Confucius Institute of Artois University Holds International Seminar on Cultural transfers: Artistic Poetics

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Artois, France [Time]    2019-03-26 12:45:30 

"Cultural transfers: Artistic Poetics", an international seminar was successfully held in Arras Campus of Artois University and the "Swimming pool" art and industrial museum in Roubaix (La Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie) on March 8th-9th, 2019.

The international seminar is an important project of the Fifth Chinese Art Festival jointly organized by Artois University and its Text and Culture Research Center, the Institute for Transcultural Studies of Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University, Roubaix La Piscine-Museum of Art and industry, the gallery BAR in Roubaix and the Confucius Institute of Artois.


The 12 scholars, among them Zhao Shengliang, dean of Dunhuang Research Institute, professor Marie Laureillard from University of Lyon II, professor Tamburello Giuseppa Ricercatore from University of Palerme, the famous French sinologist Leon Vandermeersch, researcher Véronique Alexandre from CREOPS of Paris Sorbonne University, honorary chief curator Christophe Comentale from the National Museum of Natural History, professor Grégory Lee from University of Lyon III, professor Peng Changming from Lille III University, professor Ye Xin from Sorbonne VIII University, professor Jin Siyan from Artois University, YouLiyu, famous Qin Zither artist and Chang Chinwei, an doctoral student from Sorbonne IV University presented thoughtful speeches on the seminar. Over one hundred audiences, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from related field and local residents attended this symposium.

At 9 o'clock on the morning of March 8, with the musical accompaniment of Guqin which was played by artist You Li Yu, Ye Xin recited the 16th chapter of the long poem Walking on the Branch Road written by Beidao.

Performance at the opening ceremony

On the first day of the seminar, Véronique Alexandre and Jin Siyan hosted the meeting. Zhao Shengliang explained the artistic treasures produced by the collision between Chinese and Western cultures by presenting his analysis titled Dunhuang Art and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road. He emphatically introduces the influence of Western Asia and Sassanid Empire on Chinese art from the aspects of pearl continues pattern, the caisson pattern, honeysuckle pattern, grass pattern and angel carving on Dunhuang Grottoes Murals. Marie Laureillard selected Lo Ch'ing who is the modern painter and poet from Taiwan as the research object and analyzed the connection between his paintings and poetry. Professor Tamburello Giuseppa Ricercatore pointed out that poetry language and painting is an art paradigm of contemporary China. She exemplified some poems and paintings of Chinese contemporary artists, for example Beidao, Mangke, Pan Wuyi and An Qi. Mr.Léon Vandermeersch considered that the Chinese dialectical language is completely different from the discourse language which recorded speech. He emphasized that “the language of art acts as anti-language” and this kind of painting is clearly a realization of abstract discounts of Chinese cosmology, which in the particular case of painting is exemplary of a generalizable principle. Véronique Alexandre presented her analysis titled Free poetry on an air of music in the 12th-13th centuries: a cultural parallelism between France and China. From the perspectives of free poetry of the troubadours and found in France in the Middle Ages, the prosperous period of Ci in Song Dynasty and an unfinished cultural transfer in the twentieth century, she hoped to apply this analysis method to the relationship between poetry and music and thus achieve a relevant cultural transfer. Taking the modern Taiwanese poet Qin Zihao as an example, Chang Chinwei talked about the modernity and artistry embodied in his poetry.


On March 9th, the next day of symposium was held at "La Piscine"-Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix. "La Piscine" municipal museum was originally a swimming pool in Roubaix, remodeled in 1990 by the Museum of Orsay architect Jean-Paul Philippon, into the Museum of Art and Industry. This move successfully revitalized the textile industrial zone through cultural activities. Roubaix has now become one of the arts and cultural center of contemporary art and an active region in northern France. Therefore, our international symposium selected this museum located in Roubaix has an historical and cultural significance.


Christophe Comentale discussed about the relationship between poetry and existence by introducing the images in Hou Junming's paintings. Titled in the place of history-the pillars of the poetic imaginary , professor Grégory Lee talked about his first visit to China in the late 70s and his deep friendship with the poet Beidao. Professor Peng Changming delivered a speech on her father Peng Wan Ts’s painting and poetry. In her opinion, his work contains a profound meaning that is “paint the ineffable, say the unfathomable”. Ye Xin analyzed the painted poems of Christian Dotremon who was a Belgian painter and poet and also an important member of the Revolutionary Surrealist Group. He later became well known for his painted poems which he called logograms. His unique style of painting refreshed the audience.

Finally, the experts, scholars and the audience formed a roundtable on cultural transfers and artistic poetics from different angles and point of views.

The experts and scholars and the audience visited in ink painting exhibition of Beidao on the theme of "This moment" at the gallery BAR in Roubaix. His abstract ink painting attracted French artists, poets and the local people. Le Bar also exhibited the painting album of Beidao which also named This moment, presenting directly the interpretation of all his 24 works in three language version( Chinese, French and English).

Group Photo

As he ended up in his painting album: "My poetic elements, especially metaphors, are very close to ink dots, but the media are different and often difficult to identify with each other. In a sense, ink dots existed far before the characters, but it is not named until now. And poetry has another river, and all the elements of poetry point together to mystery." This seminar was successfully ended in the philosophical realm of abstraction and freehand.

Edition:CHEN Jinqiu; Photo:LIN Jiaju