Artifacts: Series on Asian Art

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - Silk: The Thread Connecting East and West

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - Silk: The Thread Connecting East and West
English | 47 minutes | 640 x 352 | DivX | MP3 - 128kbps | 748 MB

Beautiful, smooth, soft, delicate, strong, and precious: silk. This amazing fabric has captivated human imagination for over 2000 years. Throughout history, it has clothed the rich and powerful. But more than this, it has been a form of currency, a tool of diplomacy, a badge of rank, and a fabric of the divine. And silk, above all other treasures, has been the thread connecting East and West. It is an artifact that has truly shaped history. The discovery of silk is said to have taken place in China almost two and a half thousand years ago by the wife of the "yellow emperor", Huang Di. Legend has it that the lady H'si Ling made her discovery when a silk moth cocoon fell from a mulberry tree into her hot tea where it began to unravel. The empress has been revered ever since as "the lady of silk" who taught the Chinese to cultivate mulberry trees and raise silk worms. Her discovery of the secret of silk would profoundly influence the history of China and the world.

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - Soul of the Samurai  Video

Posted by tvsheet at July 31, 2009
ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - Soul of the Samurai

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - Soul of the Samurai
English | 47 minutes | 640 x 352 | DivX | MP3 - 128kbps | 748 MB

Why has the samurai sword always been such a powerful symbol of Japanese culture? Dr. Inazo Nitobe, the man pictured on Japan's 5,000-yen note, tried to answer that question for the world. As a Japanese diplomat at the League of Nations, he was asked by a western colleague how - without religious instruction - the Japanese could teach their children right from wrong. So in the year 1900, Dr. Nitobe wrote a book in English called Bushido - the code of the samurai. He wrote that this warrior code became the credo by which most Japanese lived their lives. And, he wrote, just as the code of the samurai is the soul of Japan, the sword is the soul of the samurai. For Dr. Nitobe, the sword is a work of art that represents the soul of the samurai. But originally the sword was not the samurai's weapon of choice. In the beginning, they fought from horseback, and their skill was with the bow and arrow. So why did the sword, not the bow and arrow, become so important to the samurai and to Japan? To find the answer we must go deep into the history and legends of this ancient land.
ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - The Mystery of Porcelain

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - The Mystery of Porcelain
English | 47 minutes | 640 x 352 | DivX | MP3 - 128kbps | 748 MB

When pieces of Chinese porcelain were first seen in the West, they were so rare and exquisite that they very quickly became more valuable than gold. Why? Because Europeans really had no idea how porcelain was made, and the medieval Italian merchants who first brought porcelain to Europe couldn't believe it was man made. The only thing that they could compare it to was a cowry shell, because a cowry shell has that same exquisite smooth surface as a piece of porcelain. In Italian, a cowry shell is called a "Porcellino" - a little pig - because it kind of looks like a little suckling pig, hence our word 'porcelain'. The Europeans were immediately obsessed with the secret of porcelain manufacture, leading to all kinds of crazy theories: Some thought it was crushed eggshells; others thought it was a special fish paste, which they would leave to ripen in the earth for one hundred years. No wonder it would be centuries before Europeans would even begin to unravel the great mystery of porcelain. It took the Chinese themselves thousands of years to discover the secret of porcelain - the product of a search for perfection which began more than six millennia ago.

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - A Brush with Wisdom  Video

Posted by tvsheet at July 31, 2009
ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - A Brush with Wisdom

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - A Brush with Wisdom
English | 47 minutes | 640 x 352 | DivX | MP3 - 128kbps | 748 MB

How did an Indian Buddhist shrine influence a Japanese pagoda? How are Italian pigs and cowry shells related to porcelain? Why did the ferocious warriors of Mongolia wear silk underwear? And how did wood block printing bring about a revolution in Japan and in European culture? These intriguing questions are investigated in Artifacts, a series that explores the origins and hidden connections among the art and artifacts of the great cultures and belief systems across Asia - on a journey through time and across continents from India to Thailand, China and Japan - to understand the impact of calligraphy, porcelain, architecture, metallurgy, wood block printing and silk on Asian history and on the history of the world in general.

A Brush with Wisdom
When Westerners first discovered Chinese paintings, they could not see their value. They wouldn't even acknowledge them as art. But, as Confucius noted, it is possible to look without seeing. If you learn to see beyond the surface of these paintings, you will discover their real beauty and find the deepest truths of the Chinese philosophies of life. Enter the hidden world of Chinese painting. What makes a Chinese painting so distinctive, so immediately recognizable as Chinese? Is it the subject matter that Chinese artists chose to paint? Is it the different tools and techniques that they used? Or is it how they saw what they were looking at? How do we begin to understand this unique painting tradition which has survived virtually unchanged for so many centuries? Well, in China, they say to understand painting you need to understand calligraphy - the art of writing Chinese characters with a brush.

Prints of the Floating World  Video

Posted by tvsheet at July 31, 2009
Prints of the Floating World

ARTIFACTS: Series on Asian art & history - Prints of the Floating World
English | 47 minutes | 640 x 352 | DivX | MP3 - 128kbps | 748 MB

Today's Japan. Everywhere you look, amazing images fight for your attention. This is the graphic art for which Japan is justly famous. It's an art which has it's roots in one of the most dynamic periods of Japan's past, the age of the woodblock print, or 'Ukiyo-e', an art form whose impact was as revolutionary in Japan as Gutenberg's printed books were in the west. While the paintings of the impressionists Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas are glittering treasures of western culture, their inspiration wasn't western at all. The real source of their new vision was not in France, not even in Europe, but in a country on the other side of the world - Japan! In the bustling capital city of Edo, later to be known as Tokyo, most woodblock prints were things to be admired and then thrown away like comics books or newspapers today. And so discarded prints were sometimes used to pack ceramics for export to America and Europe. This is how Japanese woodblock prints first found their way into the oriental curiosity shops of London and Paris. Initially, they went almost unnoticed among the Asian artifacts flooding into Europe. But when these brightly colored prints were discovered by the art world, exhibitions were quickly organized, and they would rock the foundations of Western Art.

Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by roxul at Nov. 10, 2016
Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making

Michelle Antoinette, Caroline Turner, "Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making"
English | ISBN: 1925021998 | 2014 | 278 pages | PDF | 36 MB
The Art of Artificial Evolution: A Handbook on Evolutionary Art and Music (Natural Computing Series) (Repost)

The Art of Artificial Evolution: A Handbook on Evolutionary Art and Music (Natural Computing Series) by Juan J. Romero
English | 2007 | ISBN: 3540728767 | 460 Pages | PDF | 11 MB

This comprehensive book gives an up-to-date survey of the relevant bioinspired computing research fields – such as evolutionary computation, artificial life

Feng Shui Style: The Asian Art of Gracious Living  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Bayron at Feb. 18, 2014
Feng Shui Style: The Asian Art of Gracious Living

Feng Shui Style: The Asian Art of Gracious Living by Stephen Skinner
English | 2009 | ISBN: 0804840520 | 144 pages | PDF | 36 MB

Feng Shui Style is a striking design book from Stephen Skinner, the man instrumental in focusing Western attention on the ancient art of feng shui.
Adam T. Kessler - Song Blue and White Porcelain on the Silk Road (Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology)

Adam T. Kessler - Song Blue and White Porcelain on the Silk Road (Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology)
Brill Academic Pub (July 2012) | ISBN: 9004218599 | English | Pages: 587 | PDF | 59.52MB

Western scholars of ancient Chinese ceramics have long thought blue and white porcelain manufactured before the Ming (1368-1644 A.D.), dates to the Yuan (1279-1368 A.D.). Even in China today these porcelains are still termed "Yuan Blue and White." Based upon first-hand surveys of sites in Inner Mongolia, Adam T. Kessler s "Song Blue and White Porcelain on the Silk Road" demonstrates that blue and white was made during the Song (960-1279 A.D.) ended up in the hands of the Xi Xia (1038-1226 A.D.) and the Jin (1115-1234 A.D.).

A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture  

Posted by interes at Aug. 14, 2013
A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture

A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture by Rebecca M. Brown and Deborah S. Hutton
English | 2011 | ISBN: 1405185376 | 688 pages | PDF | 9,4 MB

A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture presents a collection of 26 original essays from top scholars in the field that explore and critically examine various aspects of Asian art and architectural history.