::fibreculture:: lecture: CITIES: FROM FLUX TO NOW
melinda at subtle.net
Fri Aug 6 15:01:17 CEST 2010
who is producing the Dreamworlds : Australian Moving Image exhibition
I am curating in Beijing next month
is in Melbourne from 18 sept for 3 weeks.
Michael is interested in doing lectures to art and/or architecture
students at rmit, vca or elsewhere.
If this fits into you course contact Michael directly. <michael.yuen at internode.on.net
CITIES: FROM FLUX TO NOW
Recently, Michael Yuen has been touring Europe with his lecture series
“Cities: from flux to now”. The lectures are concerned with
reconsidering the city and breaking with contemporary city thinking.
Michael lectures about new views on the city. He has a desire to go
beyond our known positions on it, to confront its clichés and
ultimately our inaction.
Against the backdrop of Asia’s mega cities Michael guides us through
the complexities of the contemporary city. Within today’s cities of
flux, we find rapidly changing social structures and built
environments with no clear direction. And, in them, Michael tells us
it is not enough to merely describe and document, but rather it is
important to find tools for acting. Michael has given talks in Europe
and China expressing his need for new hierarchies to emerge that focus
on the contemporary use of the city. Dismantling urban theory from the
last sixty years, he searches for new terms for the city in art,
architecture, philosophy and city planning.
The current tour has included the Willem de Kooning Academie
Rotterdam, Jan Matejko Academy Krakow, Warsaw Polytechnic, Bauhaus-
Universität and Liszt School of Music Weimar, Whiteconcept Berlin,
Love Vienna, C Space Beijing.
This is not the first time Michael has tackled the idea of cities –
his works are often interventions into the city. In Follow, Michael
paid fifty people to follow him for a day as he went about his usual
activities walking through the city.
Michael Yuen is an Australian artist working across a range of mediums
including sound, light and performance. Over the past few years
Michael has divided his time equally between Australia and China.
His works have been selected for exhibitions and projects with Zendai
Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), Australian Centre for the Moving
Image (Melbourne), Beijing Modern Dance Company, Hong Kong Shenzhen
Biennale of Architecture, Adelaide Festival of Arts, SSamzie Space
(Seoul), Beijing 798 Biennale, Freies Museum (Berlin), ArtBeijing and
MODEM Centre of Contemporary Art (Hungry). He has served as a peer for
InterArts and Music at the Australia Council and received Ruby
Litchfield and AsiaLink awards.
Michael is also the co-founder of the Donkey Institute of Contemporary
Art, an art space travelling Beijing's streets on the back of a donkey.
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