The Pearl River Delta (PRD) has a long history of international trade and migration, and enjoys economic prosperity; but it has also been politically and culturally marginalised by central China. In the face of living and cultural disadvantages, PRD artists have invented solutions both poetic and practical.
Content of this video is derived from Teaching Labs: Contemporary Context Series talk "Pearl River Delta: From World Factory to Cultural Community." It explores contemporary art through multiple histories and cultural perspectives, this talk introduces the PRD’s unique cultural, political, and economic background, and its development of contemporary art.
Speaker: Anthony Yung, AAA Researcher
Voice over: Janet Chan
Total Length: 46 minutes
I. From World Factory to Cultural Community
Length: 12 minutes
Keywords: Rem Koolhaas, The Great Leap Forward, City of Exacerbated Difference, Hou Hanru, Canton Express
II. Pearl River Delta as a Diverse Concept
Length: 7 minutes
Keywords: geopolitics of Pearl River Delta, Guangdong in the global context
III. Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Length: 4 minutes
Keywords: Lingnan school of painting, Gao Jianfu, Guan Liang, Yang Jiechang
IV. Keywords of Guangdong Art
Length: 23 minutes
Keywords: Self-organisation, Cultural desert, Cityscape,Temporality, Rebellious,Hybridity, Tradition and subversion, Autonomy
Questions to discuss:
- How do we observe changes in our living environment and lifeitself, how can we understand “temporariness” and “permanence”?
- How do we reflect our relations with Guangdong/PRD from a personal perspective?
- Have you ever thought that Hong Kong/Guangdong is a “cultural desert”?