Avita Jinhong Guo, artist and writer
Gaorui Sun, curator
Pingzi (Yunping Zhang), poet and writer
February 6, 2021 / 15:00-17:00
ABOUT THE EVENT
The exhibition Collection as Poem in the Age of Ephemerality explored the spectrum of poetry in the context of contemporary art and discussed how the artists view and use the language in their artistic creation. As a literary genre with distinctive representation and implicit meanings, poetry usually posts “intentional distortion to the standard language” to facilitate the multiple possibilities of language and texts. In contemporary art, artists’ focus on poetry has expanded from text creation to sound, semantics, and other social and psychological topics. Lawrence Abu Hamdan raises skeptical opinions of law and human rights protection through conversation analysis; Jesse Darling’s work centers around a critique of the prosumer’s performative–self produced by late capitalism. Art, in the age of ephemerality, is echoing the function of poetry by documenting and witnessing this world. Starting from those stories behind displayed artworks, the artists brought the topic of the poem to the talk and discussed literary and artistic creation, where our poetic feelings come from, how language should be properly used, and how to better understand the meanings behind poetry and language.
In this talk, the guests started discussing poetry and sharing thoughts through their respective artistic practices. The curator Sun Gaorui talked about her “poetic” exhibition—how she used text and sound as a vocabulary to narrate the entire exhibition; the poet Pingzi and artist Guo Jinhong shared with the audience their approach to forming unique understandings of poetry and language through writing and other artistic practices.
About The Artists
About The Curators