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Fifth step of the project in China - from 5th to 25th August 2012

Local Partner: Creatives in Residence

A  relevant part of the meaning in life consists of finding, acknowledging and expressing  the connection between life itself and nature. (Arenzano Manifesto's Fifth Thesis)

The project's fifth stage has taken place in Sunhoo Industrial Design Innovation Park (Fuynag, Hangzhou). Encouraging the interaction of art, design and culture with the local environment, Creatives in residence 2012 welcome 30 international artists, designers, writers and creative people to enter in contact with Zhejiang, its cultural, economic, and natural resources, developing art and design works, reflecting on global economic processes as well as appreciating Chinese traditional culture. ( )

A peculiar landscape characterizes Zhejiang: an incredible concentration of factories as well as huge extensions of green lands and abundance of water. One of the most industrial areas of China is at the same time one of the richest of natural parks, forests and lakes. Many of these landscapes are the ones that inspired the most famous artists and writers in the past centuries in China and still have great influence on the special relation with Chinese traditional culture that you can breathe here.

There Rebecca has realised a site specific installation based on the perception of Nature in traditional Chinese Culture, Philosophy and Arts compared with the contemporary urban development of the area.

The natural world has long been conceived in Chinese thought as a self-generating, complex arrangement of elements that are continuously changing and interacting. Uniting these disparate elements is the Dao, or the Way. Dao is the dominant principle by which all things exist, but it is not understood as a causal or governing force. Chinese philosophy tends to focus on the relationships between the various elements in nature rather than on what makes or controls them. According to Daoist beliefs, man is a crucial component of the natural world and is advised to follow the flow of nature's rhythms. Daoism also teaches that people should maintain a close relationship with nature for optimal moral and physical healt.

Thanks to the Creatives in Residence Program she has had the opportunity to stay in Fuyang, a famous city for its water and mountain landscapes. Fuyang is also crowned to be the national garden city, national sanitary city, China's excellent tourist city and the national model city of environment protection. Fuyang is located in the west area of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center. With enchanting natural beauty and abundant cultural heritages, Hangzhou is known as "Heaven on Earth".

The West Lake, inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List is one of the most renowned feature of Hangzhou. The West Lake has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century and it is an exceptional testimony to the very specific cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of "pictures" that reflect what was seen as a perfect fusion between people and nature, a tradition that evolved in the Tang and Song Dynasties and has continued its relevance to the present day.