21st March 2013 7.00pm: STEPHANIE DOUET & ELIZA GLUCKMAN - Artist/Curator Talk


SINOPTICON - Contemporary Chinoiserie

Stephanie Douet and Eliza Gluckman will talk about their part in the Sinopticon project, from its beginnings among antique vases and sideboards, its symposium at the Vand A; its taking over Plymouth for an exphibition that included 14 artists including Erica Tan, Christian Jankowski and Grayson Perry; and its next efflorescnece in Danson House this April.

Sinopticon looks at ways that various artists use a contemporary take on the historical form Chinoiserie to examine aspects of European and Chinese culture. Through form and decorative narrative in chinoiserie we can discuss value and taste, fantasy, replication and stereotyping of images. So too, the darker elements of chinoiserie’s historical routes; identity politics, racism, trade and production values, authorship and the contested territory of exoticism. This project looks to unpick these themes through contemporary art, to shed light on how pervasive Chinese culture, industry and aesthetics are in our everyday lives.

Further information about Stephanie Douet
Eliza Gluckman (Patten) is a freelance contemporary art curator.  Graduating from a five year Fine Art MA from Edinburgh University (1999) she joined SPACE Studios (London) and became a Project Officer and later Head of Marketing and Events helping to launch new studios and digital facilities as well as coordinate artist-led projects in Hackney Wick. She left SPACE to take the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (2001-2003) where she developed a specialised knowledge of South East Asian contemporary art, later receiving a research grant from the Arts Council to travel to China. She has worked at the RSA, Parasol Unit and Asia House and has written in various publications including Art Review, Yishu Journal (for Chinese Contemporary Art) and the Guardian online. She writes for Art Asia Pacific magazine.
Eliza is the founding curator of the Sinopticon project – exploring chinoiserie and contemporary art.

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Image: Installation images from the Sinopticon, Plymouth Museum, April 2012: Meekyoung Shin, Laura White, Ed Pien Christian Jankowski. Photographer Ed Pien