Chinatown is a great place to visit and explore the culture. When you walk around the area, you could see the way Chinese people display their shops/ restaurants is very different from other places in London. From hanging lanterns and posters on the windows,the atmosphere is a lot different from how westerners are interact and living their lives. In one afternoon, I have chosen to visit this place because every time I come here there’s always new things to discover.
I have recorded my time by doing some watercolour sketches and some drawings. It was a little bit challenging when you do your drawings out door in the cold and where ever you turn it’s very distracting because theres’s so many restaurants and coffee shop teasing you. When you are visiting Chinatown you automatically assumed that there is only Chinese cuisine/ product available but that’s totally not true. I have came across Thai and Korean restaurants, the people there are very nice, greeting you with their warm smiles and making you feel very welcoming.
On Thursday afternoon we went to Tate Modern to have a look at some exhibitions in relation to the case study that I am currently working on. This exhibition takes its title from John Akomfrah’s 2012 video installation “The Unfinished Conversation”, which is a 2013 multi layered three screen installation.
“When you see the crowds in Tate Modern, you realise that those developments in modernism that were such barriers to public comprehension have now been accepted”, he says. “People from all walks of life suddenly just get it.”
The Unfinished Conversations considers a set of intertwining themes; social protests, the effect of history on the formation of identity and how art juxtaposes fact and fiction, realism with utopian. In the vide, there were acts and structures of state of violence, as well as the resistance and activism they provoked. They reexamine charged historical monuments, evoking images and videos clips of the past and claiming their place with it. The video also take on contemporary debates, interviewing into contemporary struggles over the significance of government surveillance and the exploitation of labor. The anxiety that informs so much of our world today is their subject matter, which they approached through a variety of artistic strategies.
In this exhibition artist, Suzanne Lacy have showcase her work ‘The Chrystal Quilt’ at Tate Modern. The American artist has spent much of her life as a feminist performance artist. This quilt piece has taken three years and is a public art work called ‘The Whisper Minnesota Project’, which aimed to empower older women. In this exhibition there is a screen showcasing video film of old women working together on this project. It was filmed on Mother’s Day in 1987 and there were 430 women over the age of 60 with different races and backgrounds who gathered to share their experiences of growing older. In the video, there was a scene where you can see these women moving around and then sat at the tables on a large piece of constructed to look like the Crystal Quilt, and at regular intervals the women changed the positions of their hands to alter the quilt’s patterns.
In the documentary of the project, you could hear women speaking about the project. One elderly lady said “A lot of senility comes from the fact that nobody asks you anything. It is a great cultural loss.”
In one interview article, Lacy said that she has a “desire to make shape, it’s a pure physical pleasure” she explained ” The shape can be conceptual, performative, relational, or visual… As a child, I was always making things, fooling around with napkins, or food on my plate after dinner. With some of us there’s just this urge to create shapes, and that’s very individualistic. It can be trained, but I’m not sure if the drive to do it is trainable.”
The Crystal Quilt is physical object and it is creating shape out of time. The visual shapes represents the women and the piece itself is conceptualised. The Crystal Quilt gave the audience a broader sense of spectrum of attitudes about ageing, and a depth of understanding the politics of ageing.
Back during Christmas break, my friend and I have decided to go and visit the Tate Modern Art Gallery. It’s been months the last time I was there and during my visit this time round I was with my friend Fe. I was really impressed with the exhibitions that they’ve had going on as well as the art work that are on the display. Initially we both wanted to look at sculptures because it was something that Fe is interested in, whereas for me I’m much prefer to look at paintings and drawings. We went to the art gallery during weekday so it wasn’t too busy so it was nice to be able to view the art works without having to try to fight for some space. After we both wondered around the first room that we were in Finally it was my turn! On the floor that were at, I was totally taken by surprise and in awe of how incredibly amazing the displays that were there on the enormous wall. I was so impressed with how detailed and unique these were created.
The second image above these two is one of the pantings that I’m totally in love with. The marble effect and the bright colours I find very eye-catching. It made me wish that if only I have a big house, I would be delighted to have one of these paintings in my home. Besides this painting that caught my eyes, I have also have some of the others that is just as good that have caught my attention. The image of me starring at the abstract textured painting is one of which that is on my list. I love the way the artist used different brush strokes and pallet knife to create this painting. With abstract paintings, I never really understand what the paintings are really all about. But, I do enjoy and admire the artists’ efforts and their creative thoughts that was put in to create somewhat a master piece. After our visit, Fe and I took off to a cafe in oxford circus and we both was winging and dining, it was amazing! Looking back now, I would definitely come back to visit Tate Modern again because they do carry great exhibitions and incredible art works which you will not be disappoint!