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Le Songe Creux

Heterotopais

Frank Vigneron / Supported by H.K. Arts Development Council


English , 2009/01 Department of Fine Arts, CUHK

Tags: Art

235 x 235 mm , 280pp ISBN : 978-988-97013-2-1

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In 1967, Michael Foucault developed the concept of heterotopias into a comprehensive classification of principles aimed at understanding how different cultures settle boundaries for different kinds of ritual and cultural usages. First principle : every culture has produced heterotopias. The nature of these heterotopiascan very greatly; they can be prisons as well as temples. In fact, any space endowed with meaning becomes heterotopias. Second principle : any society can make any heterotopias work in different ways. The same space in the same culture can be endowed with completely different meanings; what meanings it will take depends on the nature of knowledge during that particular period. About the Book In 1967, Michael Foucault developed the concept of heterotopias into a comprehensive classification of principles aimed at understanding how different cultures settle boundaries for different kinds of ritual and cultural usages. First principle : every culture has produced heterotopias. The nature of these heterotopiascan very greatly; they can be prisons as well as temples. In fact, any space endowed with meaning becomes heterotopias. Second principle : any society can make any heterotopias work in different ways. The same space in the same culture can be endowed with completely different meanings; what meanings it will take depends on the nature of knowledge during that particular period. Third principle : Heterotopias can juxtapose in a single place different types of spaces that are incompatible. Fourth principle : heterotopias are also places where time does not have the same signification, as in the library or the study. Fifth principle : heterotopias always have systems for being closed and separated form the outside world, but it is essential that they remain open and therefore accessible at the same time. Sixth principle : heterotopias have to put themselves apart form the rest of the world by either being a space of dream or by being a space of perfect efficiency. Author will title these two projects ‘a room with a view’and ‘the library’and will explain how he came to create them with his drawings at their core.

Professor Vigneron received a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History form the Paris VII University, a Ph.D. in comparative Literature form the Paris IV Sorbonne University and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He received the University Research Prize from the Royal Melbourne of Technology and the Young Researcher Award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focus is on the history of Chinese Painting from the 18th century onwards and on different aspects of contemporary Chinese Art seen in a global context. He teaches courses on the History of Western Art, the theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in art, and on Chinese and Western comparative aesthetics. Professor Vigneron is also a practicing artist; he has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions.

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