After ten years and hundreds of published works, ASPECT has decided to cease publication. Good gamblers and good artists both possess the same important skill: knowing when to walk away. The ending may be artificial, such as a time limit, or it could be external, as in the case of an authority figure, but the time comes when we must put our pencils down. We may never be done, but we can find “A good place to stop.”
As new genres of art making develop, video and new media art are still heavily informed by their predecessor, film. Today, Many artists who work in time-based media are fascinated by the cultural, formal, and theoretical issues surrounding popular cinema. Volume 20: The Cinematic features works that explore the complex relationship between cinema and new media.
As tools of communication evolve, so does language itself. While globalization expands our notion of community and networked culture shrinks the boundaries between public and private, the strategies through which we communicate are thrown into question. In light of this questioning, Volume 19 features works that address language and communication as their primary subjects and tools.
In recent decades, China has undergone massive social, economic and cultural change, altering its citizens’ view of the world and themselves. China’s artists have rapidly absorbed and reinterpreted the pluralistic styles of Western art, using them to translate the unique realities of life in contemporary China. In turn, many Western artists interested in the play between the individual and society have turned their attention to China as a complex and often culturally loaded subject.
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