Faye Kokolakis, Juan Jose Cruz Martinez (2009), Kuaizi, PorosityC8 eSCAPE Studio, Shanghai

There are a total of 20 places available for 3rd and 4th year COFA and FBE students students at Rare Earth.
Students will be able to enrol in the project as an elective using the following Porosity Studio codes:
Porosity Studio: Undergraduate Code SDES4754 Postgraduate Code SDES9754

This program will offer a number of subsided places to assist with airfares and accommodation during the project.
More information on this soon.

For further details contact:
Ian McArthur ian.mcarthur@unsw.edu.au
Feiying Ren feiying.ren@unsw.edu.au

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What is Rare Earth 创设纪-稀土

RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 is a game-changing research LAB and integrated exhibition project under development by Ian McArthur, Brad Miller and Prof. Richard Goodwin at the College of Fine Art (UNSW) in Sydney in collaboration with Donghua University (Shanghai) and Tsinghua University (Beijing). It is scheduled to happen in September this year 2011 in Shanghai.

In a globalised, interconnected yet schizophrenic world, opportunities for creatives from east and west to collaboratively engage in dialogue and practice that experientially deconstructs cultural difference particularly within art and design education contexts is quite rare, and although online spaces in principle allow and encourage us to inhabit digital space together, there are complex challenges to effective communication that can limit understanding. The College of Fine Art (COFA) at The University of New South Wales has constantly pushed boundaries between creative disciplines and cultures in its engagement with China. In particular Porosity Studio and The Collabor8 Project (C8) have provided art, design and architecture students from COFA, Donghua University, CAFA, Tsinghua, important opportunities to occupy and explore this seemingly elusive common ground in the city and online.

augment_me, Brad Miller, 2010, Interactive Media Platform to be the machine at the core of RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土.

RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 simultaneously, engages and celebrates this vital creative reflexivity by dynamically engaging with the research of Brad Miller and his networked Interactive Media Platform //augment_me// to combine new and retrospective content, generated by undergraduate and postgraduate art and design students during our LAB. The project constructs itself as a series of lectures and intensive ongoing studio/workshops facilitating content development for a dynamic immersive environment drawing on a live database (Flickr) comprised of collaborative interdisciplinary outputs of artists, designers, architects, teachers and learners engaging in an exploration of the city as a plastic entity. RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 is a laboratory where student will explore and test their concepts at the scale of the city and within the interstitial digital space of the network. Through this process RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 participants become more equipped to deconstruct the common misperceptions that hold humans apart. By showing students themselves in otherness they not only share their realities they also realise the fundamental commonalities all humans experience. The outcomes transform perceptions of difference into cultural literacy preparing them to make constructive interventions as creative practitioners in an interconnected world.

The title RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 references extraordinarily powerful permanent Rare-earth magnets as a metaphor pertaining to interconnectedness and otherness and the crucial search for an elusive common ground and shared vision in the face of the global crisis. Approximately 97% of the world's source of rare earth minerals are found in China. Paradoxically, the ecologically damaging process of mining rare earth minerals belies the fact that many "green" technologies depend on them, including wind turbines, low-energy light bulbs and hybrid batteries for cars. Rare earth elements such as terbium, lanthanum and neodymium are present in many manufacturing processes for products used by millions everyday across the planet including electronic components, computers, mobile communications and farm machinery.

The RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 studio LAB will occupy a site at Bridge 8, a creative hub and incubator born out of an re-adapted factory for two weeks with the objective of documenting student responses to a studio brief in the form of an interactive media platform platform. The brief will provide a collection of diverse starting points for encouraging a rigorous and immersive situated response to the city through interaction, intervention and documentation using the city as an laboratory in itself. Returning from street to the liminal zone of the studio to edit, tag and upload your work to the database, over the period of the project you will work in a collaborative open design space where the public and creatives will be encouraged to engage. Bridge 8 II is situated within the dense high-rise architecture of Shanghai but close to arts districts and communities such as Tianzifang. Remnants of low rise housing exist nearby which are either dilapidated or in transition adjacent to early high-rise housing and new commercial high-rise. Ancient Hutong areas are also nearby.

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The RARE EARTH 创设纪-稀土 Open Studio/LAB will be staged at Bridge 8 II, Shanghai

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