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Design, public art enable new life

Writer:  Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Jane Chen  |  From:   |  Updated: 2019-02-14

Smart products showcasing how creative design and intelligent manufacturing could enable a wonderful life in the future are being exhibited at the Third China Design Exhibition and Public Art Thematic Exhibition at the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning in Futian District.

With the theme "New Era, New Life," the large-scale exhibition — organized by China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Guangdong Provincial Government and Shenzhen Municipal Government — displays 82 design and public art case studies made over the past three years in China.

"The exhibition shows how design and public art can propel Chinese economic and social development, how design can help to develop creative industries and how design can improve people's lives and aesthetic ability," said Fan Di'an, deputy director of the exhibition's academic committee and president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, at the opening of the exhibition Jan. 11.

According to Hang Jian and Wang Dawei, who organized 12 curators for the exhibition, the exhibition focuses on problem-solving and is presented in eight sections: "Smart City," "Traditional Activation," "Science-Art Fusion," "Urban-Rural Construction," "Quality Space," "Friendly Community," "Intelligent Manufacturing in China" and "mage Dissemination," fully showcasing the achievement of Chinese design and public art.

In the "Smart City," "Science-Art Fusion" and "Intelligent Manufacturing in China" sections, visitors can admire cool gadgets and interact with smart products. From an automatic vacuum baby hair clipper to household robots, from a hover camera to a chocolate 3D-printing machine, from a model of the Shenhai Yongshi manned submersible to a model of manned space station crew equipment, these products demonstrate that design is an important creative impulse for industrial transformation and upgrade, and that technologies in big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and robotics are making people's lives more convenient and comfortable.

Visitors can wear a pair of VR goggles to admire magnificent centuries-old murals from a cave of Mogao in a dark room and interact with a digital version of the painting "Night Revels of Han Xizai" by imperial painter Gu Hongzhong (937-975) at the "Science-Art Fusion" section. In the renowned painting, there are more than 40 lifelike figures with different expressions. Gu's surprising observation of the figures in the painting makes it thought-provoking.

"Traditional Activation" is about the revival of traditional Chinese craftsmanship by incorporating contemporary design. Items on display are mainly furniture, accessories and fashion garments that mix classic Oriental styles and novel minimalist designs. Traditional Chinese craft techniques such as cloth-weaving, tie-dyeing, bamboo-weaving and embroidery are adopted and revived.

The sections "Urban-Rural Construction," "Quality Space," "Friendly Community" and "Image Dissemination" mostly use photos and videos to show projects and case studies and discuss how design and public art can be more human-oriented to serve urban development, community construction, rural cultural rejuvenation, old village protection, targeted poverty reduction, rural township design and environmental protection.

"The exhibition shows the influence of design in China, especially on Chinese culture. In addition to exhibiting single products, case studies are also very important to help visitors understand the inside stories of Chinese design and public art," said Hang.

Launched in 2012 under the former name of the China Design Exhibition, the well-established event aims to display the overall development of China's design, build a national and comprehensive research platform, and explore the value of design in serving the country's economic, social and cultural development.

Dates: Until April 6

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays

Tickets: Free

Venue: Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning, 184 Fuzhong Road 1, Futian District (福田区福中一路184号深圳市当代艺术与城市规划馆)

Metro: Line 3 or 4 to Children's Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit A2