From 16-21 September 2017, the 10th “Creative Future – Decorative Material Creation Camp” outcome exhibition was open to the public in the 798 Art Zone. The 10th “Creative Future – Decorative Material Creation Camp” was co-organized by the Department of Environmental Art Design of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University and the School of Architecture of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. More than 40 students and faculties carried out artistic creations in four groups. The creation camp this year was entitled “Hide· Seek”, and was divided into 4 stages of material lectures, concept discussions, program release and on-site production over two weeks. The final outcome exhibition was held outside the campus for the first time and was open to the public during the “798 Art Festival”.
As a beneficial trial of practice teaching courses, the “Decorative Material Creation Camp” seeks to enhance the effectiveness of practice teaching for Environmental Art Design majors, improve teachings of relevant courses, and explore the practice teaching model of art design majors in comprehensive universities. Its purpose is to improve students’ understanding and knowledge of materials, and to build their interaction with and feelings toward materials; to enhance their mastery of the texture and plasticity of materials through creative themes; to study research methods of detailed design and construction; to regard materials in a sustainable way, and to actively explore brand new possibilities of material applications. The “Decorative Material Creation Camp” has been held and won great support from domestic and foreign material enterprises. After 10 years of practice, its teaching achievements and influences have been widely recognized and praised by relevant institutions and design peers.
The work builds a maze enclosed by blue veils and separates the maze into smaller circular or semi-circular spaces to weaken audience’s sense of direction. The veils distributed along a continuous curve makes the space less perceptible and allows audience to enjoy “hiding” and “seeking” while moving forward.
Just as expressed in the poem: “The mountain appears to be a range from the front and a crest from sideways. The mountain shows its different features in different levels near and far. You do not know the entire Lushan Mountain because you are in the mountain”, the installation refers to the dynamic relationship between “looking” and “being looked at” to demonstrate the relativity of “hiding” and “seeking”. It gives a unique interpretation of the relation of unity of opposites implied in the exhibition theme through the changes of distance between the viewer and the object to be viewed.
Design description: The work takes inspiration from how dream makers in the film Inception shapes space and creates specular illusion. The cross-shaped wooden structure is repeated, constructed, and visually extended with a mirror, so visitors see more mirror images in the distance through the slit in the wooden frame when they are inside this structure.