Re-Creation of Mythological Characters 自为之神——神话人物再创作
About the Event 关于活动
In a majority of myths from around the world, gods more often than not are able to transform into different animals, with these animals having to go through arduous trials and training, in the hopes of being able to change into human form. Humankind has a tendency to use animals to tell their own stories. As was stated by the philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach, one could say that the image or existence of gods is itself a paradox: “God did not, as the Bible says, make man in His image; on the contrary man, as I have shown in The Essence of Christianity, made God in his image.”
During the first part of this workshop, aesthetics researcher Felice will first analyze the artistic language used in a number of archetypal myths, such as the depictions of characters in the Chinese Classic of Mountains and Seas, the Greek god of wine Dionysus, the Norse god of thunder Thor, the Incan deity Quetzalcoatl and so on. Different cultural and religious systems have bestowed these characters with a certain godly divinity. Aside from the ones mentioned above, a few other ‘gods’ will be also deconstructed and analyzed: Caravaggio’s Bacchus, Marvel’s Thor, as well as cartoon versions of the characters from the Classic of Mountains and Seas. Gods in our contemporary age, having been demystified by modern science, have lost their halos and become endowed with new roles and representations, in a popular culture which both consumes and deconstructs gods.
In the second part of the workshop, we will invite the audience to participate in this process of “creating gods” – each person will be able to create his or her own god, using one’s imagination of “if there were gods ruling our world”; or one can choose a pre-existing deity, from any source – novels, movies and myths from any time period are all accepted. We will provide the tools and materials needed for printmaking.
The gods are but a mirror of humankind, reflecting our imagination and understanding, our desires and our hopes.
About the Speaker 关于导师
Felice, Aesthetic Researcher and cultural event planner with an interest in semiology. She co-curated 2015 Shanghai International Science and Art Exhibition, 2017 APPLE Design Awards Exhibition, 2018 Better Life – Shanghai Public Cultural Space Innovation Competition and a series of intangible cultural heritage exhibitions.
Shen Qianshi, Exhibitioin Manager of Rockbund Art Museum.