究等国际交流，进行跨地及跨领域项目。相继成立细着艺术和创办岛屿城志 (Insular City Zine)，重新思考文化边界和艺术影响力。主要项目包括关注自然环境与艺术的「未来种子：热带雨林研究计画」以及岛屿作为文化研究的「漫游岛城」系列。
她是2020 波兹南艺术周策展人之一，策划展览「解方- 生命维数」。其他项目包含「触见今日－台湾与东南亚当代艺术现况联展」、「延/伸:文化与媒材的移动关系−亚洲当代艺术群展」、「微光真实/越南」、「Dinh project－Taqetaq」等展览。曾于北越芒族博物馆、印尼泗水 Alam Batik 驻村，文章散见信睿周报、艺术家、hiart、REVOLVE、Artco 等刊物。
Curatorial team: SUAVEART, Jalan Besar Salon
Special thanks: Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai Pl-art-form
策划团队：SUAVEART, Jalan Besar Salon