The Power of Copying

 

Qin Jian

Curator/Professor of Xiamen University

 

No matter how we describe the current phenomenon of visual culture, we cannot escape the notion first put forward by Walter Benjamin that it's a observation through mechanical means of making copying (what is now in the digital and liquid form). Copying technologies have revolutionized the way visual information is transmitted and opened up infinite possibilities for association and imagination for viewers in reading and for makers of visual forms. On one hand, the world is thus becoming smaller and people thousands of miles away can share visual information in the same picture of image at the same time, while on the other hand, when it comes to questions or answers relating to cultural indentity, the world has become more migratoy an unpredictable.

 

(to be continued in the catalogue of the exhibiton "the power of copy", Xuzhou May 2010)