One Minute Art History: Centuries of Artistic Styles Get Packed Into a Short Experimental Animation

From Cao Shu, a new media artist at the Chi­na Acad­e­my of Art, comes an exper­i­men­tal ani­ma­tion called “One Minute Art His­to­ry.” This work has been described as “a fas­ci­nat­ing mon­tage in which cen­turies of artis­tic trends are packed into a sin­gle minute of film. Start­ing in ancient Egypt and con­tin­u­ing into present day, each image in this imag­i­na­tive ani­ma­tion is a fleet­ing visu­al of the past.”

Else­where, the film has been described a bit more con­cep­tu­al­ly:

Art his­to­ry is a long tale which tells us what hap­pened in the past, but can­not tell us where new oppor­tu­ni­ties lie. Wait­ing, like art itself, is an absur­di­ty, some kind of eter­nal behav­iour with no pur­pose and no end­ing.

The run time of “One Minute Art His­to­ry” is, yes, one minute.

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  • Asif Shaikh says:

    Good Work Open­Cul­ture Team!
    I was always fas­ci­nat­ed with the his­toric asso­ci­a­tions of art & it devel­op­ments. But a detailed video would have been a delight to watch.Any ref­er­ences to the same?

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