Think Like an Engineer, Dream Like an Artist 创造、思考与白日梦——直觉性与克制度
About the Event 关于活动
Art, though focusing on expression of emotions or ideas, is inevitably relied on the technological assistance. Nowadays, while technological innovation is rapidly reshaping humans’ means of communication, it is also steering the evolution of art. As the forms of artistic expression go through transformation, artists tend to wrestle with the following problems during their creation – how much the use of technologies is supposed to contribute to the art creation and how much art itself can express. Artists are trying to figure out how to apply technologies to their creation to convey the concepts and ideas that they intend to communicate to their audience. So how do artists produce their works with the assistance of available technologies? And how have different artists reflected on technologies’ role in reshaping the art creation as well as our daily work and life and the way we connect with the whole society?
We are honored to invite Chen Chao, who was in charge of the display design, project construction and artwork production for Lin Tianmiao’s solo exhibition “Systems”, to the Walk & Talk activity on July 7. Chen, along with the artist Lin, will talk about their reflection on the above questions during their collaboration while walking with viewers in the exhibition hall.
About the Speaker 关于讲者
Chen Chao is Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of CHANGE Design. Dedicated to the research, design and artwork production concerning space and art, he has been engaging in planning, design, implementation and construction of art projects for exhibitions and museums.
Chen served as the chief director for project construction and artwork production in various large-scale art or architecture exhibitions including “Why Not Ask Again: the 11th Shanghai Biennale”, “Social Factory: the 10th Shanghai Biennale”, “Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Dream City”, “Alberto Giacometti Retrospective”, “PSA Collection Series – Li Shan”, “Chen Shaoxiong: Prepared”, “PSA Collection Series – Datong Dazhang”, “Bernard Tschumi – Architecture: Concept & Notation” and “Toyo Ito: On the Stream”.
He has been working with a number of well-known artists for a long time as their exhibition design consultant and chief director for overall arrangement and artworks production. For example, he worked for the solo exhibitions of Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir “Quote! Quote! Quote!”, “Cause and Examples Projected from It” and “What A Form – A Reportage” and Shi Yong’s solo exhibition “Let All Potential Be Internally Resolved Using Beautiful Form”.
This time, Chen was invited to work with the artist Lin Tianmao to undertake the display design, project construction and artwork production for Lin’s solo exhibition “Systems”.
Lin Tianmiao was born in 1961 in Taiyuan, China. She now lives and works in Beijing, China.
Lin Tianmiao studied in the Fine Art department of Capital Normal University, Beijing in 1984. She then went to the US in 1988. After graduating from the Art Students League in New York in 1989, she worked as a designer in New York for almost seven years. In 1995, Lin Tianmiao returned to China from New York. Presenting The Temptation of St. Teresa, The Proliferation of Thread Winding, Pants, Trees, among others in an open studio, she thus laid out the important positions of her engagement in experimental art; during the same time, she became known as one of the first Chinese female artists to gain international recognition. During the 1990s, when “apartment art” was a phenomenon in Beijing and Shanghai, Lin gained a great deal of experience. Lin’s early works are known for her practice of thread-winding where she binds the material—usually silk, hair, cotton, or felt—tightly around found and manufactured objects. Initially tasked by her mother to spool cotton as a young girl, Lin later reclaimed this act. Lin’s work studies her own social role and the relationship between identity and social context, questioning women’s identity. In 1998, Lin and Wang Gongxin created the Loft Media Center. She had done everything from infrastructure and interior decoration to design, supervision, equipment management, organization, etc. It laid the foundation for holding hundreds of cultural events in the future. In 2012, the Asia Society Museum in New York presented Bound Unbound, the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition in the U.S.
She has participated in the Istanbul Biennale, Turkey (1997); the Shanghai Biennale, China (2002); the Ireland Biennale (2002); the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002, 2004); and the Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2016). In 2015, Lin had a solo show as a farewell for feminine themes entitled “1.62M” which was held in HOW Art Museum. In recent years, Lin has come out of the predicament of feminism, and has created large-scale installations, sculptures, photography, videos and various other media practices with an open mind.