"Chongqing Folk Art Salon" will take folk art as the theme, continuously invite people who are concerned about the development of folk art to participate in the exchange, explore the way of modernization of folk art. This Salon is just a beginning, inviting the young folk art inheritance practitioners who are mainly active in Chongqing to share their experience stories of professional development. They come from different professions, like designers, artists, non-hereditary people, have chosen folk art as their lifetime career. The Folk Art Salon will continue to converge resources, to root in the era of the local community, to share the experience in profession development, and to expand horizon in a way of exchanging and cooperating with the experts, scholars in a wider field as well as the government's cultural-tourism workers. We need to break the shackles of old disciplinary boundaries and create new approaches through practice. To answer and solve the problems interweaving together from different demands in the process of practise is our mission.
Theme: Light of Folk Art-Chongqing Folk Art Practitioner Exchange Salon
Time: 2.Nov (Sun.) 14:00-17:30
Venue: 309 Studio, Sculpture Building, Huangjueping Campus, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
Curator: Lingxiang Zeng, Lihua Shao
Host: Lihua Shao
Guest Speaker: Hoo Zi, Peigang Zhu, Jing Zhang, Hongtu Ran, Hang Lan, Chang Chen
Dialogue Guest: Tu Zeng, Lingxiang Zeng, Lipeng Jin, Cong Chen, Can Chen
Attending Guest: Qianyu Wang, Liang Guo, Lan Ni, Zheng Liao, Ouyang Su, Gang Liu, Jie Deng, Mingfeng He, Jie Deng, Xiaoli Tan, Yuehua Ding
Organizer: Dimensions Art Center, Essence Art Innovation Center
Co-organizer: Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Rural Revitalization and Folk Art Activation Studio, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Cross Media Studio
Media: Chongqing Happy Radio FM103.5, Happening Here , Mao er' Art&Ceative Zone, TESTBED 2, Yangtze River Humanities and Arts Peninsula
Folk art was once a daily life of people in the age of Agriculture and Handicraft Industry. It was rooted in the common people's handwork and their deep understanding of nature. We are now in the era of industrial science and technology, mechanization of large-scale production replaces the manual to improve efficiency and the material well-being of mankind. But it is because of the refined Industrial Division of Labor and single knowledge structure that people's ability to operate is sharply weakened, which leads to the imbalance of human physical and mental development. On the other hand, care and warmth between human beings and between human and nature are gradually disappearing. Folk Art and community are far apart. The high efficiency of industry brings not only material abundance, but also material waste and environment destruction which are the problems that need to be solved urgently. Base on the reality, looking back on the handicraft era and the balance between human and society and nature can give us the experience and wisdom to guide the present and future development.
Japan, also a neighbour of the SINOSPHERE, has spent more than 100 years building up a model for the preservation and development of folk art and public aesthetic education. Yanagi Sōetsu, the master of modern Japanese folk art, once said, "If we want to pursue the beauty of health, simplicity and vitality produced from nature, then we must come to the world of folk art. " Folk art and culture is taken from the people and used by the people for the good of the people.
In recent years, under the strong call and promotion of the government, the public aesthetic education across the country and folk art activities, such as the folk art, intangible heritage inheritance, the use of art in daily life, the revival of traditional Chinese culture, are gradually becoming the cultural focus of attention of society. With reference to the experience of the Japanese Folk Art Movement, we are devoted to explore a self-ecological development model and an open and sustainable professional road of folk art development based on the local characteristics of Chongqing, carrying out the systematic work of folk art teaching, investigation and research on intangible heritage, art discussion and theoretical research, generating on-the-spot practice and summarizing the local experience modelstrengthening exchanges and cooperation with other regions to, intangible heritage activation and public aesthetic education.
To arouse, to contact, to sustain....
At present, we are at the initial stage where we focus on arousing public awareness of aesthetic education and offering an opportunity to receive aesthetic education. Also we must respond to the needs of the times when the government's intangible heritage reactivation and the cultural and creative industry policy is being boosted. To carry out various forms of aesthetic education activities in the community and carve out of a sustainable development path, we need the flower of art to grow among the people, and so it will be always changing and everlasting.