|Conference on the Representation and Practices of Chineseness in Contemporary Art|| |
Co-presented by He Xiangning Art Museum, Department of Fine Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, vA! of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
China is home to one of the world's longest continuous cultures, but throughout the different eras that culture has been subject to constant change from the influences of the environment, material resources and outside forces. Today, Chinese culture is formed by the accumulation of the "history of China", but globalisation has led to the lifestyles of Chinese people across the world becoming ever more similar, with a concomitant loss of individual characteristics. From a diachronic historical perspective, China has continued to evolve, while in terms of the synchronic contemporary environment the world is becoming increasingly homogeneous. This conference sets out to find constant elements in the ever-changing Chinese culture and to investigate where its unique nature and fixed points might lie in the face of the globalisation of the economy, science and technology.
A rich resource for studies of ethnicity, "Chineseness" manifests itself in a number of different ways in the context of contemporary art and culture in the cross-strait four regions (Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and Macau). Experts and artists will discuss the meaning and content of "Chineseness" at the conference and examine its practices today.
Date: 19.1.2014 (Sunday)