Glossary: Studio
名詞解釋: 工作室

In the post-studio era, the image of the studio has diversified. The contemporary studios, range from the huge artist factory to a powerful laptop, from a research lab to a desk in the artist flat. It is not necessarily a place where hands and clothes get dirty; the idea of physical space is no longer a major concern for many. The definition of ‘The Studio’ accommodates the increasingly expanding understanding of art practice, and evolves with it almost simultaneously.


However, what a physical space does provide is the peer group environment. In art school, the art practice modules are often named as ‘Studio practice’. In an art college setting, many students would share a room that is divided into different studio spaces, or just ‘tables’. Despite the limited space given, the accompanying of other students, the conversation and inspiration one can get in a studio environment are both crucial to many young artists’ development. This also carries on benefiting the artist in the earlier stage of their career, when they need to share rented studio spaces with others. Therefore, the studio needs to be open. Events such as ‘Open Studios’ these days, invites the public to see arts in non-exhibition formats. It opens up the gap between the private and the public.

但與此同時,一個工作室空間所能提供的,是一個和其他藝術家共事的環境。在藝術學校中,藝術創作課往往被稱作‘工作室創作’。每個學生都會和數位其他同學共用一個空間,空間往往被粗略分割開,或者用不同桌子來代表其差別。儘管空間甚小,但其中與其他藝術家所產生的對話和交流,對年青藝術家往往是至關重要的。當他們從學校工作室搬入別處合租的工作室時,這樣的環境也會繼續沿襲下來。也正是因為如此,工作室需要保持‘開放’,時常會有‘工作室開放日’(Open Studio)這樣的活動,邀請大眾或是同僚來參觀工作室,來看看在工作室狀態中展出的作品,而這樣的活動,也正是拉近藝術家們與觀眾距離的一個方式。

The increasing amount of foreign residencies rejects a narrow definition of the studio as fixed and local space. As artists nowadays complete their research through traveling or swap studios with artist abroad, the space of the studio has moved beyond its white walls. It is becoming increasingly fluid and temporary. Many artists consider the cyber space as their studio; artists live online while the storage is left to the cloud. Nevertheless, in this so-called post-internet eras, as increasing amount of artists are advancing their technology. There’s no need to have a physical well-lit space, and the overtly often conversations and exchanges could even be considered as redundant to some artists. This is a reflection of the shift from a labor-intensive art production; to the increasingly conceptual-led or technologically informed art practice.


Nowadays, studio is no longer a sacred place where only the artistic gestures are performed, the artist is more than anytime in the history, situated in a network of the art world. Studio therefore is also a space where emails and other daily mundane tasks are resolved. The art admin works that continues to demand artist’s production hours is taking over much of the ‘practice’ time. The indoor labor of art production to many mostly operates through a laptop. Throughout history, studio serves as the temporary space for a piece of artwork. Studio never dies, it is only been increasingly understood in its expanded forms.


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