An experiment in conceptual art based on the Hokkien Zhi Ren in Malacca old town

Li, Yi (2007) An experiment in conceptual art based on the Hokkien Zhi Ren in Malacca old town. Masters thesis, University Malaysia Sabah.


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This study discusses the possibility of using the signified of the Hokkien Zhi Ren as the element to express the conception of art. The possibility is based on two attempts. One is a serious-minded analysis of the meaning, the form, and the relationship between the meaning and form of the Hokkien Zhi Ren; another is an experiment of application in which using the signified of the Hokkien Zhi Ren through transformation to express the conception of art through final fifteen works practice. The methodology of this study is experiment, and the main method in this research is participant observation. Five instruments were applied in this study, namely the theories of Conceptual Art, the basic Art elements, the Closure principle of Gestalt, the filter theory of Psychology, and the techniques of making the Hokkien Zhi Ren. To obtain the first-hand information about the situation of the Hokkien Zhi Ren in current time, and its correlative techniques, more than two months were spent for participant observation in Malacca old town. Comparisons with the counterview which was against to "play China Card", this study proves it would be able to enrich the Conceptual Art creation, through studying the traditional elements seriously, and finding out the relationship between the traditional elements and Modern society exquisitely, without utilitarian.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hokkien Zhi Ren, conception of art, Malacca old town, transformation, history
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Arts Studies
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 02:23
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 09:04

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