Part I – Situation and understanding of Contemporary Chinese Art Education
Time: 10：50－13：30, 21 May, 2006
Venue: Yan’an Kangda Hotel
Lu Jie: Let me introduce myself, I am Lu Jie, the intiator and curator of the Long March, and the moderator and organizer of this forum. First I would like to welcome to all of our representatives from around China and beyond for coming to participate in the Yan’an Forum on Art Education. I would also like to thank the artists who have come to participate at this site of the Long March. “Site Visit” is one of three programs planned here.
Cai Guoqiang: The art education forum here today is still linked with the historical Lu Xun Art Academy and the history of socialist education and artist such as MAKASHIMOV, so I have brought one along here. If we look for an opportunity to do something meaningful for art and the art world today then this conference is ideal. It is an opportunity to look at the big picture look back for a moment to do some foundational work, as well as carry on into the future.
Zheng Shengtian: Chinese art education is something intellectuals have always been considering. How should education be enacted, so that we can continue? Within context of higher art education the questions we discuss are actually two. First, what are its goals, what is it trying to cultivate? This includes questions of the methods of intellectual transmission as well as the substance of what is being transmitted.
Pi Daojian: As Zheng Shengtian just mentioned, historically, realism has dominated the art of the academies. When we speak of contemporary art education, we must also look at the mechanisms the achievements of contemporary art should be studied in the universities, enabling it be fully benefit society.
Qiu Zhijie: What needs to be addressed is perhaps a systemic problem. Cai has strongly summarized as system, but most critical is if our accompanying system is up to par.
Zhang Peili: What I see are several art academies with so called, “New Media” departments, that use apple computers to draw human figures. Then what is the point of this thing called “New Media?” This is an issue we must confront if we are to talk about this new school.
Yang Dongping: This forum is an important opportunity to come to Yan’an. Lu Jie and his team practice their ideas through action.
Sui Jianguo: Yesterday eveing, while reading excerpts from Mao’s lecture Yan’an Forum on Art and Literature I felt that Mao’s revolution and the current state of contemporary art have many similarities.
Liu Xiaodong: It appears that none of those who have the power to enact change from within the system are present here today. This has a grassroots, self-iniated feel to it, which I like. Like Sui Jianguo said, it is similar to Mao’s revolution. If there are more forums like this, perhaps it can change the system.
Lv Jun: Our center is called “China International Cultural Exchange Center”. It manages international cultural exchange. Our responsibility is to promote traditional Chinese culture abroad, at the same time, bring quality in from the international, but the primary emphasis is promoting Chinese culture abroad. My visceral feeling is that modern art is ever more important in our work.
For someone from Taiwan, Yan’an is a scary place. Our school textbooks told us that Yan’an was like a den for bandits. Finally, I decided that I would come, and join the Long March. This Long March Project feels like a reform committee everyone works together to think of some breakthroughs, possibly breaking with the system, or building a new one.
Wang Huaxiang: Personally, I am disgusted with the art education system of the past.
Wang Jinsong: Don’t underestimate second and third hand effects. They will resolve the contradictions bewteen inside and outside the system.
Lv Shengzhong: One should say establishing an experimental school is like “free art” in the Western system. It is both necessary and inevitable.
Hu Heli: One cannot simply focus on art. Focus should be placed on its application Based on societal needs, certain artistic skills are required. Perhaps many things will rely on this.
Yan’an Forum on Art Education in Kangda Hotel
Cai Guoqiang at Yan’an Forum
Ni Tsai-chin and Pi Daojian at the Forum
Yang Dongping giving a speech at the Forum
Hu Heli giving his speech