Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology

Date: 
16/04/2015

Prof. Jiang Yuhui was guest speaker of this University Library Research Commons talk.

Throughout the history of Chinese painting, the female boudoir painters have dramatically demonstrated their prominent distinctions which could or should be comprehended from different perspectives. The studies of cultural history, the feminist research, and the critical analysis of power and discourse, etc., have all contributed greatly to the further understanding of these female painters' art world. However, the philosophical thinking, especially phenomenology, might offer us an alternative angle. The problem of synaesthesia, one of the major themes in Phenomenology of Perception, could serve as a guiding thread into this magnificent pictorial world. Developing the argument along this main direction, we also intend to focus on one of the key synaesthetic images in Chinese cultural unconscious: the 'butterfly dream'. 'Butterfly' is one of the basic motifs of Chinese flower-and-bird painting, while 'dream' opens up those heterogeneous temporal-spatial dimensions of perception. Having combined these two aspects together, we hope to bring forward an inspiring interpretation of the 'logic of sensation' inherent in these female painters' creations.

Speaker: Prof. Jiang Yuhui (Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK; Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, East China Normal University)
                Prof. Jiang's main research areas are contemporary French philosophy and art philosophy.

Moderator: Prof. Cheung Lik-kwan (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK)

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Language: Putonghua
Venue: Cafe Area, G/F, University Library

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間

Library Talk: The Imaginary Temporal-Spatial Travel of 'Butterfly Dream' - the Synaesthetic Creativity of Chinese Female Boudoir Painters from the Viewpoint of Phenomenology 圖書館講座:時空幻化的蝶夢之旅 ——由現象學探索中國古代閨閣畫派的聯覺空間