Young people seem to regard themselves as tasteful. Those who listen to classical music are considered pretentious by some, and similarly, a fan of Chinese hip-hop might be described as irredeemably vulgar. Chic can be kitschy, while disgusting can be cool. Therefore, the issue of taste seems not suitable for argument as it will lead to furious controversy. However, there seems to be unification for taste at the same time, since popular aesthetics appears be confirmed once people start to read similar bestsellers or take selfies in art museums showing homogenous flashy works. As a result, people choose either to avoid taste-related argument, or follow the taste of the age unthinkingly. As “suppliers” of artistic taste, how will novelists, artists and curators present their tastes, receive influence of external taste, and respond to the aesthetics of this age?
Several young people, including novelists born in the 90s and artists with varied stylistic expressions, are invited to share their formation of taste during practice, aesthetics of personal artistic language and reconciliation with the taste of the age, moderated by a young curator. Argument and dispute will arise during the discussion, and it therefore might be possible for us to seek if there is any basis behind aesthetics by penetrating the surface of it, the dimension usually emerged from artistic form.
Zheng Zaihuan is a young writer born in 1990 in Zhumadian, Henan. He lives and works in Beijing. His writings have been published by People’s Literature, Master, Lotus, Young Writers, Fiction World and other magazines. He published a collection of short novels titled Heartbreaking Stories from Zhumadian.
Ye Su, original name Zhang Fan, was born in 1983, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, and graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts with an MA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. He lives and works in Beijing. His works cover painting, installation, video and novel. He has been working on a dream record novel Oil Bottle, and some of the story scenes of the novel become very important inspiration for his art creation.
Ping Ping Fan, born in 1987, graduated from The Fourth Studio of the Department of Oil Painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Beijing and Jingdezhen. He often uses paper, printing materials, fabrics, daily life goods, and ceramics etc., and creates installations, collages and potteries. His works are based on the daily life. With rebuilding and reshaping different materials, the artist explores to reveal the connection between life and art.
Yang Tiange, born in 1993 in Henan, graduated from the Fudan University and the University of Melbourne. He works as Associate Curator and Director of Art Residency Program at the Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing. As curatorial assistant, he participated in the preparation, research and making of the exhibitions at the Inside-Out Art Museum since 2017, including: Salon, Salon: Fine Art Practices From 1972 To 1982 In Profile - A Beijing Perspective, Self-Criticism, Discordant Harmony: Observations Of Artistic Practices In East Asia At The Transition Between The 1980s And The 1990s, Crescent: Retrospectives of Zhao Wenliang and Yang Yushu, and Dancing Notes: New Works by Pang Tao.