"Beautiful" & "Ugly": Let's Talk about Chinese Calligraphy and Try It Out

Mengwen ZHU
May 9, 2021 14:00 ~ 16:00
The Learning Studio (The Second Floor of Starbucks Coffee)

Chinese calligraphy was born into a long and continuous writing history of the language. From the early carvings and inscriptions to the long-lasting form controlled by the use of brush and ink, the traditional calligraphy evolved from a necessity in daily communication to an artistic creation among men of letters. In the modern times, alongside the evolution in writing, or even none writing-related communication tools, calligraphy, as we know it, is increasingly placed on a hard-to-reach pedestal of "high art," driving most away. In this entire process, the one "constant" is the judgement on a calligraphy work being "beautiful" or "ugly", of which, however, the criteria and boundary today are extremely blurry.

This salon is carried out in twofold, combining discussion with practice. Our discussion focuses on the following questions: What is calligraphy about? What kind of art is it? How do we view "beauty" and "ugliness" in calligraphy, and is it possible to make such a judgement today? How do we find space for calligraphy in our current reality? Meanwhile, throughout this salon we encourage our participants to take advantage of the supplies prepared by us, try out calligraphy by themselves and get a firsthand experience on site.

 

Organized by:

Mengwen
 ZHU

Mengwen
 ZHU

I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Chinese Literature from the University of Hong Kong and Fudan University, respectively.