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ART.ZIP Issue 15

ISSUE 15, 線上閱讀|Online Reading

Since 2012, we have been presenting annual theatre-centred editions every year. Theatre in Britain is a highly industrialised artistic conglomeration, and has far-reaching impacts on British society and art. It carries on the humanistic traditions and values of the country, and extends and shapes reflection and understanding of the current society. In any form of art, if it wishes to maintain its thriving vitality, it is necessary to cultivate its audience and evolve into what echoes with the times—British theatres’ exploration and practice, in this regard, is too fruitful to neglect. They infuse the most creative ideas into productions for the young, arousing in them interests in art and passion for life. In this issue, we focus on British theatre for the young, examining how theatres, creative practices, marketing, humanistic education and audience cultivation are organically ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 14

ISSUE 14, 線上閱讀|Online Reading

China and Britain, east in Asia and west in Europe, breed different cultures, beliefs and logics. Geographically, these two distantly parted countries barely seem to connect, let alone closely with each other. However, in their enduring history, in which both countries have been making contributions to humanity, China and Britain have also been exerting profound influences upon each other. Nevertheless, examining each other with their respective coordinates will surely result in totally different understandings from the native ones. With the deepening of globalization and rapid development of information technologies, there are closer co-operations and exchanges between the two powers, yet their distinctive cultural backgrounds and ways of thinking may often come in the way of east-west communication. To ensure win-win on common interests, cultural exchange is the sole means to promote mutual understanding and remove barriers. In this issue, we document both British and Chinese cultural exchange programmes during this year in order ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 13

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“Curator” is a strange concept for most Chinese. In China, the word is often understood as its Chinese “equivalent” (Cezhanren) suggests—the one (ren) who plans (ce) the exhibition (zhan). However, the original meaning of “curator” as a borrowing word is never correctly conveyed in this translation. With the coming of the information era, a globalized and networking society is also bringing tremendous changes in art, and the word “curator”, popular as it has already been, seems to gradually become fatigued. Its everchanging connotation and denotation is a witness to the development of its concept under various contexts and in different logical categories of art. In this issue, we will explore an “artist as curator” phenomenon. Such a concept has sparkled discussions in the art circles in recent years, which, however, fail to stage effective dialogues among individuals who engage themselves differently in art. In my opinion, “artist as curator” represents a more democratic way of artistic expression ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 12

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Theatre in the UK integrates a variety of art forms, deserving great attention and meticulous studies through its prosperity. Alongside the rapid development of technology like multimedia and internet, theatre industry and culture in the UK are constantly evolving. As a publication that is attentive to the development of cultural and creative industry, we review one particular theatrical topic every year. In this issue, we present the development of "visual theatre" in the UK. Though "visual theatre" has yet been rigorously defined, its conceptualization and practice has become a remarkable topic for all theatre practitioners in the UK. It pertains to the nature of theatre: construction and expression through the visual. It is acknowledged that text, the verbal and the music are still to some the primary components of theatre, so we have taken for this issue the stance of the "alternative", including discussions of theatrical forms such as mime, puppetry, physical theatre, contemporary circus and so on. We do not deliberately ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 11

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An ‘artist's studio', literally, refers to the place where an artist works. For most people, an artist’s studio is a place of mystery, the birthplace of numerous great works of art and romance. But what kind of a space is it? What is the interrelationship between the artist, their creation and the studio space? To help unveil this mystery, we visited a number of British artists in their studios, where we were treated to a sneak peak behind the scenes, and heard from the horse’s mouth what the significance of such a sacred place is. With this insider knowledge, we are able to reveal and present a hand-picked selection of artists and their studios from around the ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 10

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In the art industry, both the theoretical and practical aspects of education are necessary. China and the UK have different approaches when it comes to education both in the structure of learning and its fundamental purpose. As more and more Chinese students study artistic subjects in the UK, it is necessary to review art education comprehensively. As part of the special feature in this issue, we interviewed various educational institutions, artistic organisations and individuals. We discussed the differences between the current educational system in art and other subjects, to provide our readers with a broader perspective of the present state of art education and the direction of its development in the UK. Different methods of teaching will influence the way art develops in British & Chinese culture. We hope this topic can stir up conversation in the British artistic industry and educational sectors in both China and the ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 9

ISSUE 9, 線上閱讀|Online Reading

Theatre is a collection of many art forms. Through a comprehensive presentation, we could deeply feel the blending and collision of various art forms, like literature, dance, performing art, music, visual arts and etc. The development of British theatre occupies an important place worldwide, while its vigorous development momentum is also leading the trend of world theatre. In this issue, we have invited PERFORMANCE INFINITY, a UK art consultant in performance art, for a special feature on contemporary British theatre, mainly focusing on ‘New Writing’ in London Theatres as a clue to discover contemporary theatres in London and drama ...
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ART.ZIP Issue 8

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Ever since the invention of photographic technology, in less than 200 years, photography has already become an indispensable part of our lives and work, profoundly altering our lives and perspective of viewing the world. Nowadays, with the advance of technology, photographic equipment can be quite easily accessed, and the marriage of smart phones and digital cameras already achieves the myth of universal camera possession available to everyone. Like many great inventions, when people get used to its companion and indulge in the convenience it brings along, photography of its core essence of charismatic mystery and eccentric----the magic of reconciling the “instant” and “eternal”, the two contradictory concepts, is gradually being forgotten. Since from the day of its appearance that dawns, photography is destined to change the course of visual arts. For over a century, its irreplaceable functionality and breathtaking expression have been leading enormous amount of people to explore and think, and its impact and destruction ...