As a research professor from the University of São Paulo, Christiane Wagner worked on the research Relations between Music and Visual Arts in the Contemporaneity; Heritage Interpretation: Museum, Culture, and Society, and Art and Education in the Virtual Environment at the Contemporary Art Museum at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC USP).
1. Art and Education in the Virtual Environment
Technique and art have been the main allies of knowledge and science in human activity and the reasons for sociocultural transformations. In this sense, art and education are discussed in their technical, theoretical, didactic, empirical, and contemporary aspects aiming at online teaching-learning. The main argument of this analysis is the access to knowledge through information—art as content. Thus, this analysis in the face of the interactive and visual interface of the virtual environment becomes basilar in the educational context of cultural institutions and museums, beyond the pandemic moment, discerning information from knowledge as a cultural legacy.
2. Everyday Aesthetics: Image, Sound and Rhythm of Global Culture
Beyond the importance of the medium, form, and context from which art takes its characteristics, this research considers the significance of the influence of socio-cultural and market factors upon contemporary art. Actually, there are different forms of visual expression and perceptions toward everyday aesthetics as a result of the media and environment. The images being produced relate to the cultural changes and their time-space significance. Hence, this research is not only about the image itself and its description but rather its effects on culture, in which reciprocity is also involved. For example, a variety of visual narratives are discussed in terms of their visual significance as well as their synchronization with sounds in daily interactions. Accordingly, this study examines digital technologies, motion pictures, visual and sound recordings, broadcasting industries, and their social impacts. This study focuses upon the myriad meanings of art to develop an awareness of their effects on culture and the dynamics of their communication. The focus of the research is on the rhythm of the metropole and its aesthetic, political, and cultural dynamics in constant transformation, in the framework of the relationship between art, architecture, design, moving image, and sound.
Keywords: art, society, representations, mass media, reality, and transformation.
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Further project related to Christiane Wagner’s research at MAC USP
During this pandemic time, a selection of MAC USP’s Artworks was made for the film Amalgam (Amálgama) by the State of São Paulo Dance Group created in partnership with the MAC USP and the São Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra. The film resulted from the dialogue between painting, sculpture, dance, music, and fashion. This is an extraordinary moment for the MAC USP Art Collection.
The artworks’ selection aims to foster artistic languages’ hybridization and reevaluate the MAC USP Art Collection while stimulating the audience to an aesthetic experience in a new way. Christiane Wagner was invited to participate of this artworks selection and the artist selected was Kozo Mio, who is presented to the public with the following essay (Portuguese and English versions):
Kozo Mio, Perspective in Space C (1970) by Christiane Wagner, MAC USP
Among the great exhibitions Kozo Mio held in Japan, we have records of his participation in the Bienal de São Paulo, which consequently had repercussions in New York, as reported by art critic John Canaday in The New York Times, with particular attention to the case of the Guggenheim Museum. Furthermore, he had his solo show organized by Bonino Gallery in New York and Bonino Gallery in Rio de Janeiro. […] Today, we can find Kozo Mio’s works at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP). […] To think about these influences of Western art in Mio’s work is to remember that, besides these well-known interpretations about Perspective in space C, the origin of this primary technique that gives name to his work is not precisely in Japanese culture and art, but in the West, in the Italian Renaissance. “Perspective is the process by which we arrive at proportion, that is to say, at beauty or the perfection of art”—that’s how the Italian architecture historian Giulio Carlo Argan put the ideal of Renaissance architecture. In his essay on the architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), Argan analyzed the church of San Lorenzo as a construction of a succession of imaginary planes seen in perspective from the foreground to the horizon. Argan writes, “Therefore the place is a pure mental abstraction, the precondition for the representation of space…In fact, the plane in Brunelleschi’s architecture is an ‘intersection’ and not a surface; it is the place onto which the various spatial distances are projected, and on which the infinite dimensions of space are reduced to the three dimensions of perspective space […].” It’s in this re-reading, based on the technique of perspective in Brunelleschi’s architecture, that we can relate the sense of perspective in Kozo Mio’s space transferred to a context of dreams, desires, and sublimations in the scenario of mass culture—in which his work refers, in his time and space, to an illusionist aesthetic with traces of pop and op arts.
The full text is available on the MAC USP’s website.
Other Major Projects
Art Style | Art & Culture International Magazine
Christiane Wagner is the founder, editor-in-chief and creative director of Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, an open-access, biannual, and peer-reviewed online magazine that aims to bundle cultural diversity. All values of cultures are shown in their varieties of art. Beyond the importance of the medium, form, and context in which art takes its characteristics, art is considered the significance of socio-cultural, historical, and market influence. This magazine project was started in the early 2014s and was implemented in 2018, with the first issue in March 2019.
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Christiane Wagner is the founder and art director of the Art Style Communication & Editions. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design (2003) with first-class honors and gaining experience, she founded her studio (2003), Art Style Communication & Design (Art Style Communication & Editions, since 2010). While working for Art Style as a designer, she established a magnificent achievement, taking on projects requiring high levels of creativity and technical skills and frequently working under very tight deadlines. Sony, Crompton Corporation, Crossfield (Gessy Lever), Seaquist Valois, Akzo Nobel, and Fiat Group were among her significant clients from 2003 until 2010. Since 2010 she also started to develop editorial projects and has also been responsible for projects focusing on sustainability in urban design and architecture, aiming for solutions in visual communication by working with video, traditional and digital images, drawing, illustration, and photography.
Financial Support for Art Direction, Supervision and Management
Projects for Sony 2003-2010
Advertising projects Casa e Mercado (Home and Market) Magazine, AIWA Events, and business Solutions by Sony;
Environmental projects and show room for WEGA TV;
Environmental projects and show room catalog for WEGA Theatre, show room for New Space Concept with Sony Technology, integrating environment and facilitating communication with Seal videoconference.
Project on Sustainable Industry Agenda 21
National Confederation of Brazilian Industry
World Forum in Johannesburg for the Art Style Communication & Design in partnership with the National Confederation of Brazilian Industry–CNI, ECOM Ecology and Communication, UPET/Information Center, ASCOM/Media Advisory Board in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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