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.


Upcoming seminars this semester:

4 March
Alexander Burchmore, “Modularity and Collectivism in Ceramic Installations by Liu Jianhua and Cai Guo-Qiang”

11 March
Keren Hammerschlag Black Apollo: Aesthetics, Dissection and Race in Joseph Maclise’s Surgical Anatomy

18 March
Will Jeffery, ‘The Music-Image: Closing the (methodological) gap between Music(ology) and Film (Studies)’

1 April
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”

15 April
Rachel Skokowski, “Monkeys & Mechanical Arts: The Goncourt Brothers and the 19th-century Etching Revival”

29 April
Anna Arabindan-Kesson, “Black Bodies, White Gold: Cotton, Race and Representation in the United States”

6 May
Lorraine Kypiotis, “Lucien Henry, Alexander Murray and the Australian Ethos” Raha Shahidi, “Boucher and the Moliere Illustrations”

13 May
Nina Stromqvist, “The Border, taking the ancient Nordic tradition of allemansrätten or ‘everyman’s right’ as a conceptual proposition”

27 May
Mimi Kelly, “New Refractions of Self: Social Media and the Digital Woman”

3 June
Diana Reynolds, “Religious Foundations as Second Voices: The Victoria Contemporary Figurative Artist, 1848-1870”

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Date

Mar 04 2021
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Time

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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