How can the CCAA be understood as a research tool?
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Well, firstly I think it is important to point out what we mean with a "tool" for research. A tool implies that the CCAA can be used for broader research in the field, a way to understand how Chinese contemporary art is developing also outside the sphere of action of the CCAA. For this reason, I think that before being a tool of research, the CCAA (particularly as case study for this course) is an object of research.
As an object of research, the CCAA is analysed in its scopes and connections, through the actions of its creator and collaborators. This is paramount in understanding how promoters of Chinese contemporary art in general connected to the CCAA (either privately through personal acquaintance or publicly through participations in the events organized by the Award's board members). It would be likewise interesting to analyse how other promoters interacted with the CCAA for their own events, galleries and awards, to understand what they took as inspiration from the CCAA or what they changed in order to present Chinese contemporary art in a new light. Did the CCAA set a new trend that has been followed by many other? From what we saw, I think it indeed has. But only analysing the CCAA as an object of research, as we are rightfully doing it, is it possible to use it later as a tool to research Chinese contemporary art more broadly.
Entrance of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 798 Art District, Beijing.