No Masters in the Contemporary: Decentralized Collective Creation
April 21, 2021
“─Contemporary has come to designate something more than simply the art of the present moment. In my view, moreover, it designates less a period than what happens after there are no more periods in some master narrative of art, and less a style of making art than a style of using styles.” ─Arthur Danto, After the End of Art
In this seminar, Chia-Hsing Ho, designer of Timonium Lake, and Chien-Hung Huang, director of Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, discussed how creators should orient themselves and participate in collective creative actions of the “current” times in a contemporary situation when ideological indicators are lost.
The masters were the forerunners who characterized the style and thoughts in the modernist period. When art progressed into the contemporary period, the concept of indicators existing in specific fields have gradually been phased out. The perspective changed from a point to a network and from being focused to diffused, symbolizing that people’s recognition of the morally right or wrong has diverged: What is good or bad, can it be defined, what is “contemporary” become the most pressing questions.
In this seminar, Chia-Hsing Ho exemplified how graphic designers can respond to the changes in culture with the styling work he has been doing for many years; Chien-Hung Huang, from the angle of the French philosophical system, compiled the reimagining of art originated from changes in international politics, the economy and society throughout history.
Planned and co-organized by tuanco.︎︎︎.
Published: April 8, 2021. Last Updated: August 16, 2022.