Pamviles: Artist, author
As the pandemic spread around the world, Pamviles became aware of the international tensions, and the themes of his artworks became more socially and politically relevant, including the rumours surrounding the pandemic, the deteriorating relationship between the US and China, the regulation and control of speech, the balance between order and freedom, racial issues, and the Hong Kong issue. Before the pandemic, his work tended to be a personal expression, this body of work created during the pandemic is more focused on reflecting on current social issues, and he intends to continue this change in his work in the future.
There are five parts of this event：
- Artists’ works 艺术家作品展示
- Video of the artist’s journey towards creation 艺术家走向创作历程的自述
- Interview with the artist 艺术家采访
- Video of the creation of the “Codism Manifesto” & the full-textual version in English and Chinese 艺术家的“密码主义宣言”的创作 &《密码主义宣言》中英文完整版
- Workshop on “How to create an art theory/project/research” “如何创建艺术理论/项目/研究“工作坊
Stages of Starting Creating 走向创作的历程
The names would be abbreviated as “Christy” (Christy YANG) and “Pamviles” (Pamviles).
Christy: How did you organise your work and life during the pandemic? How was it different from before the pandemic?
Pamviles: Because I’ve always lived alone and my studio is in my home, I mostly stayed at home even before the pandemic. So my work and lifestyle did not change much during the pandemic compared to before. But living and working alone before the pandemic was a choice, while during the pandemic it was a necessity.
Christy: What changes did you experience or notice? What’s your pivot during the pandemic?
Pamviles: The pandemic, especially for people who live alone, makes one feel the weight of loneliness, which made me feel that I needed emotional and life companionship even more. Personally, my pivot in the pandemic was that I met my girlfriend, who is American and, during the time we lived together, it made me think a lot about the relationship and issues between the US and China.
Christy: When did you start working on this body of work?
Pamviles: I painted the first piece on US-China relations in early January 2020, when the pandemic started. But the subsequent works have been heavily influenced by what happened during the pandemic.
Christy: What inspired you to start this body of work?
Pamviles: As the pandemic spread around the world, international tensions led me to think more about the social and political issues of the day, including the rumour mill at the beginning of the pandemic, the deteriorating relationship between China and the US, the regulation and control of speech, the balance between order and freedom, racial issues, the Hong Kong issue and so on.
Christy: What does this body of work mean to you?
Pamviles: In the past, my work tended to be a personal expression, whereas this body of work focuses more on current social issues and reflections, which means that the subject matter of my work has changed significantly, and this change will continue in my future works.
Christy: Has the pandemic had any impact on your work/work plans?
Pamviles: The pandemic is a once in a century occurence which has brought the world’s attention to on many of the same, international issues. It has made me create work that is closer to real life and think about the issues that have arisen in this time and the warnings for the future that may happen as a result. I now live in Dongguan, and the Dongguan Cultural Museum has an annual project called “Operation Dream”, which funds artists to organise exhibitions, concerts and other activities. I was lucky enough to join this project in 2018.
Christy: How have your feelings about painting changed since the pandemic began? How did it change?
Pamviles: I first came into contact with painting because of a mental health problem that lasted for six months. Painting helped me feel the joy of being free from these thoughts and difficulties. Whereas now, painting is a more serious thought process, which can often be painful and a struggle. Depending on what I need to express, I choose other artistic mediums such as writing, sculpture or installation to present my thoughts.
Christy: Do you think that after the pandemic the presentation of artworks will shift more towards online? How do you see this pivot?
Pamviles: During the pandemic, there seems to be a trend towards more and more online work but, personally, I don’t think this will replace offline, physical exhibitions, at least not yet. We can see all the details of the work from multiple angles, including the texture and colour of the work, the visual impact of the size of the work, etc., which can be distorted to a certain extent when photographed with even the best cameras.
Nowadays, most of the work is presented in two dimensions, in the form of pictures, which are often not visible because of the quality of the camera, and often these details are the soul of the work. For example, I have a lot of works that have subtle key details and three-dimensional representations that are difficult to fully express online, and even if they could be presented, it would be a lot of work for both the platform and the viewer. Additionally, the online presentation is limited to a small screen, which diminishes the visual impact that many artworks can have. As far as technology is concerned, the online display of works is more of a convenience than a way to replicate the experience and impact of viewing a work. Until VR technology takes a quantum leap forward towards the future, and reaches a level of accuracy comparable to reality and is sufficiently widespread, the offline presentation of artworks will be a necessity.
Christy: How do you see the relationship between technology and art （starting with the process of creating your Codism Manifesto)?
Pamviles: As mentioned in my Codism Manifesto, I created codes because they are based on mathematics, while technology is also based on mathematics, so the presentation of codes in my work is to some extent representative of contemporary technology and data.
The rapid and ever-changing advancement of technology affects us all and every field, including art. Art is very much a reflection of the time in which the artist lives, and to a certain extent, it is a way of recording the time in which he lives, and our period is one where technology is booming, and every advancement has a profound impact on our lives. This brings us convenience, and it makes us think, too, about possible futures or problems.
Now that we see art and technology becoming more and more closely integrated, I guess there is this relationship: art reflects the contemporary, and technology is the most widespread and far-reaching part of contemporary influence. The relationship between art and technology will become closer or even blurred as the time progresses.
About the Creation of Codism 关于密码主义的创作
Try to create your own art theory /project / research.
Step 1: Identify an art field that interests you
It could be an art skill, an art style, an artist, an art trend, or an art gallery…
Step 2: Identify what you are good at
Perhaps you are a good writer, a good observer of details involved in daily lives, a person who are acuminous to the feeling of others, or a dressing blogger, a person seen many art exhibitions, etc., something artistic and you take as your uniqueness.
Step 3: Identify the intersections or overlap between what you are good at and are interested about Art
Even seemingly unrelated fields could have different sparks from friction. For example, if you want to learn an art skill of illustration, are you are pretty good at writing, then you could write a scene first and then try to draw it.
Step 4: Choose a theme
If you haven’t exposed to art before, then as a newcomer, you could try to find an simple theme that you’re interested in.
Once you’ve done, please feel free to post it on our website to share your ideas with us!
Step 1: 确定你感兴趣的艺术领域
Step 2: 明确你所擅长的事
Step 3: 找出你所擅长的事和你感兴趣的艺术领域之间的交叉点
Step 4: 选择一个主题
Host: Christy YANG
Contact Person: Ifance FAN, Christy YANG
Planner: Christy YANG
Text: Christy YANG
Translator: Christy YANG
Proofreading: Calum BAIRD, Jiaqi GAO