Arts in the Cloud|Review

Arts in the Cloud




The 13th lecture of "Arts in the Cloud"

Li Xingyu: Collecting the Stories of Sound Around the World




In this lecture, Li Xingyu shared with us different sound clips and the impressive sound stories that happened in the Sound Searching Project.


The Sound Searching Project started with a portable recorder.


△ ZOOM H4n the first recorder




△ travel around the world


Li Xingyu and his team entered the Amazon Rainforest in 2016 to record the sound of nature. They tried to minimize the disturbance to animals and hid the radio equipment in various places. After overcoming numerous difficulties, they finally finished the recording of the sound.


To help the australopithecus communicate



The Gibbons in Tianxing, Yunnan Province had been forced to live apart and hide in the mountains because of constructions, road building and other human activities. After communicating with scientists, Li Xingyu and his team strengthened the communication between the separated groups of Gibbons with sound equipment. He hopes that this project can arouse people's thinking about the natural environment.




The 14th lecture of "Arts in the Cloud"

Zhao Xiaoxuan: Understanding Contemporary Art



In this lecture, Zhao Xiaoxuan shared with us the great contemporary art creation in various aspects. She proposed that art is to see the inner truth and obtain the solace of mind as well as the power of spiritual transcendence. We should be full of the spirit of innovation and breakthrough to stimulate imagination and creativity.


In the 20th century, art was the carrier of psychological, philosophical and social ideas, and its types were gradually increased.



Marcel Duchamp

Nude Descending a Staircase



Chris Odenberg




Chris Odenberg

Rubber Duck




Fat Chair


All art must be contemporary 


Fernando Potro -- Mona Lisa

Contemporary art emphasizes ideology, brings visual impact with subversive performance. Viewers may think it quite "strange". Just like the repainting of Mona Lisa, art has changed with the times. With the continuous changes of human perspectives, the art reflecting human thoughts will inevitably progress. Artists are philosophers, thinking about how to deal with the times in their own ways.


 Technological beauty and art


Steve Jobs



James Dyson


The combination of technology and art, and the addition of scientific elements to the visual experience are the current trend of corporate product design. The great architects, scientists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs rely on brilliant creativity and imagination,which is the essence of art. In modern society, beauty is the key to productivity, competitiveness, and victory. 




The 15th lecture of "Arts in the Cloud"

Lin Zheng: Heroic Epic: Martial Arts and Heroic Imagination in the East and West




In this lecture, Lin Zheng interpreted the heroic images in the East and West for us combining literature, film and TV works. With the outbreak of the epidemic, she pointed out that everyone in reality could be great heroes. The figures of those heroes in harm's way deserve our highest respect.





Swordsmen emerge in troubled times. The heroic images in the martial arts novels represent people's expectation of justice and equality, while the martial art novels imply the thoughts and emotions of the creators for their families and the country, as well as their vision of China.


Jin Yong





Lin Zheng believed that Jin Yong's novels were formed in a mode of "growing martial art novels". Ganghood gradually stepped out of history and became a symbolic literary world, in which weapons and martial arts had cultural, aesthetic and ethical implications. Jin Yong's novels embodied the feature of transcendence and included his own historical vision and political concern.


The heroic epic and the spirit of The Times





The creation of western heroes represents the relationship between popular culture and political history. Many images reflect the anti-fascist spirit of fighting against the war. With the development of the times, more meanings have been added. The greatness of these images lies in the expression of human courage, the pursuit and yearning for justice.




The 16th lecture of "Arts in the Cloud"

Professor Chan Wing-wah: The Power of Music: What Music Brings to the Life of Composer Chan Wing-wah




In this lecture, Professor Chan Wing-wah shared his music learning experience with us, and told us about the significance of music to life combining his own understanding. He introduced his theory of music creation and enabled listeners to further feel the charm of music through many music videos.


Professor Chan Wing-wah thought inspiration came from his accumulation of experience. He enjoys reading books from many countries and learning the ancient history of China and is used to reading international and local news. He has traveled to more than forty countries and almost all of China. His inspiration comes from the accumulation of life experience.


Finally, Professor Chan Wing-wah shared some thoughts about life: Go find your passion. Work on it, spend your life on it and perfect it until your passion becomes your life. And music is my power of life!




The 17th lecture of "Arts in the Cloud"


Hu Hongxia: Why Do We Still Need Paper Books In the Internet Age?





Books are not only information carriers, but also artistic entities. Illustrations are masterpieces in the art of book. Hu Hongxia believed that in the face of huge challenges, "paper books" will not disappear.


Reading paper books will not be superseded by reading in the Internet age. There is no 


contradiction between new and traditional reading methods, but they cannot replace each other. In the Internet age, "paper books" are still needed.


In the future, the number of paper books will gradually decrease and become more exquisite. Readers should establish their own artistic taste and create their own space for thinking. Every great book occupies a unique space in this world.





Mr. Hu Hongxia also quoted Karl R. Popper as saying that our civilization is, indeed, a bookish one: its tradition and its originality, its seriousness and sense of intellectual responsibility, its unprecedented power of imagination and its creativity, its understanding of freedom and its watchfulness for it – all these rest on our love of books.



 With the ending of the 17th lecture, "Arts in the Cloud" has come to an end.  From March 8 to May 29, we learned about various kinds of arts and indugled in the wonderfulness that each guest showed to us. Thank you for your participation and look forward to more forms of arts blossoming in UAC.


The video recordings of the 17 lectures of "Arts in the Cloud" have been uploaded to Panopto. Please log in the campus account to watch the full video.


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