Through form and decorative narrative in chinoiserie we can discuss value and taste, fantasy, replication and stereotyping of images. So too, the darker elements of chinoiserie’s historical routes; identity politics, racism, trade and production values, authorship and the contested territory of exoticism. This project looks to unpick these themes through contemporary art, to shed light on how pervasive Chinese culture, industry and aesthetics are in our everyday lives.

Sinopticon works as a long term project founded by artists Gayle Chong Kwan and Stephanie Douet and curator Eliza Gluckman. Today the project is curated, researched and continually developed by Eliza Gluckman and Lucy Day (Day & Gluckman), a curatorial partnership in collaboration with partners. We look to commission new works, curate exhibitions, respond to the historical and create new dialogues. The blog is run by one of the founding artists, Stephanie Douet.

Couriers of Taste
Following the success of the exhibition, SINOPTICON {Plymouth}, we developed an exhibition for Danson House (Bexley Heritage Trust) in Kent responding to strands of the SINOPTICON project; namely taste, collecting and trade. The house was built on money from sugar plantations as a status symbol and homage to pleasure. The exhibition included works commissioned for SINOPTICON, such as Laura Whites phenomenal 24 plinthed sculptures as well as new commissions and artists: April-October 2013. See Couriers of Taste 



2014 An exciting development phase – we are in discussions for new manifestations in London and abroad
2013 Apr – Oct Couriers of Taste opens at Danson House
2013 Feb Ai WeiWei sunflower seed appeal launched 
2013  Couriers of Taste at Danson House, Bexleyheath, Kent: Apr – Oct
2012  Sinopticon Exhibition - a multi-venue & multi-artist exhibition in Plymouth
2011  Commissioned works by Gayle Chong Kwan, Stephanie Douet, Tsang KinWah, WESSIELING, Ed Pien, Karen Tam, Erika Tan and Laura White
2011 Sep – Nov OCAT Residency, Shenzhen, China – Paula Orrell, curator Plymouth Arts Centre
2011 Jan  Eliza curated the Friday Late at the V&A
2011 Jan/Feb  Residency/Workshop at the Chinese Arts Centre: Gayle Chong Kwan and Stephanie Douet
2010 Oct  Sinopticon events launched with a symposium at London’s V&A Museum, asking what contemporary chinoiserie means in contemporary art.

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