On November 23rd, “2019 Bringing Media Arts into Campus ” and the launch of the recruitment of delegates and volunteers for the 2020 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads was held at the School of Design in Hunan University. More than one hundred media arts enthusiasts from Hunan University, Central South University, Hunan Normal University and others gathered to learn from and communicate with experts of new media arts at home and abroad.
With the theme of “When Media Arts Meets Youth”, this activity included the photography exhibition “Changsha: Creative City of Media Arts”, the exhibition of media arts installations, the competition of “The Most Creative Club for Media Arts”, and invited Portuguese artist José Drummond and Argentina artist Raul Pardeilhan to share their opinions about media arts. A postbox was also set in the exhibition hall for the students who want to be delegates and volunteers during the 2020 IYF to send their resumes.
In order to allow media art enthusiasts from universities to actively participate in the competition of “The Most Creative Club for Media Arts”, Media Arts Center of Changsha sent out an open call for creative clubs in universities in advance, and collected more than twenty applications for the competition. After that, four excellent clubs were selected to participate in the on-site competition. After the presentation given by the four clubs and the grading of the reviewers, witnessed by more than a hundred audiences at the scene, the Microsoft Club of Hunan University stood out and was awarded “The Most Creative Club for Media Arts” for this event. Media Arts Center of Changsha provided 10,000 yuan (US$1420.47) to support the club for their future creation of media arts works.
Changsha is the only City of Media Arts in China in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It has held Changsha Media Arts Festival and International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads for three consecutive years. Qi Xiaoxuan, a student in Central South University, participated in the 2019 Changsha Media Arts Festival and International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads as a youth delegate. During the event, she hosted creative workshops and discussed issues related to media arts and the innovation and protection of cultural heritage with youth delegates from various countries. Qi Xiaoxuan said that communication brought friendship and enhanced wisdom, and hoped that more friends could participate in the construction of City of Media Arts as youth delegates or volunteers of the forum.
An official from the Publicity Department of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee hoped that through this event, the atmosphere of media arts in Changsha would be further enhanced, the art and cultural atmosphere in campus would be strengthened, and the recruitment work of the delegates and volunteers of 2020 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads (Changsha District) would be successful.
This event was directed by Publicity Department of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee, hosted by Media Arts Center of Changsha and Information Center of Changsha, and organized by Changsha Cultural Creativity Industry Association (Department of Media Arts).