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non verbal communication skills…

I would like to speak a little about Cai Weidong (one syllable pronounced ts-a-ee), the Chinese artist from this year’s UNIDEE residency. So Cai arrives here with not one word of English, which makes things a little difficult as English is the language of the residency. At first, it seemed an insurmountable obstacle, he has a small electronic translator with him, but it takes forever to tap words out on it, so it is not exactly conducive to exchange or dialogue, but little by little we get to know each other using google translator and a lot of  sign language.

The other day a Chinese friend he had made came in to translate for him during his presentation which was a revelation as he finally relaxed as he was able to communicate fluidly. His work is strong, he is a photographer and works at an extremely high level both technically and aesthetically, touching on classical, satirical and potentially polemic themes. We were all slightly giddy with this new possibility to communicate with a person who has hitherto been present but a bit of an enigma…he is learning a little English now, and google translator is really quite good…really can’t wait to see what he does here in the next 4 months…Will post examples of his work here (if he lets me) in the future.


fine china and the male genitalia…

This little china plate gets a post all to itself. As part of the contextualisation of  the Arcimboldo exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan (see previous post), it’s somewhat memorable…now of course sex in art is as old as humanity itself, but i must confess this is the first time i have ever seen a man’s face made up of dismembered members. The plate dates to 1536 by the way…

attributed to Franceso Urbini – Plate with head made from phaluses

Pretentiously, I tried to decipher the Latin text for a while until i found out it is actually Italian if you read it backwards and it says : OGNI HOMO ME GUARDA COME FOSSE UNA TESTA DE CAZI – “Every man looks at me as if i were a dick head (literally head of dicks)” !!!

Comedy genius!!!