The power of myths

After reading the book The Power of Myths, I have concluded the two basic idea of Joseph Campbell. Through his interview, Campbell want to answer two questions, one is why people need myths, the other is what myths can bring to people. In Campbell’s point of view, he thought myths can help people experience being live. What is being live? Nowadays, many resources and books are available to most of people, however, many younger are feeling that they are still empty after reading a lot of books. Why? People are following rules, students are following teachers, but do they really understand what they are learning? In the other world, do they really feel interested when there are learning? People know somethings are good, but not all the good things can make people happy. Campbell thinks, by reading myths, people can find out what they really interested in and whenever they find out the answer, they should follow their bliss and not be afraid. The reason that why myths can give people answer is that the stories told by myths include original feelings about nature and life. It gives people a better way to understand truth, to understand nature, and also themselves by using symbols of world such as animals. But it is still a question to me that how can myths influence people in a more objective way.

And what I interested in myths is that why the world myths have so many similarities. For example, the fox. In the ancient book in China Shanhai Jing, it recorded such kink of fox which has nine beautiful tails. And also in the myths in Europe, there are also a fox, when its tails light a fire, there is Aurora. It is also mentioned in the book The Power of Myths, although the myths come from different region, it seems that they aim to express similar theme.


ResArtis – Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies


What is Res Artis?

It is a worldwide net work of artist resident which found on 1993. With the growing number of members , it has over 500 centers, organizations, and individuals in over 70 countries. It organizes the chance for individual arties as well as organizations to communicate altogether as a global community via face-to face meetings and online chatting.

Now, it covers lots of residencies all over the world. They showed as the map below.

resartis map

How does the net work operate?

The relationship base is resident and the host.

The hosts provide register residency centers in the net work for inviting artists, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people, to provide them a time and space away from their usual environment. Also they provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production. They also allow individuals to explore his/her practice within another community; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location.

For residencies, they can take part in museums, universities, galleries, studio spaces, theaters, artist-run spaces, municipalities, governmental offices, and even festivals.


How to join the net work?

The way for joining the net work is becoming their member. There are three types of members, including Residency MembersAssociate Members and Individual Members.

About Residency Members, it is the largest group of Res Artis members. The member of residency can participate in organizations, artists groups that organizing artist residency program that provided on the website. They can also get regional support and information, reduction in meeting registration fees and also receiving public & member’s only newsletters.

The Associate Membership is different from residency member, it opens to programs, foundations, or other networks that assist or support international exchange programs or the artists themselves. They can be governmental, non-governmental or privately run. As associate member, they can join the Meetings held by Res Artis, posting upcoming activities   and also accessing the member’s section of the webpage for more information.

Also there is Individual Membership which is open to artists, curators, or any other individual who wishes to support and join the activities of Res Artis. They can also apply for the programs and receive e-newsletter. They can join Meetings and access the member’s section of the webpage.

The fee for each kinds of the members are different. Yearly, the fee for Residency Members is €30-450 , Associate Membership is €375, Individual Membership is € 75.


What help with the net work?

There are four kinds of organizations that within and help with the Res Artis in different ways.

1.Free Dimensional is responsible for organizing community arts space and local resources for the support and protection of individuals who create dialogue on global issues and inequalities through their art and media. It acts as a parallel network to Res Artis, helping with members who interested in activities.

2.Asia Australia Europe Creative Residency Network. It is a sub-network of Res Artis with the mission to specifically promote more cultural exchange between Asia, Australia and Europe. It helps with developing several activities and exchanges to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, resources and experiences regarding the artist residencies in Asia, Australia and Europe.

3. The ‘PAiR’ Initiative – Performing Arts in Residence. It works to strengthen existing and support the development of new residencies for performing artists, helping with organizing members who especially interested in performing art.

4. Microresidence Network. The Microresidence Network is an independent initiative from Res Artis and residencies who are not members of Res Artis are of course able to join. It helps with recognizing the significant proportion of Res Artis members.

How to use technology properly? Make use of it to make the world better.

  1.  The author of the book —Secret Garden:An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book Johanna Basford  holds  the opinion that works made by computers are cold and have no soul. So she insists on completing her works by hand. From my perspective, this’s an interactive work and it’s the combination of traditional methods and modern technology. First, the author just finished one part of the coloring book and then readers did another part which refers to coloring pictures in the book. Second,although she finished the book without computers,it’s the technology that helps to print books and transfers them to the readers.
  2. When it comes to the soul of the works, I remember there’s a philosopher called Walter Benjamin who represents Frankfurt School. The most famous article of his is The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. And he claimed that all art works had aura. Aura requires authenticity. However, the mechanism makes art works lose authenticity and their aura.
  3. The beginning part of Technology and the Lifeworld is From Garden to Earth. It compares life in a non-technological imagined “garden” with our experience in the technologically mediated world. “Garden” is used as a reference point for us humans to make sure of the extent how much technology should be used.

Week 3 (Jan.25) – Proposal Draft

Reading material for today:

Truax, B. (1986). Computer music language design and the composing process. In The language of electroacoustic music (pp. 155-173). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Proposal (draft)

  • History/Background – From instrumental music to computer music
  • Changing Roles of Music: There is no definite or final version of a computer music piece because the program output is not limited by instruments and the user can never predict how the system generates the user’s intentions. And the computer music is not only hearable but visible in a graphic form as well mostly because in softwares, the users compose music basing on parameters but not notes. What’s more, in times of instrumental music, low level skill of playing an instrument results in worse music, but in computer music, simple input can generate well-performed music through smart and well-controlled systems. (Question: Can we still name computer music “music” ? or should we just call it composed sound?)
  • Composing Process: It is not simple representation of sounds. For most time, the user makes a new kind of music. “the important ingredient is that the program offers data manipulation tools which correspond to the perceptual and musical concepts of the user”
  • Human Actions: What the user does is more machine learning or let’s say software experience than arrangement of the note flows. And in the composing process, the user is cooperating with many things but not merely a computer.
  • Question: What a musical softwares can’t do?


Week3: Project proposal

Overall idea :

build website where my past works are shown.

Other purposes might be achieved:

A self-exploration about my own knowledge system

Futher projects proposals

A general direction of further researches and studies, in what area will I continue study

Possible tools to build up the website:

1. WordPress: WordPress is well-known as a blogging platform, but it can also easily be used to build a regular website using static pages. It’s likely the most customizable option short of a custom-built site, with hundreds of different themes, and many options for beautiful galleries and slideshows of your work. There’s both a free option,, and the self-hosted software, which is free to use but will require you to pay for hosting (probably around $10/month). This article explains the pros and cons of each service.
As seen on: This blog, Art League member Wendy Sittner’s website, Adam Wilder’s website, and MICA’s photo department.
2. Heavybubble: Unlike WordPress, heavybubble is designed specifically for artists, with easy-to-set up templates for galleries, artist bios, links, and contact form. Options start at $20/month.

As seen on: Gallery Director Rose O’Donnell’s website. Rose: “I liked the ease of setting it up but now find that I need more from them, and they don’t provide things like a link to my Facebook and Twitter pages.”
3. Other People’s Pixels: Another service geared toward artists, OPP promises “the best shameless-self-promotion that money can buy.” Like heavybubble and Fine Art Studio Online (below), it offers a free trial. Plans start at $16/month. OPP’s blog has a Tips & Tricks section with tutorials on things like search engine optimization, protecting images of your artwork, and setting up a “virtual business card” with a mobile site.

As seen on: The microWave project site. Co-founder Allison Nance shared that she loves the service, but the sites don’t work as well on mobile devices.
4. Fine Art Studio Online: FASO includes easy-to-change image collections, events, and built-in visitor statistics. Two features that may make it more attractive are the option to sell artwork through the website, and a way to manage and send email newsletters. The cheapest option, $8/month, allows you up to 25 images; the next step up is $28/month.

As seen on: Art League members Web Bryant‘s and Jill Banks’s new websites. Jill said that while she doesn’t like the idea of using templates and looking too similar to other websites, the service’s ease of use makes it “fantastic.” She said the email newsletters were the main factor in her decision. Web writes that FASO is great for displaying art and for the integrated blogging, but “you need to play with it to not look like all the other templates.”
5. Weebly: Weebly features free hosting as well as an easy drag-and-drop way to build your website.

As seen on: Grayson Heck’s website and Art League instructor Nancy Freeman’s new website. Nancy posts videos, demos, and blog entries there and reports that building it was easy.
6. Others: There are lots more ways to make a website! We sent out a call for feedback on Facebook, and our fans suggested, in addition to the sites above, Sitewelder (seen here), Behance (seen here), JimdoPro (seen here), Yahoo! Small Business (seen here), the artist-focused Big Black Bag (seen here), and more.

For photographers, there are a number of options, like SmugMug and PhotoShelter (used by Art Leaguer Carol Simons Huddleston), both of which offer built-in ways to sell prints. You can see what everyone had to say on Facebook here.


From the above mentioned tools, I have some experience with weekly, and some with WordPress. However I don’t think WordPress is that easy to use, in contrast, I’d better like to write some simple codes in Dreamweaver and try to upload…. So, maybe the option 2 or option 5 since I’m not going to sell projects, but maybe it is useful for other students especially in curator stream.

Things to be done

1. Collecting projects, and revise some of them which I am not quite satisfied when I created them

2. Write artistic statements for them if I haven’t done so.

3. Edit a demo reel to give others an overall idea about what I’ve done and what I am interested in.

4. Try to find a way to link up each single work, make categories

5. Try the tools and stick to one, begin building up the website

6. Think about the user experience, try to be user-friendly

7. Aesthetic: simplism

8. Publish the website