Functionality, spirit, diversity
The word “Orientalia” means things from the “orient", especially decorative objects from eastern Asia. Since the 17th century, numerous blue and white porcelain pieces were produced and exported to European markets. This spread of beautiful porcelain trasures outside of Asia lead to international trade and various artistic variations and expressions were developed, reflecting the cultural exchange between the East and the West.
The theme of the 48th IAC Congress is “Orientalia”, presenting the results of crossing over in ceramic art from the perspectives of functionality, spirit, and diversity. This is to demonstrate the “Eastern spirit” and culture that has evolved through cultural interactions for thousands of years.
focuses on demonstrating functions, skills, and practicality. It may be defined as an aesthetics of actual living, in which utility is the first principle of beauty.
Taiwanese Kung-Fu tea ceremony represents a type of aesthetics of tea, which is a lifestyle of “oneness of Zen and tea”. It encompasses the spatial beauty of both the interior and exterior of the tea room, bringing participants into the world of Zen and Tao.
highlights the emphasis by traditional Eastern cultures on internal constitution instead of appearance through consciousness, philosophies, and theories. The purpose of artistic creation is to put souls into objects, paintings, calligraphies and to connect the works to life in a meaningful way.
exhibits diverse forms of expressions and styles. Taiwan is an island with geographical advantage and abundant resources. After generations of immigration and conquest by various peoples, cultural diversity has become one of Taiwan’s most prominent traits. The passion of the Austronesians, the long history of the Chinese, and the meticulousness of the Japanese have fused into Taiwan’s unique cultural identity.
The projected content of the Congress is as follows.
l . Exhibitions: The theme is Orientalia. We call for works of art with ceramics as the main medium. The types of exhibitions are the following.
Ø Feature exhibitions: Combining the 2018 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and the theme of Orientalia to curate exhibitions.
Ø IAC member exhibitions: Inviting IAC members from around the world to be featured, providing visitors with the opportunity to closely appreciate the beauty of modern ceramic art, and establishing a platform for international exchange regarding ceramic art.
Ø Satellite exhibitions: Inviting Taiwanese art schools, galleries in Yingge, and ceramic art studios to be featured, integrating with cultural exchange to facilitate domestic and foreign visitors in appreciating Taiwanese art.
2. Seminars and educational outreach: Organizing lectures and cultural tours to share academic studies and artwork while attracting domestic and foreign visitors to in-depth cultural exchange that allows them to learn about the ceramic industry and cultural activities in Taiwan
Ø Seminars: Seminars during the Congress that focus on Eastern aesthetics, crossover expressions of ceramics (in tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and incense ceremony), or phenomena and development in contemporary ceramic art circles, for exchanging opinions and ideas while promoting ceramic art
Ø Galas and cultural events: Welcome and farewell galas will be held for the Congress. The galas are opportunities for participants to interact, with cultural events (e.g. tea ceremony and Taiwanese opera) planned in conjunction with the seminars.
Ø In-depth cultural tours: Pre-Congress tour and post-Congress tour to promote Taiwanese ceramic art and local cultural exchange. The pre-congress tour focuses on the aboriginal culture and natural beauty of eastern Taiwan; the post-congress tour centers on the development of ceramics and historical sites in southeastern Taiwan. The tours are expected to feature local kilns, cultural exchange activities, and ceramic art studios, with in-depth guidance and cultural experiences that facilitate the appreciation and promotion of Taiwanese culture and ceramic art.
u Pre-congress tour – Culture in Eastern Taiwan
Time: Wed. Sep. 5 through Fri. Sep. 7, 2018
u Post-congress tour – Culture in Southeastern Taiwan
Time: Thu. Sep. 13 through Sun. Sep. 16, 2018