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China Daily: Designing a new relationship

作者:Xing Wen 时间:2018-12-26


The final of the first art-and-design competition held by the Sino-Polish University Consortium kicks off in Beijing, attracting participants from China, Poland, Ukraine, South Korea and Estonia on Dec 7.[Photo provided to China Daily]

At a recent exhibition at the Beijing University of Technology, 21-year-old Polish student Oskar Czajkowsk introduced his graphic design work, the pattern of which, seen from a distance, looks like two interlocking and opposing Cs. The work, on closer inspection, appears less symmetrical as the upper ends of the Cs differ from each other in shape-one looks like the beak of a raptor and the other, the head of a dragon.

"The white-tailed eagle in the Polish emblem is regarded as the symbol of our country. And I learned that the Chinese usually identify themselves as 'the descendants of the dragon'," says Czajkowsk, who studies at the Poznan University of Technology.

"I portrayed the intertwining eagle and dragon to represent the close relationship between the two countries."

His work was in the running to be chosen as the logo for the Sino-Polish University Consortium Under the Belt and Road Initiative, which was founded in March 2017. It won the second prize in the first art-and-design competition held by the consortium.

The exhibition displays some 200 of the winning designs out of the 900 works in the competition.

The consortium comprises 15 Chinese universities, including BJUT, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Chongqing University, as well as 12 universities from Poland, such as the Opole University of Technology and the Poznan University of Technology.


Representatives and participants from Polish universities learn Chinese calligraphy and make shadow puppets at workshops run by Beijing University of Technology.[Photo by Xing Wen/China Daily]

The consortium aims to facilitate cooperation in higher education between the two countries and create a bond by organizing various activities, such as the exhibition.

This time, the competition attracted participants from 31 universities and institutes in China, Poland, Ukraine, South Korea and Estonia with nearly 900 entries covering logo design, crafts, painting, photography, costume design and digital media.

Entries were required to show either the history, culture, art or technology of China or of the participants' countries.

Chen Lizhong, a postgraduate student from BJUT's school of art and design, prepared for the competition for many months. He was not only a contestant but also among the designers of the brochure, the main illustration and the cloth bags used in the event.


Representatives and participants from Polish universities learn Chinese calligraphy and make shadow puppets at workshops run by Beijing University of Technology.[Photo by Xing Wen/China Daily]

"The national flags of China and Poland feature the color red. So we used red in the main illustration. We wanted all the visual elements of the event to show the characteristics of both countries," says the 26-year-old, adding that he had to learn about Polish culture.

Chen's schoolmate, 23-year-old Song Peng, was familiar with Polish arts and crafts as her teacher had once suggested that she design tableware based on the culture of the European country.

Song then used the stylistic pattern on Polish pottery as the inspiration of her design.

She says: "I tried to distill the cultural messages into a representative image of Polish culture and then made a series of products embodying the core images."

For this competition, she created jewelry based on images related to a poem in the Chinese classic, The Book of Songs, and won a prize.

Wu Bin, vice-president of BJUT, says an art and design competition is more inclusive than an academic event, as it allows students from various educational backgrounds to join in and broaden their horizons.

Besides, Wu says: "I hope that through promoting mutual learning and understanding between BJUT and Polish universities, our art-and-design discipline could be further developed and meet international standards.

"Next year, we will take the competition to Poland."

Wojciech Zajaczkowski, the Polish ambassador to China, who attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition, supports the idea. And he hopes that the competition will become a source of inspiration for students from both countries.

Speaking about the contestants, Wu Xing, deputy director of BJUT's school of art and design, says most of the contestants were from engineering universities whose strengths are not in art and design, but it was a good chance for them to improve these abilities.

"The contest also helped to inspire the students to develop their artistic skills and promote interdisciplinary studies."


Nearly 70 students from 13 universities have been awarded in the art-and-design competition held by the Sino-Polish University Consortium in Beijing.[Photo provided to China Daily]

He adds that schools of art and design in engineering universities will only stand out when they find ways to learn from such majors as mechanical engineering and software.

Meanwhile, BJUT is running workshops on Chinese painting and calligraphy, traditional tie-dyeing techniques and shadow plays for visiting Polish students after the competition.

Polish student Dorota Wozniak says she found similarities between the two cultures.

"We both have exquisite porcelain and traditional paper craftwork," she says.

"But there are more cultural similarities for me to discover. A single trip is not enough."

 China Daily 2018年12月26日: