The Magician of the Earth: Chongqing's First Rural Aesthetic Education - Art Research Action in 2019

Artist: Zeng Lingxiang (general planner, chief creator and promoter)
Location: Chongqing, China
Year: 2019

The Magician of the Earth—Chongqing’s First Rural Aesthetic Education and Art Research Action" was carried out with Dongsheng Village, Liuyin Town, Beibei District, Chongqing, China as an art scene from the perspective of China’s local social issues in the development of urbanization in China. A social aesthetic education and art action. This event is sponsored by the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and led by Associate Professor Zeng Lingxiang, leading the rural revitalization and folk art revitalization studios and graduate students to use art and research methods to activate the "forgotten" rural scene, combined with the rural space , Rural culture, rural ecology, and rural memories to carry out the four "magic classes" in parallel, "catching the wind", "flowing with water", "flowers and trees", and "eyes of the earth", leading the students from the city to have a unique experience Social Aesthetic Education and Art Research Action. This action is to think about China’s rural construction and future development under the concept of urban and rural integration, and explore how art can participate in the main site of rural construction as a cultural productivity to demonstrate the value of rural civilization and cultural self-confidence, and unite Community emotions enhance the imagination, creativity, and tolerance of urban and rural people to promote more effective communication between people, people and society, and people and nature, so as to obtain a higher sense of happiness and other social topics.

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"The Magician of the Earth-Chongqing's First Rural Aesthetic Education·Art Research Activity" is an aesthetic education activity conducted in Dongsheng Village, Liuyin Town, Beibei District, Chongqing, China. Beibei District of Chongqing City used to be the center of a century-old township construction in China during the Republic of China. It continues the dreams of a large number of Chinese intellectuals, such as Liang Shuming and Lu Zuofu, as well as their important efforts to set up rural education and manage rural construction. The rich and well-preserved rural ecological texture is an important highland for exploring China's nationality and national character. The site was chosen as a typical place in response to the emergence of the topic of China’s poverty alleviation and rural revitalization. This action is a new reflection on the overall relationship between urban and rural areas.

Thinking about China's rural construction on the basis of the integration of urban and rural areas, and thinking about how art, as a kind of cultural productivity, participates in rural development. Led by Associate Professor Zeng Lingxiang, he leads the rural revitalization and folk art revitalization studio and the public art graduate community in local art practice and on-site aesthetic education. The team conducted preliminary analysis through field surveys, field observations, questionnaires, creative experiments, etc. in Dongsheng Village, and finally decided to find the commonality between "art" and magic, "artist" by means of curriculum development, artistic action and social aesthetic education. The commonality with the "magic", using art as the "magic wand" and the theme of "magic of the earth" allows urban and rural children to explore and discover the magical and magical nature, humanities, etiquette and customs of the rural ecological world in an interesting way.

The whole operation is divided into four directions of magic classes: "Earth Eye" magic class, "Wind-catching shadow" magic class, "water comes by way" magic class, and "Hua Mu Qi Tan" magic class. The four classes are carried out in parallel and presented as a whole. Among them, the "Earth Eye" magic class comprehensively focuses on the overall appearance of the villages in Dongsheng Village, Liuyin Town, and explores the soul value and civilization genes of the village from the aspects of clan architecture, culture and nature, allowing students to have a comprehensive and comprehensive understanding of the countryside and in-depth understanding of the countryside . The form of development allows students to intervene in the countryside as artist assistants. The "Water Comes Out" Magic Class is also a sub-section of the "First Water Canal Art Festival in Chongqing, China" held at the same time. The Water Canal Art Festival is a public art event planning case jointly completed by two artists and nearly a hundred villagers. The artist created a special "Water Canal Art Festival" in Liuyin Town, Beibei District, Chongqing City, with social intervention, relationship aesthetics, and dialogue aesthetics as the planning concepts after preliminary visits to more than 20 canal people in 3 villages and collection of historical materials. The development structure is based on the three parts of "listening to the canal", "entering the canal" and "wang canal", with canal story sharing sessions, canal new singing and dancing, canal research and canal banquet as important contents, allowing local residents and foreign visitors to visit the ancient canal Gathering and meeting, saying goodbye to the difficult years of the past, and re-encountering and dialogue with the living people in the canal, so as to activate the local humanistic architectural space, awaken the memories of the times, reshape the local rural cultural self-confidence and improve people's happiness. "Huamu Qitan" magic class is based on the unique natural resource of golden fragrant willow.

Let everyone explore the secrets of nature through flower and tree collection, land art and other methods. The overall art practice and social aesthetic education actions take on-site artistic creation as the path and main means, with nature and the countryside as the background, explore the beauty of art and culture, discover the value of the countryside, and let the children in urban and rural areas reconstruct the right to the earth, nature, and right. Imagination and creativity of the beauty of the countryside, constructing the emotional connection of the community, and thinking about the possibility of social aesthetic education and art research as a cultural industry to revitalize the countryside.

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