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Think, 2017.05.19 Fri, by

“Brains in a Vat” and the “Failology” of Art—Dedicated to Hilary Putnam

The renowned American philosopher Hilary Putnam passed away last year. Even though he was a pioneering figure in new American Pragmatism, second to none in both the multi-disciplinary scope and abundance of his work, he was still, at the time of his death, best remembered for coming up with the question known as “brains in a vat”… >> Read more
思考, 2016.12.21 Wed, by

Schisms among Artists and the Production of Discourse

Recently, I came across a conver­sation between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht (in the former’s book Understanding Brecht, first published in 1966)... >> Read more
思考, 2016.03.09 Wed, by

Datong Dazhang: The Way Out for Small-Town Art Youth

As a tall man hailing from Datong in Shanxi province, Zhang Shengquan had, in the customary Chinese manner, the nickname of “Da Zhang” (lit. “Big Zhang”), and thus ended up being known as “Datong Dazhang”. He started making art in the 1980s. >> Read more
Extra, 2014.09.03 Wed, by

Frieze Begs Questions in Beijing

On Saturday, CAFAM was host to an afternoon with Frieze magazine, raising questions about publishing on art in China.
 
 
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Extra, 2012.11.28 Wed, by

What is an Artist Book?

In today’s world of virtual communication and visual explosion, "what is a book" could be a purely metaphysical question. In a more profound sense, books could be an indication of the times, or else as Pierre Bourdieu said, they signify “symbolic power” since books and reading had been the sole privilege of a society’s elite for a long time in history. >> Read more