Campus Exhibition: Melodies from Teochew Strings

Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, Shantou University (CN)

Curator: Dr. Predrag K. Nikolic

Teochew culture or Chaoshan culture has a long history. It originated from Chaoshan predecessors, established itself in the Qin and Han Dynasties, and has features such as Teochew dialect, opera, music, cuisine, arts and crafts, and folk customs, as well as Gongfu tea. The name “Chaoshan” is a contraction of the names of two of its administrative areas, the prefecture-level cities of Chaozhou, and Shantou. The characteristics and influences of Teochew culture are evident in the philosophies, speaking habits, and customs of Shantounese people.

Teochew string music is the eternal inspiration for many generations of Shantounese, reflecting the way they live and learn, and the ideas and creations they have disseminated all over the world for more than a thousand years. That is the reason we named the exhibition “Melodies from Teochew Strings“. The melodies and the Teochew string instrument as the metaphors for the fresh ideas and novel aesthetic concepts derived from the mix of native Chinese heritage and technology. Furthermore, it is a speculative futuristic vision of human society, environment, and interactions offered by the Digital Media Department at Shantou University, Cheung Kong School of Art and Design and their young students who are part of the modern design reform of China in the 21st century.

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Shantou University is a comprehensive university established in 1981 with the approval of the State Council. The school was supported by famous patriots and internationally renowned entrepreneur Mr. Li Kashing. Currently, Shantou University is a tertiary institution jointly established by the Ministry of Education, Guangdong Province, and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Art and Design is strongly committed to providing professional design education that highlights creativity, and promoting individual creative thinking with a focus on integrating Chinese culture with new world concepts.

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