UB Art Research & Practice in Beijing
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center. With a history that dates back three millennia, Beijing has been the political center of the country for much of the past eight centuries. Renowned for both its opulent historical sites and collections, and its dynamic contemporary culture, Beijing is considered the center of art and culture in China.
Offered by the Department of Art, University at Buffalo in collaboration with the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, the UB Art Research & Practice Study Abroad course is a two-week Beijing residency that consists of an intense academic exchange and the generation of research/creative collaborations between MFA graduate students and recent alum from the Department of Art, University at Buffalo, and the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. The course will be delivered at the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University; participants are, however, expected to utilize the comprehensive urban context of Beijing in their study. The interdisciplinary curriculum is developed by senior faculty from both institutions and is designed to support the production of new work based on cross-institutional collaborations. The final form of the works will materialize as professional exhibitions.
The course taught during this Study Abroad Program is an art studio course ART 599 / ART 699, worth 3 credits. It will focus on the urban site of Beijing as a source for research and production. ART 599 / ART 699 will be taught by Professor Millie Chen in collaboration with Tsinghua faculty, Assistant Professor Eric Fan Feng. The course will focus on the practice of installation, which has been a predominant genre in western contemporary art since the mid 20th century, with its origins stemming from the early avant-garde. Its practice in China began in the late 1980s, but has become a strong feature of contemporary Chinese art practice. Studio practice will be integrated with theory, exploring the history and practice of installation and site-specific art in China. It moves material form into the complex socio-cultural space of the urban environment of Beijing. The course consists of the development and production of student projects and presentations, lectures, screenings, directed reading and discussion, site research visits. A structured sequence of conceptual foci include material, sensorial, psychological, cultural, political and economic considerations of body and social space in the specific urban context. Installation sites are sought out, negotiated and utilized in the realization of collaborative student projects.
This study abroad course is considered to be the first part of a two-part academic exchange program between the Department of Art and the Academy of Arts & Design. The second part of the program will take place at University at Buffalo when the participating Tsinghua University students conduct their Buffalo residency in Fall 2018.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Faculty Program Director:
Professor Millie Chen