On the evening of December 3, 2020, at 6:30 PM, the fifth session of "Out-of-Academic · Art Forum", jointly organized by the School of Fine Arts of Nanjing Normal University and the Art Center of Picture Magazine, was held at Xuezheng Building of Xianlin Campus. The lecture was given by Lin Shuchuan (curator, documentary producer).
Lin Shuchuan, born in 1986 in Hunan province, is an exhibition curator and documentary producer. Now he works as the director of the Academic Department in the Art Museum of Nanjing University of Arts. In 2012, he began to focus on the life and creation status of young Asian artists through exhibitions, documents and documentaries. He has planned or executed "polyphory" --a survey of The Ecology of Chinese art in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Beijing, Pearl River Delta, Yunguichuan and Southeast Asia. In 2017, he launched the "Curatorial Research Plan" to study the ontology of curatorial issues. And in 2018, he launched the "24-hour Art Museum" public art project. He has also planned many individual projects and art group exhibitions of artists in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Changsha, London, Paris and other places.
Before the lecture began, Mr. Lin took the 2019 polypho Southeast Asian Art project as an example, and talked about his original intention of curating the exhibition: he hoped to photograph artists through investigation and excavation, so as to help more artists from the so-called "bottom of the pyramid" to go out. When it has come to what is the curator, Lin compared the roles of movies and TV series. The "curator" of an art exhibition is the film and television equivalent of directing, writing and producing, and sometimes even selling tickets. "Actors and actresses are just like artists," he said, "A show with a large number of famous actors and actresses is not necessarily a good show. Therefore, it is not certain that all good artists can be put together to create a good exhibition." In today's increasingly globalized domestic art style, he went to various countries in Southeast Asia, hoping to find "China 30 years ago" from the artistic life and status in southeast Asia.
The main content of this lecture is divided into four parts. First, Mr. Lin asked the question "why walk?" He explained that walking was not from one destination to another, but from one destination to an unknown place. Then he went on to talk about how curators should talk face to face with themselves, with artists and even with works as they walk. Walking is not aimless, but in the limited time, in the march to find what you want. Thirdly, an exhibition should reflect the state of curation, the state of the work and the state of the artist. In the fourth part, From the perspective of an observer, Mr. Lin showed the previous 6 column reports to the students by taking "Polyphonic Southeast Asian art" as an example. In the end, Mr. Lin explained how he chose artists from the perspectives of their roots, whether they could be replaced and the "weight" of their works. In this process, he mentioned that the curator's responsibility is to find the art with real temperature.
At the end of the lecture, Mr. Meng Yao summed up the lecture in combination with what Mr. Lin shuchuan said, telling the students to walk in a certain direction, rather than "walk without saying". At the same time, it is suggested that we should learn to treat everything in our life with a critical attitude. The students had a deeper understanding of the countermeasure exhibition activities, and the forum was also successfully concluded in a relaxed and happy atmosphere where the students actively asked questions.