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Artist Report : Art in Fied and Societal Space

Moderator Guo Xiaoyan
Speaker Huang Shunquan
Participant Chen Chieh-Jen, LI Juchuan, WANG Jiahao
Organizer Red Brick Art Museum
   
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Speaker: HUANG Sunquan
Panel: CHEN Chieh-Jen, LI Juchuan, WANG Jiahao
Moderator: GUO Xiaoyan
 
Time: 28th October, Tuesday, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Red Brick Art Museum Auditorium
Language: Chinese
 
Free admission

u-topophilia intends to propose a narrative strategy regarding place, architecture, utopia and social movements, and also the possibilities of connecting in societal space. The concept Utopiareflects people’s dis-satisfaction with reality and their hope, so do architecture and art. U in Utopia comes from the Greek word “ou-topos” which means “no place”, similar to the English word “a-topia”. U here can also be interpreted as “eu-topos”, meaning joy and happiness. The word “Topophilia”, on the other hand, means love of place. The Chinese-U.S. Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan once wrote a book on “Topophilia”, examining the affective bond between people and place, and how it contributes to the formulation of identity. Here the new word “u-topophilia” refers to the conflicts between love of no place and love of place. Such conflicts may lead to new possibilities: by recognizing and acknowledging differences among people and places, we may shift from Jus soli, identity associate with place to socially engaged art practices that do not bond love with a particular place, which may be one way of mediating the social contradictions caused by new liberalism.  And this is also the core of Prof. Huang Sunquan’s thoughts and curatorial practices.

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