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讀文化,也要國際視野

2017/3/27 — 10:26

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在寫論文的衝刺階段,我常常不禁自問:為甚麼要讀一個外國學位?我研究主題是香港導演,還要關於武俠片。攻讀香港學位不但更容易找資料,又不用多花唇舌向外國人解釋複雜的中國文化概念。然而,在這段經驗給我的,不只是一紙證書,更是一個突破慣性思考的機會。

大約去年這個時候,我在妮塔莉教授那兒實習,協助她舉辦一場有關亞洲文學與電影的研討會。這次研討會除了我們大學的教授參與外,亦邀請了其他大學學者,就各式各樣題目分享。 最後來這次會議的,除了法國人,也有來自德國、台灣、中國的學者與研究生。有法國教授介紹改編自村上春樹小說的電影; 有台灣學者講解張愛玲小說映像化的難度;有法國紀錄片導演,介紹如何用電影來傳遞柬埔寨詩人作品的詩意。而妮塔莉教授的題目,則是中文書法如何在一撇一捺間,體現武術行雲流水之形態。

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不要因為他們來自歐洲,就想當然以為他們對亞洲文化認知有限。事實上,他們不只對東方文化有深入認識,亦加入西方文化理論分析,試圖為一些我們習以為常的東西,加入新的角度與思考方式。比方說妮塔莉教授的研究,她指出武俠片片名,通常以書法寫成,看起來形似一個人正在打功夫。她認為,這令電影在片首便已營造起一種武俠氛圍。對我來說,看見中文字便自然就會閱讀其意思,倒從來沒留意到字的形狀如何,書法又怎樣與電影內容呼應。對歐洲教授來說,中文見形知義的特質,也一樣趣味十足。同一件事,在來自不同文化背景的人眼中,原來可以得出截然不同,卻又同等精彩的解讀。

無疑,在外國大學讀書的經驗令我眼界大開,能以更國際化的角度分析本地文化。但我亦相信,並不是每個人都有這樣的時間與機會。更何況,假如已找到符合志趣的工作,貿然辭工起行可更艱難。

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不過,留在香港,又不一定沒有進修外國學位的機會。假如你在文化管理領域工作,又有興趣修讀外國課程的話,不妨考慮蘇黎世藝術大學「全球文化管理培訓」計劃。計劃將會由現在至明年間,在香港舉辦一系列課程,以探討全球文化趨勢,以及身處亞洲這藝術新興市場,如何迎接這股文化風潮。這計劃好處在於,能夠與國際資深文化工作者直接討論,分析本地業界情況,同時亦有機會與來自其他地區的業內人士交流,深入了解全球文化發展。

比如說,四月的課程「新興城市文化發展的理想與現實」(4月21至23日),便由兩位講者Michael Schindhelm與Elisabeth Danuser分享他們對全球文化發展的心得,為學員提供更國際化分析角度。尤其Schindhelm身為作家、電影人和策展人,曾在歐亞各地如杜拜、香港、莫斯科均有文化機構管理或擔任顧問之經驗,對亞洲藝術發展會有更深入理解。

此外,計劃本月底開始的「國際策展工作室:展覽策劃與社會變遷」(3月27至31日)及年末舉辦的「CCAA:中國當代藝術奬」(12月1至3日),也會就全球以至中國文化藝術的不同議題,進行深入討論。

在攻讀外國學位期間,我最得益之處,通常來自與世界各地學生之交流。過往我在本地機構工作,雖然能深入認識香港文化圈,但對其地地區的了解通常只限皮毛。例如,透過其中一位泰國女同學之口,我才知道原來當地電影市場龐大,而加拿大多倫多影展對發行尤其重要。我往往要透過與不同背景的同學溝通,才理解自己對國際文化市場認知有限。

蘇黎世藝術大學「全球文化管理培訓」計劃,亦同樣重視學員之間的交流。除了在課堂上有機會認識各國業內人士以外,其網上平台亦方便來自世界各地的學員及導師就不同文化專業議題討論、對話。換言之,學習不只在課堂上,也是在課堂以外擴展國際視野。

假如你身在香港又希望更深入修讀全球文化管理,蘇黎世藝術大學與 Connecting Space 合作的「全球文化管理培訓」, 只要修讀足夠學分,便可取得深造文憑(Diploma of Advanced Studies)。學員修課具彈性之餘,亦方便他們把知識運用在日常文化工作之中。

課程資料

蘇黎世藝術大學與 Connecting Spaces Hong Kong-Zurich 於2017年將開辦創新的「全球文化管理培訓」計劃,計劃其下探討策展管理和批判理論的三個課程現正接受報名,課程涵蓋:

「國際策展工作室:展覽策劃與社會變遷」(3月27至31日)

「新興城市文化發展的理想與現實」(4月21至23日)

「中國當代藝術奬(CCAA)」(12月1至3日),此課程將提供當前中國國內的藝術創作的第一手資訊。

全部課程均由當代藝術圈內知名藝術工作者授課,並提供國際級的文化管理相關教材。現職或未來的策展人、學者、學生或藝術工作者不但可以從課程中實踐並擴闊已有的國際展覽策劃知識,還可申請豁免深造文憑(Diploma of Advanced Studies) 之學分。除上述列明的課程外,我們亦提供線上課程,以及免費的課程教材。

如欲了解更多詳情,請瀏覽:http://connectingspaces.ch/projects/education/das/

(本文為贊助內容)

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While I was writing my masters dissertation, I couldn't help but wonder - why did I pursue a degree from an overseas institute? Given that I studied Hong Kong directors and martial art films, it should be easier if I do it in local institutions, in terms of looking up references and explaining complex notions in Chinese culture... However, when I think about this experience, I realize that it is not only about getting a diploma, but also a chance to think from different perspectives.

Around this time last year, I interned for Professor Bittinger, in assisting her studies forum about Asian literature and cinema. Besides the scholars from our university, the participants of the forum also included some experts from other institutions. The combination was in fact quite international - there were students and teachers from France, Taiwan, Germany, and China. A French professor discussed the adaptation of Murakami’s novels; a Taiwanese scholar talked about the difficulty to visualize Eileen Cheng's writings; a French documentary director shared how he transformed the poetic aesthetic of Cambodian poetry into visual elements...  Among them, Professor Bittinger talked about how Chinese calligraphy illustrates the choreographic movement of martial arts in a film.

To my surprise, the European scholars provided a very profound and inspiring insight regarding Asian culture. Furthermore, while applying Western notions in the topics, they tried to add new viewpoints to Eastern culture that I, being Chinese, had never given a second thought.

For example, in Prof. Bittinger’s seminar she pointed out that the form of Chinese calligraphy imitates the fluid movement of kung fu, and that’s why the calligraphic title of a martial art film establishes a specific atmosphere of the genre from the beginning - it totally blew my mind. As a native Chinese speaker, I read the meaning of the Chinese title when I see one, but never paid attention to the shape of the characters. I would never have imagined how calligraphy would highlight the film's genre. On the other hand, the European scholars were also fascinated to learn that a Chinese character contains the meaning in its structure. It’s amazing how a single subject can be interpreted in such different yet interesting ways from different perspectives.

Studying abroad indeed shows me a wider world in analyzing local culture. Yet, not all of us have the opportunity and time for that. Moreover, it would be much harder for those who have already found their dream job in Hong Kong.

However, there are opportunities to pursue an overseas diploma without leaving Hong Kong. If you are working in the field of cultural management and thinking about taking a foreign programme, the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)’s Diploma of Advanced Studies "Executive Education on Global Culture” may fit your needs. The programme includes a series of courses that explore the global culture trend, as well as the emerging art markets in Asia. The best part is you will be able to look into the global culture development from different angles - it gives you a great opportunity to discuss the global culture market with international experts and meet other culture professionals around the world.

For example, the upcoming 3-day course “Dream and Reality of Cultural Development in Emerging Cities” (21-23 April), will be held by Michael Schindhelm and Elisabeth Danuser - two renowned specialists in cultural management. In the course, they will share their experience of the global culture development from an international perspective. Especially, being a writer, filmmaker, and curator, Schindhelm is very experienced in managing cultural organizations in European and Asian cities, including Dubai, Hong Kong, and Moscow. Therefore, he can certainly give a unique insight into the art world in Asia.

In addition, ZHdk will run two other courses - “International Curating Studio: Curating and Social Change” (27 – 31 March)  and  “CCAA: Chinese Contemporary Art Award” (1 –3 Dec), in Hong Kong this year, to discuss in depth various topics of the art and cultural trend from China to the wider world.

While studying abroad, I treasured the most the chances to meet other students from other places. I worked previously for an art organization in Hong Kong, where I gained a good understanding of the local cultural scene, but not the global art scene. For example, I had no idea of how developed the Thai film industry is, or how important the Toronto Film Festival is to them, until I learned it from a Thai classmate. Encountering people from different backgrounds let me understand how little I knew about other places outside Hong Kong.

In the same way, ZHdK’s Diploma of Advanced Studies "Executive Education on Global Culture” facilitates the exchange of ideas between international students. In addition to meeting culture professionals in the class, you may also meet other students and tutors via the programme’s online platform to share your points of view on cultural issues. In other words, it helps you to expand your international perspective on global culture both inside and outside the classroom.

If you want to study global culture management in Hong Kong further, you may also finish the Diploma of Advanced Studies "Executive Education on Global Culture”, which is co-organized by ZHdK and Connecting Space, simply by taking more courses in the programme to complete the credits required. With the help of this fantastic flexibility, students may pursue their studies in global culture and, at the same time, apply the new-gained knowledge in their work.

Courses Information

Zurich University of the Arts in conjunction with Connecting Spaces Hong Kong-Zurich is now accepting applications for three courses in curatorial management and critical theory as part of their innovative 2017 Diploma of Advanced Studies ‘Executive Education on Global Culture’ programme:

“International Curating Studio: Curating and Social Change” (27 – 31 March)

“Dream and Reality of Cultural Development in Emerging Cities” (21-23 April)

“Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA)” (1 –3 Dec) which provides first-hand information about current art practices in China.

All course are facilitated by known practitioners in the field of contemporary arts and include materials relevant to cultural management on an international level. Future or current curators, academics, students or art practitioners will be able to apply credits from these courses to the Diploma of Advanced Studies ‘Executive Education on Global Culture’ or simply expand and engage their existing knowledge of international curatorial practices. In addition to the listed courses we also offer other online courses and complimentary course materials.

For further information please see: http://connectingspaces.ch/projects/education/das/

The Course is registered as a Non-local Course by the Education Bureau of HKSAR under the Registration Number 272703.

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

 

(This article is sponsored by Connecting Space Hong Kong)

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