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Re-framing Tradition in Cai Guo-Qiang’s Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 metres: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10 (1993)

Walker, Katherine (2019) Re-framing Tradition in Cai Guo-Qiang’s Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 metres: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10 (1993). [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Walker, Katherine
Abstract:

Through an analysis of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10 series (1990, 1993, 2000), this Major Research Project (MRP) offers a revisionary definition of tradition that includes the practice of re-inventing, re-framing, and re-enacting traditionally transmitted beliefs, practices, and objects to fit within the needs and desires of a given society. I look specifically at how Cai re-interprets and re-invents the innate physical and aesthetic properties of gunpowder as a dynamic resource to re-construct and re-enact traditional practices, such as Chinese landscape painting and the literati’s self-cultivation practices, in a contemporary art context. I consider Cai’s use of gunpowder as a mode of engaging with tradition to overcome the lingering effects of colonization, which have suppressed, displaced, and misrepresented tradition as an obsession or fixation to preserve the past.

Date: 30 April 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cai Guo-Qiang; Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10; gunpowder; tradition; destruction; re-enactment; self-disciplined spontaneity; multi-modernity; China; contemporary art
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 17:04
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 17:04
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2464

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