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The intertextual works articulate their meanings through the process of creation but not through the artists alone. The significances and meanings of the artworks are produced by the copying and referencing of texts that already exist. Creators of these 'new' works forgo the identity as an author, the tracing of originality and the following of reading habits and traditions are to be violated. The process of reading, deciphering and judging of the artworks injects new meanings into the original texts written by the old masters; any blockages or fragmentation that happens in the process will further promote the conceptualisation and production of new creations.

The exhibition emerges from and transcends two projects - A Residency Project at Lingnan University 2013 and Painting On & On.

Painting On & On is an initiative started in Spring 2011 by Hong Kong painters; there were exhibitions and a series of discussions with various motifs being organised throughout these two years. I invited Ivy Ma and Michelle Lee Ho Wing to join this exhibition entitled "Intertextuality" initiated by me, together with the twenty-four students in my class from the Artists' Residency programme at Lingnan University. The artworks to be shown will respond to the theme, and Jeannie Wu is my co-curator for this exhibition.

一件作品的意念並非固定不變的。我們作為觀眾,在欣賞一件作品時受到很多多因素影響,包括觀眾的知識、觀賞時的客觀環境、及因該作品而產生的相關評論等。作為創作者,要逼使觀眾完全按照自己的理念來完整地理解作品可說是徒勞無功; 倒過來說我們面對前人作品時,亦只能從我們有限的認知當中去接近其理念,但當中總存在差異。這些延異,在當代環境中不但沒有成為創作的阻力,反而被視為一種生產力。創作人以及觀眾都可以透過引用、暗示、甚至破壞重組的方式來創作。這次展覽的作品都具有這種互文性 (Intertextuality)。

這類型互文性的作品,發言的不是藝術家,而是創作活動本身。創作人放棄了作者的位置,選擇在眾多文本之間進行抄寫的活動,衍生出新的作品。這些作品賴以存在的不是作者,而是自由選用的文本汪洋。觀眾有時要違反原有的文化與閱讀習慣,不按明確的規則或模式來閱讀。但這並不代表沒有了判斷作品的方法,而是判斷落入繁雜的關係網中。閱讀的過程會因與原來文本的斷裂、或因繁雜的關係網的無窮無盡感到障礙,但同時這些障礙正是令新作品形成生產力,甚至對原本的前人作品加上新的意義與詮釋。

是次展覽結合了「繪畫大道中(四)」及「嶺南大學藝術家駐場」兩個計劃。「繪畫大道中」是一群香港畫家在2011年春天發起,至今兩年以不同主題籌備一系列討論及展覽。這次以「互為文本」為主題,召集了馬琼珠、李可穎、連同本人周俊輝三位藝術家,加上「嶺南大學藝術家駐場計劃」二十四位學生對這主題的回應作品,及胡津如與本人共同策展。

Publication Date

7-2013

Publisher

Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University

City

Hong Kong

Artist Biography

Chow Chun Fai graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Department of Fine Arts (BA 2003 and MFA 2006), and is an active member of Fotanian Artist Village. His works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Manchester, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Palermo and Verona. Received awards include "Hong Kong Arts Centre 30th Anniversary Award Grand Prize" and "the Soversign Asian Art Priza".

Residence Period

2nd semester 2012/2013

Disciplines

Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Visual Studies

Recommended Citation

Chow, C. F., Lee, M., & Ma, I. (2013). Intertextuality: A residency project at Lingnan University 2013 = 互為文本. Hong Kong: Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University.