Arts and technologies may sound like two separated fields but Fabio Cavallucci shows us that they are closely related.
1. Lecture: Interaction Between Technologies, Arts and Culture
At the first lecture in the evening of November 7th, Fabio Cavallucci fully analyzed several representative paintings to show us how these artists applied the method of perspective to create an impression of space, for example, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Raffaello’s Scuola di Atene. Fabio’s vivid and profound explanation led us to remix our rational thoughts and aesthetic feelings. It was the first time that we looked into the law of nature lying behind liberal arts.
2. Outdoor Evening Talk: Contemporary Technologies and Arts
During the outdoor evening talk on November 9th, Fabio argued that arts delivered us a new insight on life and he tried to explain it further by analyzing the development of modern arts. Arts were not only exhibition of beauty and expression of inner emotion, but also observation on nature and description of reality. Technologies helped arts improve and innovate, and therefore, humans can sense how the world related to them more deeply.
3. Reading & Sharing: Appreciation of Contemporary Arts and Exhibitions
In the evening of November 11th, at the University Library Second Floor Exhibition Hall, Fabio analyzed a contemporary arts exhibition he curated and organized - The End of the World. Works of famous artists such as Jimmie Durham and Guoqiang Cai were also shown to express Fabio’s idea on space and timeline in a more vivid manner.
4. A Dialogue Between Arts and Technologies
Fabio and Professor Kurt SUN from SSE held a dialogue on “Arts and Technologies” in the evening of November 18th at the Artist-in-Residence Studio. Professor Kurt SUN shared with us many pictures and videos on art innovations that were done through modern technology, including calligraphy works and paintings made through new technology. He also presented us many examples of works created by AI.
Fabio also expressed his thoughts on arts and technologies, and he discussed more about the relationship between human, technologies and arts in the future world. It pushed us to consider how to identify arts and whether arts will exist in future society. What’s more, Fabio showed us some works about the future cities, selected from the works which are exhibited in Shenzhen's 2019 Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
Arts communicated with our technological surroundings, presented us with a more perfect world, and influenced our view of the world. In these peaceful nights, brisk breeze and gaze of passers-by combined with Fabio’s meaningful words, leading us to the palace of arts.
In 2016, the University initiated the Artist-in-Residence Programme to create an artistic atmosphere on campus and to elevate student's aesthetic taste. We regularly invite top artists from various fields to reside on campus, create artworks and hold workshops with students. The programme may last 5-10 days or 1-2 months. Artists will work with or guide students to create or appreciate artworks through workshop or lectures. Artists will also take into account resources available off campus to contribute towards our development.