2021-01-20 17:26 |美术报
Chief curator of the First Jinan International Biennale、President of Central Academy of Fine Arts
The concept of "harmony" includes three dimensions. First and foremost, the harmony of human society, which is how to form a "harmony" situation, the power of "harmony" and the atmosphere of "harmony" as social members in social context. Second, "harmony" is the harmony between human and nature. Human and nature are the common thinking propositions of human beings at all times worldwide. The third dimension is the harmony between difffferent cultures. Since the spirit and essence of "harmony" can provide resources for mutual learning, dialogue and exchanges among civilizations, how to encourage the original meaning and connotation of "harmony" become a driving force of today's artistic creation and innovation is a new academic proposition.
Chief Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial、Director of Shandong Art Museum
Shandong is the birthplace of Confucianism, and the notion of "harmony" is at its core. It has inflfluenced Chinese people's thinking and behavior for thousands of years. Its connotations embody universal values, so we chose "harmony" as the theme of this biennial and named "Harmo-Power." The idea is to adopt contemporary art as a means to stimulate a new force for the harmonious development of the world under the guidance of "harmony." The biennial is not only an exhibition but, more importantly, it reveals our determination and courage to overcome disasters and our hope for a better future.
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennia、Director of Osthaus Museum Hagen Germany
Mr Fan Di'an gave the leitmotif of "Harmo-power”.you may stumble across both terms that seem to form an opposing pair. Harmony, so popularly, is a kind of feeling of happiness while "power" has to do with: energy, power and strength. “Harmony” is therefore a substantial term that includes opposites as well as they can also unite with one another. The second term “power” is therefore not understood as a contradiction, but as a kind of controlling impulse. This is ultimately a social ideal that can also be found in the sphere of art.
Hans de Wolf
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial、Professor of Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
Sometimes, it appears to me that the word HARMONY comes with the sound of one long and deep whisper, that originates from the memory of times and leads us to the hills of the future. It can never be defined as a whole but it presumes indeed an aspiration for balance and wisdom, a state of mind that aspires to achieve a higher understanding of this world (with the worst and the best it has to offer) combined with an attitude capable of handling all possible situations that society can confront us with, here and now. So, the ideal of HARMONY, so dear to the old schools of Chinese philosophy, unavoidably includes a system of self-protection of that harmony and it appears to me that the idea of HARMO-POWER could well be the most recent expression of that long-standing spiritual tradition, and thus, it could, perhaps, also include the deep desire to bring the world back to balance.
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial、Chief Curator of Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
As a result of COVID-19, the originally unpredictable world of human civilization has become more and more unpredictable. At this time, the theme of Jinan International Biennale -“Harmo- Power" is more signifificant. Today, the pace of civilization transformation is accelerating, and a complex era that cannot rely on simple predictions has arrived. The new Biennale abandons the old practice of declaring claims to the outside world and aims to overcome global crises through harmony between individuals, or between individuals and society, and nature. This could overcome the limitations of the old model and put forward the possibility of leading a new future.
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial， Professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts
We have also noted that the English translation of the theme "Harmo-Power" implies multiple meanings and deep thoughts. The phonetic semblance of this term redefines and renames of this neologism, which contributes new meaning to the concept of "harmo-power". First of all, the relationship between tradition and contemporary. Secondly, the relationship between "local" and "global." Thirdly, on the relationship between “thematic” and “diversity.”
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial，Member of the Curatorial Committee of China Artists Association
The first Jinan International Biennale proposed the concept of "Harmo-Power," which is based on the process of learning from the West after more than a century, to return to the self, to gain wisdom from traditional Chinese culture, and to search for a way of resolving world problems. Mr. Fan Di’an notion of "harmony" for the first Jinan International Biennale is based on this idea and thought process, which fully respects the diversity and differences of world culture and art, and to search for harmonious and symbiotic value consensus on the premise of multiculturalism. Of course, the process of how to visually transform the theoretical issues and influence the artist's practice still requires further studies. Therefore, Mr. Fan Di’an adds the term "power" after "harmony" into a neologism that would transform the philosophy of harmony into a kind of cultural energy, a type of driving force for artistic creation.
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial, Deputy Dean of the School of Fine Arts of Shandong University of Arts
The exhibition "Harmo-Power" is an exhibition of access, which will bear witness to this time's circumstances and conditions. “Harmony" is ideal; the impetus refers to "access","harmo-power" suggests the accessibility of ideals. It explores the way in which ideals become accessible reality, or the way in which to inseminate and materialize them. It is a discussion and research topic on mutual access among artistic practices.It is a tactile claim to power that would maintain culture's conviviality even in the face of "isolation."
- Curator of the First Jinan International Biennale, Deputy Director of the Jinan Art Museum
"Harmony" as a youth: The youth is a nation's future. The Biennale's establishment of the Young Curators Program aims to encourage young curators to explore and question the origin of art, integrate heritage and innovation, and fully demonstrate the truthful thinking and artistic expressions of contemporary young artists post-pandemic era.
"Harmony" for the youth: the Confucian principle of "inner sage and outer king," which aims to cultivate the inner self and endure the outer world. From the Young Curators Program of the Jinan International Biennale, a group of young curators with academic context and depth and forward-looking and open-mindedness will be discovered and cultivated.
Curator of the First Jinan International Biennial,Independent Curator
Amid a pandemic, how should we understand the existence of life, to reconceive the notions of travel and chance encounters, and to understand the coexistence of everything and everyone? These are real and conceptual probes, as well as spiritually guided attempts, and it is abstract. It's the concrete attempts with spiritual direction, and everything triggers a change that engenders the unfinished, personal, compounded interactions and entanglements.
Let’s think about what is contemporary? What is instrumentalization? And the possibilities of the future?
"Harmo-Power" can be conceived as the overlapping of energy in a state of convergence, down to the smallest detail that each artist can carry forward and contribute, or as a macro-posture of increasing entropy and decreasing entropy, the future of a possibility under one or more algorithmic models.
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