Week 3: Though about Ethics in the Arts

The Standards and Guidelines announced by College Art Associate about Ethics in Arts, which is the bible for designers, and artists and the students belonging art and design department. In particular, all the standards illustrate how to protect and display the artworks for artists and designers in social world. It is important, as a student, clearly and understanding all rules will be faced in future work and how to solve and/or avoid the problems will be emerged.

Meanwhile, as an art student, I focus on how to develop and demonstrate my amazing ideas and though and ignore to protect my art works and fabulous ideas. It is dangerous. I remember, when I study in fine arts, there are 14-artworks are collected by collage without any notices. When I received the collection certificates I just realized that my works are collected. After that I never receive any information and state about all works. Even if the art pieces display in retrospective exhibition, I will not be mentioned. The statement of CAA about the ethics reminder me what I need to do in next time when I faced the same problem in future.

Given the standards shown on the part V. Exhibition and Sale of Artwork is essential for my research. This part states the important rules to how to works with art dealers and art institutions. Contract is the primary method which means laws are the basis ways to the rights reserved by the artist. The Artist-Gallery Contracts section is my most interested part cause my previous work is a curator and exhibits space designer. This section clarifies the duration and coverage, expenses, exhibitions, commissions, sales and accounting and termination in the contracts. All of them are important for both artist and museum, especial the expenses paragraph, which has shown the fees of transportation, insurance, storage, security and exhibit duration and who will cover the cost. It is relevant the budget and the operation of museum. Therefore, gallery and museums as an outstanding platform for artist to display their fantastic works to general public. At the same time, copyright is the key for artist to reserve and protect the rights of their artworks to avoid the plagiarism.

Week 2: The Purpose of the Research University

The aim of research university is to develop the students’’ ability of create, invention, analysis and visionary. In particular, higher education focuses on specific academic areas to train learners in structure of acknowledge and learning skills. It is different between the ways of study in high school and university. Students need more active in higher education and recognize the research area. The most important for student that gains from research universities is the ways of thinking and the ability of analysis and solve the problems. For instant, the projects in class not included all the problems we will faced in future, thus the experience that learned from team members and professors is how they analyze and completed each part, as well as image what I will do in the same situation.

I graduated from China Academy of Fine in Fine Art and Kingston University London in Curating Contemporary Design. After that, I work in Beijing Design Week and Architecture studio in Beijing. It is a huge gap between my experience in education and working. In other works, the aims of professor and boss are different. It frustrated for me as a new member of the company. The experience in working is a new beginning for me not matter what I have achieved in universities. After I depth thinking in working I back Research University-Virginia Tech to think about how to connect the skills I learned from class with ability I should be used in work. It is clear and aimed in the whole learning process.

The mode is different between Tech and China Academic of art, as well as in Kingston. Both in China and Britain, all students will receive the course schedule in each semester and study will students who have similar background. But, in Tech, students have right to choose classes and cooperate and learning with classmates who have different educational background and structure of acknowledge. Students have different ways of thinking that based on their background, which inspire though and new ideas. It is essential, or almost the central keys, for the development of Research University.


Week 1: Introductions

Hi everyone, my name is Yang, a second year master student in Creative Technology. I graduated from China Academy of Art in major of fine arts 2010, and then I studied in London Kingston University in MA Curating Contemporary Design. After that, I back to China and work in Beijing as a curator and program manager in almost two years. Trough cooperates and communicates with talent artists and designers in my working experience, I am interested in the digital arts and attempt to combine smart digital method in exhibits space design and display. Therefore I quit my job and back to university.

My primary impressions of the Virginia Tech: Principles of Community is egalitarian and statement freely. University life is the rehearsal for the upcoming social life. Therefore, how to communicate and cooperate with all classmates and friends who come from variety educational background, have different nationality, race, religion and ways of thinking is the most important challenge. The experience not only highlights the personal ability in teamwork but also to construct the social network to access the lasting information in relevant areas. Tech as a platform for all students to practice how to solve the problems we will be face in the future.

I totally agree the point in the video “We affirm the value of human diversity” which indicate the essential role of confidence. As a student and/or researcher, we should express the personal opinions with 100% + confidence in each time to let all the audience believe it is necessary for future. The positive attitude is important to stimulate the exploration in future.