On 16th of January, the 2nd Beijing Art Summit International Forum held a press conference at 798 Art Zone. Mr. Wang Yanling, the CEO of Beijing Sevenstar Science & Technology Co., Ltd and the founder of 798 Art Zone, announced that the 2nd Beijing Art Summit International Forum will be held on March 12th in association with Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020. This will be a marvelous event of the contemporary art, which combines exhibition and forum together. In attendance at the press conference were Ms. Hu Xin, the general director of the forum, and Mr. Qiu Zhijie, the dean of the Institute of Experimental Arts of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the chairperson of one thematic panel of the forum. They presented the new ideas and highlights of the upcoming forum.
Beijing Art Summit International was first established in 2019 by Beijing Sevenstar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. This annual forum aims to establish a platform for dialogues between the “East” and “West”, as well as knowledge, cognition, thinking, and academic purposes. The first forum brought together a number of VIPs within art community from China and other countries to explore the theme “How Art Promotes Urban Development.” Such guests included Ms. Benedicte Alliot, president of Paris International Art City; Mr. Emmanuel Tibloux, president of the French National School of Decorative Arts; and Mr. Fan Di’an, president of the Chinese Artists Association and president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The former prime minister of France, Mr. Dominique de Villepin, also attended the opening ceremony as a guest speaker.
The 2nd Beijing Art Summit International Forum will focus on the global key topic "Art and Technology". The organizer will invite the French curator, Jerome Neutres, and Mr. Qiu Zhijie, Chinese artist and dean of the Institute of Experimental Arts at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, to lead two thematic panels respectively. The hope is to discuss the following questions: In the era of rapid developments of science and technology, the progress of technology brings various conveniences and conflict. How are the fields of art and technology be related? What exactly does an artist have to interpret, adjust to, use, cope/collaborate with technology?
As the founder and sponsor of the forum, Mr. Wang Yanling made the following statement: This is the second annual Beijing Art Summit International Forum. We established this series in order to address three main concerns:
Firstly, it is necessary to have a platform that parallels dialogues of the oriental and occidental civilizations. This promotes communication and brings pioneering themes coming from the Oriental aesthetic and contemporary art of China into an international context.
Secondly, the developments within contemporary art in China need this type of forum. These developments can be divided into three phases: the initial phase from 1990-2000; the second phase of explosive growth from 2000-2015; and the current phase of high-quality prosperity. While this current phase of art in China is successful, it is also very chaotic and muddled, therefore it is necessary to classify and organize differing points of view and ideas. There are many cutting-edge topics worth being explored and reviewed theoretically with the help of professional expertise.
Thirdly, the explosive advancements of technology are making the world enter into a new era. Within the span of two years, we can produce as much material wealth as the sum of the past ten thousand years. This is the power of technology. It has affected society tremendously, even reshaped the ways of our existence, social structures, and fundamental human ideas. Given this information, we have chosen the title “Art and Technology” for our second forum with the aim of exploring the deeply mutual connection and effects between art and technology from two perspectives. Furthermore, our forum is a non-profit initiative in which all the emerging results will be shared with the public in the form of texts and videos. We hope these results will add some new vitality to the art community and to our world.
The general director Ms. Hu Xin has introduced the leading concept of this year’s forum. She said, “This year we will utilize the organizational formula of 1+2. This means, we will launch the opening ceremony with one keynote speech, and in subsequence two thematic panels. The former president of the French Commission of UNESCO, Mr. Jean Audouze, has accepted our invitation of delivering the keynote speech. He is among the first leaders, who have pushed UNESCO to establish the project “Science and Art”, since he is convinced that ‘both science and art are of great importance to humanity, while science helps us to explore the world, art makes us appreciate the world.’ Mr. Su Xinping, vice dean of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, will attend the session as our invited discussant. For the two thematic panels, we have invited the French curator Jerome Neutres as the chairperson for the panel ‘Is the digital art era changing the concept of exhibition and the rules of curation?’, and Mr. Qiu Zhijie, the dean of the Institute of Experimental Arts of the Central Academy of Fine Arts as the chairperson for the panel ‘Art and Science’. We hope, the public will gain inspiration from the forum and become informed of how the international art community responds to and reflects on the rapid developments of science and technology.”
As the chair and moderator of a thematic panel, Mr. Qiu Zhijie will lead the dialogues concerning art and science and technology. At the press conference he said, “Since the 20th century, the field of art has expanded...sound art, video art, lumia art, multimedia art. In fact, this has already entered into the dimensions of science and technology art. The teachers and students at the Academy of Fine Arts have put in great effort into learning and understanding science and technology in order to make better works of art which belong to this era. We might say, as an artist we work exactly in the same way as a scientist would. We speculate as much as we can, then we do experiments to confirm our speculations. I am glad to participate this year’s forum. With the focus on “Art and Technology,” the second forum of these series, has already been considered sensitive by the organizer. It deals with true social concerns.”
In the panel he and the other participants will concentrate discussions similar to the following: Most technological innovations have been invented to make human life easier and more comfortable. Scientific and technological progress has also brought unprecedented surprises and great joy to people. They have changed the world, our lifestyles, even our way of existence. Art, on the other hand, comes from life, but all branches of life interact with technology; some even disappear because of technology and are forgotten. How should we interpret, adjust to, use, or cope/cooperate with the new science and technology, which bring out so many varied conveniences and conflicts?
The other panel, led by the French curator Jerome Neutres, will focus on the question: Is the digital art era changing the concept of exhibition and the rules of curation? In a globally digitalized world, computing art is becoming a major medium for art creation. All over the world artists use the computer as a new visual language to invent new forms and new images; A new art for a new world. In parallel, art centers, art festivals, and museums have been starting to propose various formats of exhibitions of this latest version of the “new medias” field. However, the characteristics of digital art oblige to transform the vision, the scenography, and the timing of shows. Generative, immersive, sometimes interactive, and often needing darkness, this form of art transforms also the relationship between the audience and the artwork - the art exhibition becoming a true physical experience. After changing the definition of “art work”, will digital art change the concept of “exhibition”?
Wang Yanling, the CEO of Beijing Seven Stars Chinese Electric and Technology Group Co., Ltd. and the Chairman of Beijing 798 Cultural and Creative Industry Investment Co., Ltd, interviewed by the journalists
Hu Xin, the general director of Beijing Art Summit International 2020 and Secretary-General of Forum culturel franco-chinois
Qiu Zhijie, the prestigious modern artist and the professor at CAFA