Pluralism and Interiority Reflected in Applied Arts
April 6, 2022
“─The true meaning of the so-called pluralism should be to build a bridge of dialogue, to step out of one's own narrow perspective and expand one's own experience, but now it has become an excuse to divide society and create confrontation.”
The book The Diversity Delusion analyzes American culture and educational policies by inspecting social issues, and proposes how multiculturalism is threatened by contemporary conundrums: the disoriented judgment of values and the forsaken tradition of truth-seeking. The individual is losing the criteria of values during the process of constructing subjectivity. This implies that there's a danger that “the choosing of stances” is becoming pan-political. When the “acceptance” of pluralism is established on the premise of “exclusivity,” we will be deviating from the objective of multiculturalism that the public should respect differences in the society.
Accelerated progress and ever-changing boundaries have been observed. To understand the driving forces of the phenomenon, Acceptance: Boundaries deconstructed the sociopsychology reflected between the motivations of the consumer market and the communication strategies of creators. This applied arts-centred project responded to the theme by drawing on the practices of the creators. Exploring the entirety from the process of building individual subjectivity, the project attempts to offer reconciliation for the progressive and conservative ends.
YC Chen, the Executive Director of TPadd assoc. and the manager of pon ding Bookstore, and Hsing-Kai Peng, the Chairman of TPadd assoc. and a graphic designer shared successful cases from around the world at the seminar. The inspiring examples presented how applied arts can serve as an intermediary between society and arts; reflected how creators reconciled their inner identities with diverse values; provided a retrospective view on the impact of severing design from applied arts. Collectively, the speakers bounced ideas about the landscape for Taiwan's creators and unveiled the series of seminars.
Planned and co-organized by pong ding︎︎︎ & tuanco.︎︎︎.
Published: April 6, 2022. Last Updated: August 16, 2022.