Two likes I would like to share today. One: Lecture, a Chinese tv program hosted by iCNTV. Two: Xu Bing, a Chinese-born artist.
Lecture is a weekly program that invites a different scholar every week to give a lecture on their respective discipline. Speakers range from entrepreneurs, biologists, physicists, writers, artists, economists, writers, actors, to you name it. So far I've watched around a dozen episodes and each speaker has inspired and motivated the many directions of my life, including the culmination of my artistry.
I sincerely hope (for those of you who understand Chinese, as unfortunately there are no English subtitles) to watch some Lecture episodes. They're available on YouTube.
Now onto Xu Bing, an artist most well known for his printmaking skills, installations pieces, and creative artistic use of language and words. (The video you see above is his episode on Lecture.)
He is currently the president of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. His cultural creativity drew me in. One of the many artworks he has created include his Square Word Calligraphy (below left). 20 years ago, he began manipulating English letters and bending their horizontal side by side conventional structure into the blocks of Chinese characters. Believe it or not, all you English readers out there, you can understand the work below! I found it extremely interesting.
Another work they showcased on the episode was a book that was conventionally written (horizontal lines, left to right), yet entirely using simple pictures (below right). At first I though it was nonsensical writing, but when he narrated a page...it all made sense! Oh how great is the pleasure when you discover the essence of the artwork and are able to relate to it!