Trans­for­ma­tion through art

Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Art City (SIAC) Fo­rum ex­plores city’s cul­ture

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE -

To demon­strate the iden­tity of “Shang­hai Cul­ture” and build Shang­hai into a global city of ex­cel­lence, a new Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Art City (SIAC) Fo­rum, themed “Urban Trans­for­ma­tion through Art,” was re­cently held at In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, Wis­dom Bay.

The fo­rum was hosted by TICCIH (The In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee for the Con­ser­va­tion of the In­dus­trial Her­itage), LIHC (League on In­dus­trial Her­itage in China), Shang­hai Acad­emy of Fine Arts (SAFA), China Baowu Steel Group Corp and or­ga­nized by SIAC De­vel­op­ment Re­search In­sti­tute and Shang­hai Baos­teel Group Corp (Baos­teel). Lead­ers of these en­ti­ties took part in the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fo­rum.

Ex­perts and schol­ars from SAFA, Acad­emy of Arts & De­sign of Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity, Tongji Uni­ver­sity, China Acad­emy of Art, Power Sta­tion of Art, as well as renowned ex­perts and schol­ars par­tic­i­pated in the fo­rum.

They con­ducted a two-day dis­cus­sion on such top­ics as “Re­ju­ve­na­tion of In­dus­trial Her­itage,” “Urban Aes­thet­ics: Ask City What Mat­ters,” “Art in the Age of Su­per-abun­dance” and “Art, Cap­i­tal and Au­di­ence At­trac­tion.”

The day be­fore the fo­rum’s open­ing cer­e­mony, at­tend­ing ex­perts vis­ited the site of Baos­teel in­dus­trial relics, where they were briefed about the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning of the site by SAFA. Led by an ob­jec­tive of build­ing Shang­hai into a global city of ex­cel­lence by 2035, SIAC re­lies on abun­dant re­sources left by the in­dus­trial relics of Baowu Steel Group, takes art ed­u­ca­tion as its core driv­ing force, or­gan­i­cally in­te­grates mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary in­dus­trial mem­ory with in­ter­na­tional metropoli­tan life, ad­vances the clus­ter­ing of artis­tic, cul­tural, cre­ative and de­sign in­dus­tries and drives the re­gional in­dus­trial trans­for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

In re­sponse to the new chal­lenge in the trans­for­ma­tion of urban func­tions, it pro­motes the over­all trans­for­ma­tion and the urban sub­cen­ter con­struc­tion of Wu­song In­dus­trial Zone and cre­ates a new par­a­digm of “in­sti­tu­tion-city in­te­gra­tion” for the urban re­gen­er­a­tion, art ed­u­ca­tion and cor­po­rate trans­for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

Vi­tal­ity of in­no­va­tion

The con­cept be­hind SIAC de­vel­op­ment is to “con­vert ed­u­ca­tional and arts re­sources to qual­ity of life and im­prove the cul­tural out­look of the city.”

At that mo­ment, SIAC will trans­form from a site of the old in­dus­trial relics to a new cul­tural land­mark of Shang­hai, bring in an eco-chain that in­dus­try-uni­ver­sity-re­search co­op­er­a­tion is or­gan­i­cally in­te­grated and cre­ates syn­er­gies.

Fur­ther­more, SIAC will serve as an ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low, in­spire the vi­tal­ity of in­no­va­tion and cre­ation of Shang­hai cul­tural in­dus­try with its pos­i­tive “but­ter­fly ef­fect” and brand new con­cepts of the cul­tural life, and en­hance the brand iden­tity of the “Shang­hai Cul­ture.”

The brand new SIAC will re­place the tra­di­tional idea of a “clus­ter” of artis­tic re­sources with new plan­ning con­cepts of artis­tic “na­tives” and a “neigh­bor­hood” of artis­tic and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, which will be­come the raw power to fuel the de­vel­op­ment of SIAC it­self.

At that mo­ment, a fu­ture art city will come into be­ing for a life­time ed­u­ca­tion and dis­play a com­pletely new life­style fac­ing the 22nd cen­tury. The urban in­dus­trial her­itage records the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the times and the his­tor­i­cal fea­tures of the eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

It is a his­tor­i­cal wealth cre­ated and be­queathed by in­dus­trial pi­o­neers and an im­por­tant part of the cul­tural her­itage. The “in­dus­trial relics” and “era of ex­cess” are among the hottest top­ics in the cur­rent in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment and con­tem­po­rary art.

The fo­rum will take new op­por­tu­ni­ties faced by in­dus­trial relics in the era of ex­cess as a start­ing point to dis­cuss the themes of art, in­dus­try, city, sus­tain­abil­ity, and trans­for­ma­tion in the hori­zon of “in­ter­na­tional art city,” give heed to new trends, new goals and new mod­els in the process of con­tem­po­rary ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, and dis­cuss the build­ing of a new “open, global and sus­tain­able” de­vel­op­ment model ac­cord­ing to the trans­for­ma­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion de­mand of in­dus­trial relics.

Photo: VCG The story was based on a press re­lease from Touch Shang­hai.

The ex­te­rior of Power Sta­tion of Art, which was ren­o­vated from the for­mer Nan­shi Power Plant

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