Coinciding with the 34th World Congress of Art History held in Beijing, as the leader in the art educational field in China and the influential institution in the field of international art education, CAFA did not only host academic activities such as the 34th World Congress of Art History but it also will build an internationally influential academic brand – “CAFA Autumn International Art Festival”.

On the morning of 18th September, the press conference of “CAFA Autumn International Art Festival” was held in the Auditorium, CAFA Art Museum, Minister of the Propaganda Department, CAFA Qin Jianping presided over the press conference, and the honored guests who attended the conference included President of CAFA Fan Di’an, Deputy General Manager of Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group, Head of “Beijing Design Week” Wang Yudong, Dean of the School of Design, CAFA Song Xiewei, Dean of the School of Urban Design, CAFA Wang Zhong, Director of the CAFA Art Museum Wang Huangsheng, Project Director of Beijing Media Art Biennale, Associate Professor Fei Jun from the School of Design, CAFA, Project Executor of the International Academic Printmaking Alliance, Deputy Director of the Department of Printmaking, CAFA Yang Hongwei, Project Director of “Beijing 2022 Image and Look Design Conference”, Deputy Dean of the School of Design, CAFA Lin Cunzhen, etc.

At the press conference, the President of CAFA Fan Di’an said that, “CAFA Autumn International Art Festival” held by CAFA was the embodiment of CAFA moving towards internationalization, promoting the building of disciplines and academic development with a global vision, “CAFA firmly moves towards the construction of a world-class university, standing firmly in the international frontier.”

CAFA will focus on the planning and holding of academic activities with an international influence in 2016, including: The International “Beijing Media Art Biennale”, initiated and established “International Academic Printmaking Alliance” and organize relevant invitational exhibitions and academic seminars, holding “Beijing 2022 Design Conference”, “Hiroji Kubota: The Story of Viewing” exhibition, as well as “Public Art and Urban Design International Summit Forum”, the third “CAFAM Biennale”, among “Beijing Media Art Biennale”, “Beijing 2022 Design Conference” and Beijing Design Week are jointly held. It aims, through a series of art exhibitions and activities, to lead Chinese art educational academic trends, and create an uproar for Chinese art education in the international academic field.

Event I: Ethics of Technology Beijing Media Art Biennale      

The first Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) is simultaneously held at the Beijing World Art Museum and CAFA Art Museum. As an international academic platform to promote the intersectional experience of art and technology, around the theme of “Ethics of Technology”, the Biennale focuses on the presentation of the interdisciplinary artistic experimentation of artists in the field of science, big data, artificial intelligence, biological genes and mixed reality, etc., and has invited artists, designers, scientists and theorists to have an in-depth discussion on the sensibility applied by science and technology in society and generate a new social knowledge.

“Ethics of Technology” Thematic Exhibition  

Opening Time: at 21:00 on September 25, 2016

Exhibition Time: September 25 – October 9, 2016

Venue: Beijing World Art Museum

“Experimental Space” Special Exhibition

Opening Time: at 19:00 on September 24, 2016

Exhibition Time: September 24 – October 30, 2016

Venue: CAFA Art Museum

“Ethics of Technology” Thematic Forum  

Forum Time: at 9: 30-18: 30, September 27 – September 28, 2016

Venue: CAFA Art Museum

“VR + ART” Thematic Salon

Forum Time: 20: 00-22: 00 September 27, 2016

Venue: Goethe-Institute

Event II: International Academic Printmaking Alliance  

The First International Academic Printmaking Alliance (abbr. IAPA), is an academic event in printmaking held once every two years and initiated by the Department of Printmaking, CAFA, after the careful preparation of the Department of Printmaking, CAFA, approved by the government administration, the First Invitational Exhibition of International Printmaking Alliance and Symposium, hosted by CAFA and The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum of China at Beijing Working People’s Cultural Palace, scheduled for opening at The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum on September 25, 2016.

The invitational exhibition will feature more than 140 foreign artists, more than 80 domestic artists, a total of more than 700 prints and artworks with a printmaking concept, the particularly recommended key artists include the internationally renowned artist Xu Bing, the famous Spanish artist Naranjo, American artist Joseph, Chinese artists Su Xinping, Fang Lijun, Wang Huaxiang, Feng Mengbo, etc.

The First Invitational Exhibition of International Printmaking Alliance

Opening Time: September 25, 2016

Exhibition Time: September 26 – October 10, 2016

Organizers: CAFA, Beijing Municipal Federation of Trade Unions

Undertakers: The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Department of Printmaking, CAFA

Venue: The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum

International Printmaking Symposium

Symposium Time: September 25 – September 26, 2016

Venue: The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Audio-Visual Lecture Hall, CAFA

Event III: Beijing 2022 Design Conference  

Supported by the Propaganda Department of Beijing Winter Olympics Committee, as a higher educational institution and important academic platform to promote the national and capital development of art, design and cultural innovation, CAFA will hold the “Beijing 2022 Image and Look Design Conference” in the Auditorium, CAFA on September 26, 2016, in order to make suggestions for the preparations of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, at the same time to help call for the logo designs of both the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics.

Forum Time: September 26, 2016

Organizers: CAFA, Organizing Committee of Beijing Design Week, Haosi International Group

Venue: Auditorium, CAFA Art Museum

Event IV: Public Art and Urban Design International Summit Forum

Hosted by CAFA, The First Public Art and Urban Design International Summit Forum will be held in the Auditorium, CAFA Art Museum on October 22, 2016, the forum takes “Art Leading Urban Innovation” as the theme, around the planning and construction of the sub-center of Beijing, to create a discussion on how art intervenes and leads the “urban innovation”. More than 15 domestic and international promising first-class experts and scholars are invited to attend the forum, which is jointly organized by the School of Urban Design, CAFA, China Public Art Research Center, and Institute of Urban Design and Innovation, striving to create an international exchange conference which combines art, design and urban planning.

Forum Time: October 22, 2016

Venue: Auditorium, CAFA Art Museum

Event V: The Third CAFAM Biennial Negotiating Space: I Never Thought You Were Like That

The CAFAM Biennial is organized by the CAFA Art Museum. With the support of university art museum, “Super-Organism: Research and Experiments from a Specific View” and “Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture” were held in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

The Third CAFAM Biennial “Negotiating Space: I Never Thought You Were Like That,” in an attempt to provide a completely new model for experimental exhibitions. There is no curator for this biennial, and the CAFAM team works as coordinators for the exhibition. The exhibited works are selected using an open call for artwork proposals, not a process of recommendation or nomination. Because “everyone is an artist,” any individual or group can, as an artist, submit a proposal for a project that has not been realized before, and all submitted proposals will be recorded in a directory. In the proposal collection process, we have invited people from all realms of society to participate as “negotiators.” Within an open context, the submitted proposals are publicly negotiated and discussed. Some of the works that have been discussed will be presented in the exhibition, and all proposals that entered the negotiation phase will be presented in the exhibition halls and the catalog. The negotiation, presentation, and implementation of these proposal texts collectively constitute the method of this biennial. In this process, the CAFAM Biennial team will accept enquiries and input from the public with an open attitude.

Project Duration: May, 2016 – December, 2016

Exhibition Time: November, 2016 – December, 2016

Venue: CAFA Art Museum

Head of the Committee: Fan Di’an

Advisors: Xu Bing, Su Xinping, Wang Huangsheng, Yu Ding, Qiu Zhijie, Tang Bin, Wang Chunchen

Executive Negotiators: Gao Gao, Liu Xiyan, Yi Yue

Event VI: “Hiroji Kubota: The Story of Viewing” Exhibition  

The Japanese photographer Hiroji Kubota joined Magnum Photos in 1970 and became a full member in 1989, he is the only Japanese photographer of Magnum. Kubota’s works that has experienced the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and the fall of Saigon in 1975, from the recording of huge changes of China, exclusively reporting the problems of North Korea, to photograph his beloved homeland of Japan, Kubota and his camera witnessed many significant changes in the world in the last fifty years. The exhibition of “The Story of Viewing” hopes to present unique photographic views of Kubota, while recalling his experiences and stories of 50-years of travel and photographing, as well as the photos that carry the view of the world based on an intriguing perspective of eastern aesthetics.

Opening Time: September 30 (Friday) 3:00 pm

Exhibition Director: Wang Huangsheng

Curator: Cai Meng

Exhibition Time: September 30 – October 30

Venue: Gallery B, on the 2nd floor, CAFA Art Museum

Edited by Lin Jiabin, Photo by Lin Jiabin/CAFA ART INFO

Partly translated by Chen Peihua and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFO

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