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探索未知的废托邦星球


Review on Dystopia, iArt Youth Project Exhibition


WHAT IS DYSTOPIA
什么是废托邦

Dystopia, also known as "anti-utopia", is the opposite of utopia, which means a "bad place". Whereas Utopia depicts the ideal society imagined by people five hundred years ago, dystopia gives us a look towards the darker side of society in modern literature.


废托邦,又称“反乌托邦”,与乌托邦相对,指充满丑恶与不幸之地。乌托邦,五百年前所构造的社会理想形式;废托邦,现代文学所塑造的未来社会。

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《一》林万山 影像作品



On November 16th 2019 the iArt Youth Project, sponsored by Yuan Museum, came to Chongqing for its second year with the opening of its 'Dystopia' exhibition. The project aims to prompt reflection on current societal issues from the prospective of young artists; Dystopia reflects on the digitalized age we live in. For example, as we are more and more connected on the web we are also more disconnected from reality. The project covered topics such as the dispersion of data and prevalence of 'Big Brother' societies.


2019年11月16日,“废托邦——2019 iArt青年艺术计划”在重庆原·美术馆开幕。该项目将艺术作为媒介,为城市、社会导入不同层面的思考与讨论,探讨青年艺术家在日新月异的时代和生活环境中的可能性。废托邦反映了我们所处的数字化时代。例如,随着我们在网络上的联系越来越紧密,我们在现实也越来越疏远,个人自由在科技之网中无处存活。”

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《叠态NO.2》/《叠态NO.3》蔡焕彬 布面丙烯


The openining started after 3.30pm and included an award ceremony for the young artists involved. Judges and organisers had their chance to speak before awards were given.


当天下午三点举行了隆重的开幕仪式和颁奖典礼,各位策展人、嘉宾及评委发表了讲话。

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Opening ceremony开幕式现场


On the first day of the exhibition, CQGuide was invited to experience an absolutely wonderful art journey.

开幕式当天,对外指南受邀到此次展览现场体验了一次废托邦星球探索之旅。


🙋‍♀️ 体验嘉宾:Alessia Martino


Graduated from university in the UK and has been in Chongqing for 3 years. Loves to write, travel, hike and try new food. Enjoys life starting from the little things.


"As it was the first day, the gallery was crowded, but as there were 40 selected works, there was plenty to see. A series of frames with cows in zebra stripes in human spaces such the subway, airport and supermarket was one of the first things to be seen. I personally found it eye-catching and wondered if perhaps we are those dressed up animals, but I cannot say. There was also an interactive game based on the work."


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开展第一天的参观人数较多,馆内共展出40位艺术家的精选作品。首先吸引到我的是一系列图画,图中画有带有斑马条纹的牛,这些异化的动物成为画面中的主角符号,占据着象征人类文明的公共场所。这一系作品极具视觉冲击感。我在想,我们是否就是隐藏在这一群异化的动物背后的人。在作品一旁,还有基于作品的互动游戏可供娱乐。

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《在别处》系列 黄伟鸿 套色木刻


"On the opposite side, a multi scene- on a loop video depicting situations I think that well represent real life: a man compulsively opening the same package (think of the crazy online shopping people do) or two people doing a zombie-a-like walk (like when people walk while looking at their phones). I returned twice to this piece to deepen my reflection."

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《无尽地消磨,与时间》聂利莎 多媒体影像装置


另一边的艺术作品是一个多媒体影像装置,描绘了个人认为非常能代表现实生活的情形:拆包裹的人(如同拆快递);如行尸走肉般的两个人(如同人们边走路边看手机)。我不由得多次驻足于此,寻思其意。

"A bit further on, we could see plastic body parts connected with a bike frame and a screen. This was one of the silver prize winners. It was fascinating in the sense of color impact on eye, while comparing the human body to a machine and showing on the screen the mind output. This was not always clear as the mind is often abstract."

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《鲜果的自我构建》曾晨&鲜榨无责艺术 综合材料装置


这是二等奖获奖作品之一,色彩非常鲜明。这个综合装置是由一个看似塑料的构造、组合架和一个屏幕组成。这件作品中的视频是人工智能剪辑出来的,装置则是人工智能给自己的画像,他们最后将平面的画像变成了立体的装置。

"My favourite piece was a colored moving pattern in which the different strings moved at different times. It made me think of how things in life are intertwined, doing an action can cause a chain reaction of events, that can be further changed by other actions. It was very pleasant to watch."

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这是我最喜欢一件作品,感觉甚为有趣。彩带随机的经纬变化,会转化为不同的画面。这让我想到生活中的事物是如何相互影响的,任何一个事件的发生都会引起连锁反应,无限交织。

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《熵》ENTROPY 郭耀先 综合互动装置


"Another set of frames caught my eye as in one picture a person wearing VR seems to be in love with a machine; in another one we can see a worker and a machine with apparently the same job (can be deducted by them wearing the same symbol)as they are standing in front of urinals."


接着下来的一组作品同样吸引了我的注意。其中一张照片中,一个戴着VR眼镜的人似乎正沉浸于他的虚拟人生。另一幅图中,一个机器人正在模仿人类的行为。

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《约会》/《进化与模仿》周忠戎 数码微喷


"The first prize winner was a room with a key hole. When looking inside I saw myself, from the back, indicating the use of cameras to 'spy' on the interacting guests; another camera would show the pupil on a bigger key hole at the back of the room, making the participant vulnerable to a Big Brother situation."

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《透明社会:下一刻》许毅博 交互影像装置


一等奖获奖作品《透明社会:下一刻》以观众可以步入的房间为主体空间,在对立墙体上分别设置了“凹凸”的对应锁孔装置。当我通过小孔向内窥视,内部影像呈现的是自己站在展览空间中窥视小孔的延时画面。而同时,另一侧墙面上的锁孔会同步出现我的眼睛。我们在窥探别人的同时也在被窥探。


Among the participants there was Phelim McConigly, a young artist from Irland, which has shown his work in Bejing prior to Dystopia.


参展者中也有来自爱尔兰的青年画家Phelim McConigly,他的作品曾在北京参展。

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Q: What do you want to convey with your art?

您想通过艺术表达什么?


A: This work is called 'Foundation', I made it as my diploma work for the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. It is the plan of the former medical museum in Bulgaria that I have been working with for a number of years. I made this work in order to convey the structure of this museum that was built in 1965 and was a fuctioning medical museum until 1989.


这个作品叫做“奠基”,是我在维也纳美术学院的毕业设计。这是我与保加利亚前医学博物馆合作多年的项目。这个作品表达了博物馆的设计构造,该博物馆建于1965年,止于1989年。

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《Foundation》Phelim McConigly


The three paintings on the wall are from a series I painted this year called 'Problem Phase no problem'. I am basically trying to use a similar set of aesthetics as what you see on the floor piece, but it has kind of overlapped patterns or hard edges structure which are interwoven and trying to break down [into other types of imagery]during the process of painting. So it is quite an abstract painting, oil on canvas.


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《No title》Phelim McConiy 布面油画


这三幅画来自我今年的绘画系列,我基本是尝试使用与您在地板上看到的相似的美学元素,一些重叠的图案,这是相当抽象的布面油画。


In this special event, we are also glad to had the chance to interviewed the judge of this event Ms. Cao Xingyuan, Ph.D. in Art History at Stanford University.


在这次青年艺术盛宴上,我们采访到美国斯坦福大学美术史博士及本次评审曹星原女士。

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Q: What were the criteria in choosing the best art work?

评选优秀艺术品的标准都有哪些?


A: There is no solid guideline to follow, however we are loosley adviced that the guidelines or what we need to consider when we choose good from bad are the following: Originality- has been the most important criteria for art. Even if we are living in a postmodern world we can't still get away from originality.


Two is the concept, the idea. Three is the making, therealization. If your concept can be reutilized properly to communicate with the audience fluently we get what you want to tell us, instead of asking you 'what does this really mean', 'what do you really want to say' - that would give some mines. Pluses would be 'immediately, I get it'. That kind of shock is what we are looking for in an exihibition like this. Good art will give you the impact right the way but would give you many layers of taste.


没有特定的标准,但是我们会遵循几个基本原则:第一是原创性,是否具有原创性是衡量艺术价值的重要标准。即使我们生活在后现代世界中,我们仍然需要创意。二是想法、灵感。三是创作、呈现。如果您的想法可以正确地传递给观众,我们就会知道你想要告诉我们什么,而不是让我们思考“这到底是什么”,“你想表达什么”,这就会成为减分项。而加分项是“噢我明白了”,这是使你的作品脱颖而出的关键点。好的艺术作品直击人心,也耐人寻味。

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"Overall I really enjoyed this exihibition as it takes on real problems through the eyes of young adults, catching my eyes with different colour play and structure while poking my brain here and there in different ways. Talking to Ms. Cao and Mr. McConigly made my visit even more pleasant and a learning chance. A visit to Dystopia is raccomended and it is free."


一次很棒的艺术展体验,通过青年艺术家的视角,各种奇思妙想的创作,科技与艺术的交融、裂变,给普罗大众带来了诸多思考。与曹女士和Phelim McConiy先生的谈话让我对艺术有了更为深刻的理解。推荐“废托邦”艺术展,最主要是免费向公众开放。

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- Dystopia | iArt Youth Project -

废托邦 | 2019 iArt青年艺术计划


Keywords: technology/future/humanities

关键词:科技/未来/人文


Nov 16 - Nov 29

(Closed on Monday 周一闭馆)



📍Yuan Museum 原·美术馆

🎫Free 免费

You are welcome to explore the unknown future.
欢迎所有热爱艺术的当代青年来到“废托邦星球”,探索未知的未来世界。




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