Kuncan, Neijing Tu and analogism
Taoism, as both the theoretical foundation upon which techniques such as Chinese medicine, astronomy, Feng shui and alchemy were developed throughout Chinese history, and as an ancient fundamental concept of and approach to the mind-body issue, provides us with an alternative angle for understanding imagery in the history of art. The research and application of artificial intelligence in imitating human thinking also provides us with a perspective to renew our worldview and understanding of what is human. The analogism of the Yin-yang and Five Elements theory of the uniquely Chinese Taoist theory of the universe and philosophy, proposes an all-inclusive theoretical system of universal connectivity that has been preserved as a characteristically Chinese way of thinking in poetry, idioms and paintings. This method of categorization, which is anti-logic and anti-museology, is more similar to the automatic associations that occur in the state of unconscious thinking and is exactly what Douglas Richard Hofstadter referred to as the mode of operation for artificial intelligence when performing in-depth learning of human perception. The speech will touch upon explorations and research in such areas as Kun Can, Chinese landscape painting, Chart of the Inner Landscape (‘Neijing Tu’), brain science, Fractal Theory, mathematics and neural network. It discussed from a cross-disciplinary point of view how to renew our understandings of traditions and how to draw from traditions new ways of thinking for the present.
FU Xiaodong is a Beijing-based independent curator, critic and Founder of Space Station. She served as Executive Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Fine Arts Literature and is Artistic Director of China Young Artists Project, Artistic Director of T. Art Center as well as editor of Meiyuan, the journal of LuXun Academy of Fine Arts. She was Visitor Curator at 24HR ART (Australia) and the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Her curatorial projects include the 8th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennale, the 3rd Hubei Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, 2010 Get It Louder, ‘Doubleflyart Absurdity Award’ at Today Art Museum, ‘Through the Body’ at the University of Toronto Art Centre, the 13th and 15th OPEN Performance Art Festival. Since 2012, she has been leading the project ‘The 8th Day – Artists in Scientists’ Laboratories’ in collaboration with Guokr.com.