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Post  Robert Steven on Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:36 pm

The Multimedia Bonsai Presentation concept has presented the beauty of 4th dimension of bonsai art. This was a creative break through to the glass ceiling effect in bonsai art that had successfully raised bonsai to a higher level, specifically in the exhibition presentation.

Multimedia is a common term in many art forms, but for the first time it was presented in bonsai art; and the Multimedia concept had presented the beauty of 4th dimension in bonsai art during the exhibition of International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 18th – 21st 2014. This was a creative break through to the glass ceiling effect in bonsai art that had successfully raised bonsai to a higher level, specifically in the exhibition presentation.

Multimedia Bonsai Presentation is a concept of collaboration of different art forms in the presentation of bonsai art. It is not merely a static bonsai display but a dynamic presentation that create an interactive communication between the bonsai and the viewers, and both are objects and being subjects at the same time; and they get involved at in one place in real time. It is a presentation, an expression, an atmosphere, a nuance, a moment that cannot be separated but to experience in real time in entire emotional involvement. It is what we call the presence of the 4th dimension.
The bonsai presentation at IBA&CB 2014 was not only the three spatial dimensions of the bonsai as an object with common display as we always see, but there was additional dimension of time and other elements that explain to specify completely the atmosphere of the event, the perception (consciousness), feeling (sensation), nuance and imagination; not only to see, but also to feel, to listen and to sense. It was a meeting point of multi-aspect and multimedia, it was a new experience, a stage of mind in bonsai art.

In this concept, bonsai is still the main object, but the individual object does not stand alone partially or separately, but all are configured in integration through different bridging elements. There were trees, grasses, sands, water, smoke, fragrant, sculptures, carving, painting, installation, theatrical dance, sounds, music and other different elements; and each has different shapes, forms, lines, textures and characters, but all were integrated in multi-dimensional rhythm, flow and intonation of harmony.

The bonsai were no more separated entities, but melting in the exhibition hall as a medium together with other elements involved in real time; including the layout flow of rooms and spaces, the wall, the partitions, the columns, pillars etc. If there was a single bonsai lying on the floor without accentuation, it was not a wild tone jumping out from the rhythm, but could be a bridging beat that linked to the next. Even the dropping leaves on the floor was not an accident, it was the emphasizing element to the theme; the spreading sands was another dimensional accentuation to the composition rather than simply a boundary function between the bonsai and the viewers, it was an effective communicating element to bridge the bonsai and the viewers without distance. The combination of sculptures, carving, wires, clothes, containers, pedestals, accent-plants, accessories, were all playing synergic roles of their own flow and movement in multi dimensions. Even the sound, lighting and fragrant had presented the mysterious, magical and contemplating atmosphere. And this entire collaboration with the involvement of the viewers created the sensational beauty of the 4th dimension.

In the oriental way of appreciation to arts, there are three important aspects that an art form should comply, e.g. 真 (zhen), 善 (shan), 美 (mei). Zhen refers to originality, truth and honesty of the creation. It can be wrong, less beautiful or imperfect, but should be honest in art. Shan refers friendly, good, beneficial, valuable, functional and inspiring to others. Without positive impact to others, it is not a good artistic creation. Mei refers to beauty, no matter what the implicit message is of an artistic creation, it should be aesthetically beautiful and give comfortable sense to the viewers.

IBA&CB 2014 had provided the key to open the door to new perspective, had started the basic implementation of Multimedia Bonsai Presentation concept and apply the zhen-shan-mei. But since this was the first time, with the limitation of resources and time, the over enthusiastic in numbers of bonsai, so there were many details not well refined, some bridging elements did not function ideally, some flows were not well connected especially between the indoors and outdoors presentation. There are rooms to improve, there are more to find to collaborate and there are details to be refined. So let’s continue to explore and develop the concept so that the 4th dimension of bonsai art can provide better accommodation to the creative artists to express their selves, and give a new experience of sensation and fun to the bonsai world.






































































































....... to be continued........


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Post  Robert Steven on Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:16 pm

The video clip of IBA&CB 2014....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB7k0mjoSoo

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:23 pm

Sifu,

as usual exceptional trees!!

But the multi bit was called, Performance Art back in the late 70's to 80's.

I hope you don't lose your audience to your trees from too much info [ overload.]
Thanks for taking the time to post.
Will look at the Youtube later.
Laters.
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Post  DougB on Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:49 pm

Wonder if the US bonsai shows would ever embrace such a show.


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Post  dick benbow on Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:02 pm

I think what initially impressed me was that each tree was given space for individuality. Not the usual all on the same presentation table, tree after tree, in boring succession. I'm sure the show was not for everyone but it's fresh new approach had my attention.
Thanks for sharing....Smile

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Post  Robert Steven on Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:09 pm

Thanks for the comments. But IBA&CB 2014 was not an exhibition that can be enjoyed through photos that only show a 2-D object from certain angle...where sometimes everything looks mixing together. As described..it was an experience in real time in real presence. We were presenting 4-D....although still many things to improve within the aesthetic path...

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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:38 am






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Post  kauaibonsai on Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:31 am

hi robert

are the last 2 from rudi julianto?

best wishes, sam

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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:49 am

No Sam, they are from Bali, I don't have the names of the owners...

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Post  fiona on Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:20 pm

DougB wrote:Wonder if the US bonsai shows would ever embrace such a show.


Actually, I'd have to say that some of the exhibits I've seen posted on here from Arthur J's North Carolina Expo have been heading in that direction.

I like the artistry in this exhibition and it has the twist of the unexpected about it. I would worry that it has a bit too much "action" going on. The exhibits are fairly busy, and there seemed little scope for quiet meditation. SOmetimes, for me (stress on the me bit) the trees were getting lost in the overall exhibit - which I am happy to accept may just have been photo angles etc.

That is not a criticism, btw. I would most certainly pay to see something like this in the UK.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:19 pm

fiona wrote:
DougB wrote:Wonder if the US bonsai shows would ever embrace such a show.


Actually, I'd have to say that some of the exhibits I've seen posted on here from Arthur J's North Carolina Expo have been heading in that direction.  


from what i have personally seen, while arthur certainly can be non-traditional (in the oriental sense), some of this may be a bit too avante garde for arthur's tastes as he leans toward the naturalistic in both his trees and displays (though i would not presume to speak for him)...

but apart from that, i can see many north americans (my-self included) embracing this type of free-form display as it breaks from a tradition that earlier practitioners have adopted (despite having no direct cultural reference point) and that some of us are attempting to shed...

in short, i think this type of display is dy-no-MITE !!! cherry

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Post  fiona on Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:05 pm

beer city snake wrote:
from what i have personally seen, while arthur certainly can be non-traditional (in the oriental sense), some of this may be a bit too avante garde for arthur's tastes as he leans toward the naturalistic in both his trees and displays (though i would not presume to speak for him)...

I wasn't so much meaning Arthur himself as some of the people who have exhibited at the Carolina Expo, including our own John Geanangel and Ken Duncan who have been known to push a few boundaries.


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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:26 pm

sorry - didnt mean to misinterpret...

john gee- Beaurangel is one of the guys i was hoping to meet when i visited a month ago, but he lives in a different carolina Rolling Eyes Embarassed

hopefully he will be at the expo next year.

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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:21 pm






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Post  John Quinn on Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:21 am

I love it! Exceptionally imaginative and effective. Arthur Joura has, for years, displayed some of the Arboretum's collection against a backdrop of art that he has produced for each piece. I think he'd find much of this very interesting.

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Post  Sorcertree on Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:35 am

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Post  hungbonsai on Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:56 am

wonderful!

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:24 pm

Brilliant! I chuckled when I saw "Norman Rockwell" ... May I presume that the young man, covered in wire, danced in the milieu?

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Post  Wonderkeeper on Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:51 am

I love the idea and hope it will be more show like this in the future.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:49 pm

Fiona wrote:I like the artistry in this exhibition and it has the twist of the unexpected about it. I would worry that it has a bit too much "action" going on. The exhibits are fairly busy, and there seemed little scope for quiet meditation. SOmetimes, for me (stress on the me bit) the trees were getting lost in the overall exhibit - which I am happy to accept may just have been photo angles etc.

I'm all in favor of the multimedia approach, but Fiona is right -- some of these are too filled up with "stuff for stuff's sake."

That's the way, though, when new methods of any kind are being developed. Someone has a good concept, and then as it is encouraged and developed, a few take it a step or two too far; then the next time and the next, there are adjustments, until they get it right.

And, of course, the "too far" may become more acceptable as time passes.

A very fun show.

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Post  jgeanangel on Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:03 pm

Robert...I am late to the party but I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your show. The creativity and imagination are just off the scale!! I cannot imagine how long it took to put together all of these displays! Looks like a very nice venue as well. I also love the notion of the black scissors group:) Absolutely great work!!!! I truly hope it has the desired affect!

John

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:39 pm

i really dig most all of it, but this one bothered me enough that i wanted to comment on it...



i love the wind blown pin-up girl as everything about her supports the wind through the tree...
(even the direction of her eyes !)

but then the decidedly un-wind-blown ballerina puts the kibosh on all that movement...
it is like a stop sign at the end of a drag-strip, where the dragster should coast to a finish rather than stop abruptly.

that seems like "stuff for the sake of stuff"

just my opinion.

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