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Neither Increasing nor Decreasing Preview

Exhibition

NEITHER INCREASING

NOR DECREASING
无增无减

Virtual exhibition pairing Chinese ceramists 
with objects from Chiddingstone Castle’s Buddhist Collection
本次虚拟展览将由中国陶艺家挑选出奇丁斯顿堡的佛教收藏品配对再创作

31 August – 31 October 2021
Chiddingstone Castle & online

Chiddingstone Castle
in partnership with The Ceramic House

Hosted online by www.theceramichouse.co.uk

Neither Increasing Nor Decreasing is part of INTERBEING, an exploration of collaborative ceramic and sound art practice in Britain and China taking place throughout 2021, curated by Kay Aplin & Joseph Young of The Ceramic House, Brighton, UK.

Inter-being is a Buddhist concept that comes from the Heart Sutra and, in the context of INTERBEING, explores the cultural connections between two seemingly very different cultures, the UK and China. By starting from a point of similarity rather than distance, the project aims to foster and encourage a deeper understanding between countries.

Chiddingstone Castle, in collaboration with The Ceramic House, hosts a virtual exhibition, pairing art works by Chinese ceramic artists with objects from the castle’s Buddhist Collection. The collaboration came out of a research trip in 2019 by the Interbeing project curators Kay Aplin & Joseph Young, following a visit to Shanghai Academy of Fine Art where they met Guanghui Chen, Head of Ceramics. The selected artists represent some of China’s leading ceramic artists as well as emerging artists, all of whom are renowned for innovative, ground-breaking work.

In the context of the ongoing global pandemic, a virtual exhibition opens up opportunities for continuing cultural exchange and collaboration made otherwise impossible by an inability to travel in person. Audiences are able to visit the museum in person to view the objects from the Buddhist collection and remotely view the Chinese artworks on their smartphones. Online viewers will be able to access the exhibition via The Ceramic House website.

“无增-无减”是一个陶瓷和声音艺术合作探索项目,该项目是英国和中国艺术家在2021年实施的一个“互即互;INTERBEING”项目的一部分,由英国布莱顿陶瓷中心的凯•阿普琳女士和约瑟夫•杨先生共同策划。
“互即互”取自佛教中的互生概念,源自《心经》,在互生的背景下,“互即互”探讨了英国和中国两种看似截然不同的文化之间的联系。通过寻求双方相似点的关联而非物理距离的隔断,该项目旨在促进和鼓励国家间更深入的理解。

将中国陶瓷艺术家的作品与奇丁斯顿堡博物馆的佛教藏品配对而进行的虚拟展览,是奇丁斯顿堡与布莱顿陶瓷中心的一个合作项目。这项项目源自“互即互”项目策展人凯•阿普琳和约瑟夫•杨2019年对中国当代陶瓷的一次探索之旅,他们访问了上海美术学院,并在那里会见了陶瓷负责人陈光辉先生。这次入选的艺术家是中国先锋陶艺家以及新兴艺术家的代表,他们都以创新和突破性的作品而闻名。

在新冠疫情在全球持续蔓延的背景下,虚拟展览为那些因不能旅行而无法进行的文化交流与合作提供了机会。观众可以线下参观博物馆,观看佛教藏品,同时通过智能手机链接中国艺术家与一些特定藏品的互动作品;而线上观众则可以通过布莱顿陶瓷中心网站访问“无增-无减”展览项目。

To accompany the exhibition, Joseph Young presents a short series of field recordings from Guangdong Province made on a research trip to China in March-April 2019 when The Ceramic House curators travelled around China meeting potential partners for the Interbeing project.

The artists selected by Shanghai Academy of Fine Art represent some of China’s leading ceramic artists as well as some newer, emerging artists all of whom are renowned for innovative, ground-breaking work.

01.1612
BRONZE BUDDHA, MING DYNASTY 铜佛像,明代

YANZE JIANG 蒋颜泽

01.1612

01.1612
Buddha, seated in dhyanasana (medita 4 on posture) on a lotus base, with his hands in bhumis – parsamudra (touching-earth gesture), lacquered bronze. China, Ming Dynasty (16th – 17th cen – tury). Height: 29cm

01.1539
TWENTY-FOUR ARMED AVALOKITESHVARA 二十四臂观音像

QI JI 祁吉

01.1539

01.1539
Twenty-five armed Avalokitesvara, bodhisaMva of compassion, seated in dhyanasana (medita- 4on posture), with his main pair of hands in anjalimudra (prayer gesture). His elongated upper- most hands hold a seated Buddha. Sino-Tibetan, 17th – 18th century. Height: 46cm, Length: 25cm, Width: 12cm

01.1497
GHANTA (BELL) 犍稚钟

XU XINHUA 徐鑫桦

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01.1497
Ghanta (bell), bronze with inscrip4on. Tibet, 18th century. Height: 19.5cm, Width: 9cm

01.1494
HANDHELD PRAYER WHEEL WITH A HORN HANDLE 
牛角把手转经轮

LI MENGYUN 李梦云

01.1494

01.1494
Handheld prayer wheel with a horn handle, bronze drum inlaid with stones. Tibet, 19th century.
Height: 26cm, Width: 6cm

01.1516
GA-U (CHARM BOX) 噶乌

HONGBO XU 徐洪波

01.1516

01.1516
Ga-u (charm box), silver with gilt bronze and inlaid with turquoise and a ruby. The ga-u was a Mongolian charm or reliquary box that was used to enshrine Buddhist images. Tibet. Height: 10cm, Length: 8cm

01.1590
STUPA佛塔

LU BIN 陆斌

01.1590

01.1590
Stupa (monument which holds relics of the Buddha), gilt bronze containing a painted image of the Buddha. Tibet, 18th century. Height: 17.5cm, Width: 11cm

01.1495
VAJRA 金刚杵

CHEN GUANGHUI 陈光辉

01.1495

01.1495
Vajra (diamond-bolt sceptre), bronze. Tibet, 19th century. Length: 13.5cm

01.2942
THANGKA 唐卡

KANG QING 康青

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01.2942

Thangka (temple wall hanging), painted cotton with a silk brocade mount. The thangka depicts Shadakshari Lokeshvara, holding a flowering lotus and surrounded by Buddhas and other deities. Tibet, 18th century.

01.1533

EWER 水壶

HUANG HUANYI 黄焕义

01.1533

01.1533
Ewer, cloisonné enamel on gilt bronze. China, Qing Dynasty (19th century). Height: 27cm

01.1595
AVALOKITESHVARA 观世音菩萨

RONG SHENG 戎盛、谢艺

01.1595

01.1595
Avalokitesvara, bodhisaMva of compassion, gilt bronze. Avalokitesvara is standing on a lotus base, with both hands in vitarkamudra (teaching or deba4ng gesture). Sino-Tibetan, 17th – 18th century. Height: 16.5cm, Length: 7cm

01.1582
BUDDHIST PLAQUE 
佛牌

ZHOU XIAN-FENG 周先锋

01.1582

01.1582
Buddhist plaque, bronze, on a modern stand. The plaque depicts a seated Buddha on one side and Chinese text in relief on the other. China. Height: 13cm

Inter-being is a Buddhist concept that comes from the Heart Sutra and, in the context of INTERBEING, explores the cultural connections between two seemingly very different cultures, the UK and China. By starting from a point of similarity rather than distance, the project aims to foster and encourage a deeper understanding between countries.

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Neither Increasing Nor Decreasing is part of the Interbeing project – an exploration of collaborative ceramic and sound art practice in Britain and China. Throughout 2021 at The Ceramic House.

Find out more →