Art History: Modularity and Collectivism in Ceramic Installations by Liu Jianhua and Cai Guo-Qiang
Presenter: Alex Burchmore
German art historian Lothar Ledderose has identified modularity as a defining feature of Chinese material culture, describing seven key indicators of this trait in his Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art (2000): quantity, interchangeability, division of labour, additive growth, standardisation, proportional scale, and the creation of the new from the old. Ledderose limits his inquiry to pre-modern forms of art, yet these characteristics can also be noted alongside other forms of collective creation in modern and contemporary artistic practice. In this talk, I will introduce two key case-studies for contemporary modularity and collectivism: Liu Jianhua’s Regular-Fragile (2001-10) and Cai Guo-Qiang’s Venice’s Rent Collection Courtyard (1999), positioning these within a broader historical perspective.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
Upcoming seminars this semester:
Alexander Burchmore, “Modularity and Collectivism in Ceramic Installations by Liu Jianhua and Cai Guo-Qiang”
Keren Hammerschlag Black Apollo: Aesthetics, Dissection and Race in Joseph Maclise’s Surgical Anatomy
Will Jeffery, ‘The Music-Image: Closing the (methodological) gap between Music(ology) and Film (Studies)’
Sophie Hopmeier, “Men of the Space Age Meet Men of the Stone Age: Mnemotechnologies and Temporal Disorientation in the Films of the Musée de l’Homme”
Rachel Skokowski, “Monkeys & Mechanical Arts: The Goncourt Brothers and the 19th-century Etching Revival”
Anna Arabindan-Kesson, “Black Bodies, White Gold: Cotton, Race and Representation in the United States”
Lorraine Kypiotis, “Lucien Henry, Alexander Murray and the Australian Ethos” Raha Shahidi, “Boucher and the Moliere Illustrations”
Nina Stromqvist, “The Border, taking the ancient Nordic tradition of allemansrätten or ‘everyman’s right’ as a conceptual proposition”
Mimi Kelly, “New Refractions of Self: Social Media and the Digital Woman”
Diana Reynolds, “Religious Foundations as Second Voices: The Victoria Contemporary Figurative Artist, 1848-1870”