Cross-Cultural Roots for Media Practice: Chinese Aesthetics
Inspire your media art practice with non-Western history, art, science, and philosophy with media theorist Siying Duan.
Registration closes Oct 15, 4pm
6 hours total, over 3 sessions, online // $66, or $45 for members
** By donation for those facing reduced income due to COVID-19
Session 1: Thu Oct 22, 7pm - 9pm
Session 2: Thu Oct 29, 7pm - 9pm
Session 3: Thu Nov 5, 7pm - 9pm
Listed times are Pacific Time
- Suited for practicing media artists, curators, and writers who who seek cross-cultural inspiration and want to expand their idea and approach.
- Participants must bring a project idea they are developing or reworking and that they wish to workshop in a group discussion format.
- To join the workshop, download the free Zoom Desktop Client. Go to https://zoom.us/download and click on the Download button under "Zoom Client for Meetings".
How do your questions, process, and aesthetics change if you re-imagine technology itself as having roots in, for example, Islamic culture? Chinese culture? Indigenous culture?
This discussion-based workshop is intended to enrich your creative process and approach to media art by drawing inspiration from the particular histories, arts, sciences, philosophies, and everyday practices of so-called non-western cultures, using a method Laura Marks of the Substantial Motion Network developed for identifying Islamic roots of media art.
Bring your project ideas to the group, and discuss ways to explore your work-in-progress through specific cultural lenses. You'll study examples, and revise your own project ideas based on the feedback you receive from the instructors and other participants. The instructor Siying Duan will present examples from Chinese cultures. Between each session, you'll continue researching, editing, and refining your project for further feedback with the group.
Looking for more like this? Sign up for this same workshop led by Farshid Kazemi to explore further examples from Persian and Islamic cultures. It's begins the week after this one ends: https://crosscultural-with-farshid.eventbrite.ca
Siying Duan is a postdoc fellow at School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. Her research interest focuses mainly on the study of media arts from a perspective of Chinese Aesthetics. She has earned her Ph.D. in Art Theory at Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai University. She is also the producer of the podcast channel “Elephant says” at the platform Creative Disturbance and the editor of the bilingual journal Critical Theory. Her publications include several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics, and art psychology.