23 December 2020 | 17:15-18:00
Dr. Mingyuan Hu, Humboldt University, Berlin (mod: Prof. Dr. Oliver Moore)
‘Chinese calligraphy, or an art of philosophy’
In this talk, conceptual links are made, first, between Chinese calligraphy and contemporary art; second, between Chinese calligraphy and modern philosophy. Considered the highest form of art in East Asia for over a millennium, Chinese calligraphy – or ‘The Art of Writing’ as termed by Jean François Billeter – was a sister art to painting and poetry; one of the Three Perfections performed by the literati. The literati self-theorisation being self-serving and a linguistic act, nonetheless shaping our modern art historical understanding of their arts, Mingyuan Hu explores, through case studies of contemporary art, how this socially and culturally specific, now largely historical, élite practice that is Chinese calligraphy might be reread in its broader philosophical dimensions; and whether more recent philosophical investigations of time, matter, image, representation, and language itself, might not be reseen in light of this art of writing.
Mingyuan Hu is a research associate at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Formerly she was Lecturer in Art Histories of Asia at the University of Leeds. Her work concerns art and intellectual histories in China and Europe. She is the author of Fou Lei: An Insistence on Truth (Brill).