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[teacherartexchange] "Into the Future" - Digital Art Exhibit

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 06:54:15 PDT


Dear Art Educators,

I heard from Tom Chambers (teaching in China).

Here is his announcement for the opening of his students' exhibit.

INTO THE FUTURE opening/exhibition at Fine Arts Department Art
Gallery, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing, China: May 16 - 19, 2006:

http://zquart.tomrchambers.com/intothefuturegalexhib.html
http://zquart.tomrchambers.com/intothefuture.html (see work on line)

This project is a collaboration between students in China and Taiwan
under the instruction of Tom R. Chambers at Zhaoqing University
(Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, China) and John Labadie [Fulbright
Scholar] at National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan).

Analysis:

"According to the World Future Society, the future doesn't just
happen. People create it through their action ... or inaction ...
today. And by studying the future, people can better anticipate what
lies ahead. They can actively decide how to live in the future by
making choices today and realizing the consequences of their
decisions.

Opportunity as well as difficulty lies ahead, and it seems that the
above students from both institutions ... Zhaoqing University and
National Chengchi University ... have visually made their farsighted
decisions. No one knows exactly what will happen in the future, but
most of these digital considerations are an attempt to rationalize a
desirable future through achievement. Within most of the works,
there's a good sense of awareness of the rapidly changing world and
its effect on values, attitudes and beliefs. And this fast pace of
making it difficult to prepare for tomorrow is also inherent in many
of the pieces.

The digital art ranges from negativism/skepticism to optimism. There
seems to be more of a collective concern regarding the environment and
technology with an overall serious-mindedness within the works by the
Zhaoqing University art students whereas some of the works by the
National Chengchi University art students border on lightheartedness
and childlike approach. There is a degree of intellect that seems to
be more apparent within a few of the works by the National Chengchi
Univerity art students but generally, both groups of students seem to
be on equal standing in terms of technical skill and application."

Online counterpart can be seen at:

http://zquart.tomrchambers.com/intothefuture.html

Tom R. Chambers
Visiting Lecturer, Digital/New Media Art
Fine Arts Department
Zhaoqing University
Zhaoqing, China

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