Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences

Subjectivity in Gao Xingjian’s Paintings

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 9-1016
  • Lecturer: Professor Kwok-kan Tam, Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities and Head of the International Ibsen Committee at the University of Oslo
  • Organiser: Forum för kinastudier
  • Contact person: Joakim Enwall
  • Phone: 0703376606
  • Föreläsning

In this lecture, Gao’s paintings will be examined alongside his novels in an attempt to probe the inner depths of the mind.

Gao Xingjian is noted for his use of a new language in fiction and dramatic writings, which explores the multiplicity of the self. This new language of literary writing has been characterized by Gao as “stream of language,” in which the speaker moves in his narration from one subject position to another among “I, me, you, he, and she,” and beyond to the meta-narrative. Such narrative positions mirror the speaker’s selves in their attempts to reach the state of “chaos” in the soul. In the same vein, Gao explores the use of flowing perspectives in his paintings. The objects in his paintings are not only mirror images of the multiple selves, but also impressions, dream unknowns, mental hollows, and inner psychical depths. In this lecture, Gao’s paintings will be examined alongside his novels in an attempt to probe the inner depths of the mind.