The Past Glories of Paper 纸之千
About the Speaker 关于讲者
Meng Hui is a freelance writer born in the 1960s in a Daur family. She once studied at the Department of Art History in Central Academy of Fine Art and worked for Beijing Art Museum, SDX Joint Publishing Company and the journal Reading. She wrote History of Women’s Clothing in China’s Central Plains Region, A Story Told on Ghost Day, The Hairstyle of Pan Jinlian, Stories about Incense, Women’s Life in Sixteen Poetic Images, Empresses’ Cosmetics, A Bite of the Nature, Golden Skin and Spring of Flowers and translated A Closer Look at Antiques, I Am Not the Murder and Wars and Cinema.
About Paper Laboratory 关于纸张实验室
During the long course of human civilization, paper has always been considered of paramount importance. It is almost ubiquitous in our life in a variety of forms: books, letters, paintings, food packaging and greeting cards, etc. More than a medium to contain information, paper is also deemed as a material that inspires emotions. Thin as a piece of paper is, it gives out a unique sense of subtlety and delicacy which could be perceived when we touch, flip, observe and smell it. Such is the charisma of paper. However, the rise of digital technologies has made a profound change on how people communicate and share information. When is the last time we read a paper book or send a paper greeting card? Moreover, the outbreak of the pandemic has further deepened our dependence on a lifestyle heavily online. People are asked to avoid physical contact and most of the communication nowadays is conducted digitally. As we are now trying to gain our normal life back, we hope that through the medium of “paper” we could inspire people to reconsider the relationship between man and the world, and to encourage people to communicate, express and make their voice heard. The Paper Laboratory series includes one lecture, one conversation and three workshops. Stay tuned!