Art History: Modularity and Collectivism in Ceramic Installations by Liu Jianhua and Cai Guo-Qiang – School of Literature, Art and Media Art History: Modularity and Collectivism in Ceramic Installations by Liu Jianhua and Cai Guo-Qiang – School of Literature, Art and Media

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.

Other seminars this semester:

11 March – Seminar

18 March – Seminar

1 April – Seminar

15 April – Seminar

29 April – Seminar

6 May – Seminar

13 May – Seminar

27 May – Seminar

3 June – Seminar

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Date

Mar 04 2021

Time

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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