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Heteromorphic Space

Shapes of human bodies, sculptured in specific movements, show the subjective consciousness. The projections of the bodies on the ground, as symbols, represent an objective reality. Light is the connection, the medium between subjectivity and objectivity.

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Situ Xiaochun

Artist, Sculptor, Digital and Multimedia Export

Situ Xiaochun was born in Beijing, China in 1973. He graduated at the High school affiliated with the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in 1992. Then, he studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, under the guidance of the Chinese sculptor Cao Chunsheng, and got his bachelor’s degree in 1997.

As a pioneer of digital art research in China, Situ Xiaochun explores and practices digital technology and art creation. Most of his works created with “digital”, revolve around life, emotions, human nature and philosophy. He also experiences the use of digital technology as a material and explores the concept of digital art language. His research on space and shape through digital technology created a unique and multidimensional understanding, which is at the basis of his unique artistic style. His work has the perspective of the digital age.

Situ Xiaochun exhibits often in China and abroad. He participates also in international research projects, especially in the field of digital and culture, writes articles and gives speeches in international conferences. Currently, the artist is working and living in Beijing.

Exhibition

2015

SWEET HOME, award of Baotou Urban Sculpture Contest, Baotou, China

EMOTIONAL COORDINATION, “Without Imagination” - Chinese Public Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China

BREAK WAVE, award of Chinese Sculpture and Culture Art Festival, Changsha, China

2014

ENERGY, award of Pingtan International Sculpture Contest, Pingtan, China

REALIZE, award of “South-north water diversion project”Sculpture contest, Henan, China

WE, award of Chinese Fuzhou International Sculpture Exhibition, Fuzhou, China

2013

Statue of ATP president Mr. Brad Drewett, unveiled at China National Tennis Center, Beijing, China

WATER OF LIFE, trophy for Trendscar’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, Beijing, China

2012

LIFE, award of Sanya’s International Urban Sculpture Contest, Sanya, China

YOU ME HIM, award of Chinese International Steel Sculpture Contest, Maanshan, China

PORTRAIT OF RED FLAG, BQ Media and Art Exhibition, Beijing, China

READ OVER series and TIME COMPRESS series, “No Net” Exhibition of China open, Beijing, China

2011

YOU ME HIM and SECRET OF SOUL, award of 798 Art Festival Outdoor Exhibition, Beijing, China

2007

BRIGHT, Korea-China Art Exhibition, Beijing, China

2000

YESTERDAY-TODAY-TOMORROW, Beijing Youth Sculptor Exhibition, Beijing, China

1999

Sculptor in the Rent collection courtyard project at 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Research

2015

“Growing up in the digital age”, article published in Cultural Heritage in a Changing World, edited by the RICHES project and published by Springler, UK

2014

“Digital cultural heritage and digital art in China”, second keynote speech in the 1st International conference of RICHES EU project (FP7)

2011

“Digital and Art Creation”, article published in the portal www.digitalmeetsculture.net

Digital and Art

the digital thinking allows Situ to reformulate the relationship between shape, space and materials, using technology to create different observation methods.

Situ Xiaochun

Artist, Sculptor

Digital and Multimedia Export

Biography

Heteromorphic Space series

The perceptual geometry of Situ's bronzes

Heteromorphic space is the new sculptural collection of Situ Xiaochun. It shows a human inner world of digital and clay, the result of a combination of realistic art and digital technology. Shapes of human bodies, sculptured in specific movements, show the subjective consciousness. The projections of the bodies on the ground, as symbols, represent an objective reality. Light is the connection, the medium between subjectivity and objectivity.

“Our spiritual world” Situ says “is complex, it twists and turns, is full of contradictions and illusions. While the physical world is our own objective existence, light plays on behalf of the environment; it is a bridge, a kind of communication that connects our spiritual world with the physical one. Through the light, shapes appear in the real world”. Almost like a memory of the Platonic cave, this process does not produce full knowledge, but it results in an image of our spiritual world.

An extensive technical experience and many years spent researching with digital equipment has forged Situ’s figurative mind, providing him a new way to watch and to think. On one side, the traditional creation process strengthens the shapes expression; on the other hand, the digital thinking allows Situ to reformulate the relationship between shape, space and materials, using technology to create different observation methods. Equalization & quantification along with many other digital techniques contribute to mold the artwork, together with the thorough touch of his sculptor’s hands. It is a new virtual/figurative artistic language through which Situ welcomes us to experience his elegant and genuine Heteromorphic space.

Symbol series

Symbol series is sculpture works that artist created simple 3D symbol to transmit complex message.

Symbol series

Symbol series is sculpture works that artist created simple 3D symbol to transmit complex message.

Digital and Art Creation

“Digital and Art Creation”, article published in the portal www.digitalmeetsculture.net

Digital cultural heritage
and digital art in China

The first international conference of RICHES project took place in Pisa on 4-5 December 2014, entitled “Cultural heritage: Recalibrating Relationships”; the event was organized by project partner Promoter in the aristocratic venue of Palazzo Lanfranchi, a patrician palace on the riverbanks of Arno river, that hosts the collection of the Museum of Graphics of the city. The Beijing Youth Daily was media partner of the conference together with the e-zine www.digitalmeetsculture.net.

The conference opened in the afternoon of 4th December, when the about 100 attendees, after the registration and a nice welcome coffee, took seat in the large room of the second floor, fully dedicated to the conference. Welcome speeches of Antonella Fresa from Promoter, Dario Danti Chancellor of Culture in representation of Pisa municipality, Alessandro Tosi scientific director of the Museum of Graphics and Mauro Fazio from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development introduced the day. Then there were speeches by two associate partners of Riches project: Francesca Lanz from Politecnico di Milano about MeLa Project, on the topic of European Museums in an age of migrations; and José María MartÍn Civantos, from Universidad de Granada about MEMOLA Project, Mediterranean Mountainous Landscapes. Finally, Neil Forbes from Coventry University spoke about the vision, the research areas and the outcomes of RICHES project.

The evening was concluded with cultural activities: a guided tour to the exhibition of Tullio Pericoli, renowned Italian painter and illustrator, on show in the first floor of the Museum of Graphics, and a visit of a crowd-sourced exhibition of vintage photos, realized in the framework of another EU project about digitization of historical photographs, named Europeana Photography.

On the second day, the conference began with Neil Forbes who took again the microphone for the first keynote speech entitled "Assessing value in cultural heritage". It is widely recognized European cultural heritage is an important component of collective and individual identity and that it contributes to the cohesion of the EU and to the creation of links between citizens. At the same time, a number of challenges and pressures threaten to undermine this immeasurably rich endowment. The over-riding need, it is said, is to promote cultural heritage’s intrinsic value. But what is meant by ‘value’ in this context? The speech by prof. Forbes illustrated a few of the issues involved by drawing on selected examples of contested values around cultural heritage.

Second keynote speaker and honor guest from Peking was Xiaochun Situ with a lecture entitiled "Digital art and digital cultural heritage in China". The lecture focused on several aspects of digital art and digital cultural heritage, in three parts: the first part attempted to describe how Chinese artists, Chinese art critics and Chinese media think about “digital”. The presentation of the personal experience of Situ and the interviews of some artists, critics, galleries and art organisations directors were also aimed to understand the effect of the “digital” on the creative process and to give a personal opinion about the Chinese digital art’s status quo. Main objective of the second part of Situ’s speech was to investigate the state of digitalisation of cultural heritage in China, with a focus on libraries, museums and galleries. The data on digital cultural heritage has been acquired from the UNESCO reports, in order to understand which digitalisation projects were already completed and which organisations are working at it. This issue was discussed according to the introduction and implementation of the Chinese government’s directives, showing how the governmental organisations are working and providing some indications about what is on plan. Finally, considerations on the broader question “what is the future of digital culture?” concluded Situ’s lecture.

Although not present on site, the third keynote speaker of the conference was Bill Thompson from BBC , who provided a video speech and then virtually joined the event via skype for question and answers. The theme of his speech was "Broadcast Archives as Cultural Heritage: can the BBC engage as well as it informs, educates and entertains?", trying to investigate how a big broadcaster as BBC can now engage as a store and source of cultural heritage, if it is possible for BBC to permit unmediated access to the cultural assets it creates without mediation and control, and what impact technological innovation will have on the BBC’s future role.

Last but now least, Karol Jan Borowiecki intervened in the conference as fourth keynote, with a lecture about "Personal relationships and the formation of cultural heritage: The case of music composers in history". Using data on the lives of 522 prominent music composers born in the 18th and 19th centuries, it is shown how creative clusters formed in Paris, Vienna and London, and how locating in a musical city greatly increased a composer’s productivity.

After the lunch and the visit to the poster session of the conference, the second part of the day begun, introduced and moderated by Dick Van Dijk. The afternoon was conceived as a co-creation session, intended as an experimental activity aimed at demonstrating how the public can be creator (and so co-creator, together with the heritage professionals) as well as user of cultural contents. The co-creation session included participation of Janine Prins (Waag Society), Douwe-Sjoerd Boschma, Ilias Zian (National Museum of World Cultures, Leiden) and Emma Waslander (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), Hodan Warsame, Simone Zeefuik and Tirza Balk (collective Redmond Amsterdam) and Laura van Broekhoven (Stichting Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden).

The conference ended with final conclusions and remarks, and the sense of having participated in a really interesting and international event: a wealth of consideration and input around the theme of reducing the distance between people and culture. In this sense, the overall topic of these two-days was recalibrating the relationship between heritage professionals and heritage users in order to maximise cultural creativity and ensure that the whole European community can benefit from the social and economic potential of Cultural Heritage.




Further information:
The conference website: http://pisaconference2014.riches-project.eu/
The Riches project website: http://www.riches-project.eu/
The project Blog: http://www.digitalmeetsculture.net/projects/riches/

Growing up in the digital age

“Growing up in the digital age”, article published in Cultural Heritage in a Changing World, edited by the RICHES project and published by Springler, UK

Pingtan opens first international urban sculpture exhibition

The First Pingtan International Urban Sculpture Exhibition was held in Pingtan Sculpture Park in Pingtan, Fujian Province, on Oct 10.

The exhibition, themed "Harmony, Development and Dream", featured 48 master works which had been selected from 19 countries since June, 2013. These exquisite works will be forever kept in Pingtan Sculpture Garden, situated by the south coast of the Zhuyu Lake in Pingtan.

Li Dejin, secretary of Pingtan’s Party Working Committee, and Wang Shengxi, deputy director-general of Fujian Provincial Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department, jointly inaugurated Pingtan Sculpture Park.

“Pingtan not only needs to improve its economic development but also its cultural soft power,” said Chen Dongrong, deputy director of Pingtan’s management committee. “Through this event, Pingtan is expected to get attention from more people.”

“We are glad to leave our sculptures here,” said Xiao Changzheng, a famous artist from Taiwan, “The harmony between art and nature beautifies Pingtan and creates a different city memory for visitors.”

From China Daily

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