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    • Harvard Association forUS-China RelationsSecond annual symposium: ‘The art of representing China’Trevor H. SimonInvitational lecture: ‘Becoming un-Executed’3rd April 2010_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ABSTRACT: Sociological interpretations of selected Chinese & American modern and contemporary art and theirspiritual utility for the self and societyMaking use of selected Chinese and American modern and contemporary art imagery, Mr Simon will suggest a number ofcomparative interpretations to draw a deeply personal narrative, and will correlate these images with economic, financialand sociological data to posit spiritual linkages between art, finance and the self. Attention will be given to the real worldrelevance of selected imagery as it relates to the healthiness of a society, the conduct of the individual and the implicationsfor the state of trust and fear within the self. It is hoped that this early stage work will enliven the wider debate as to therelevance of art imagery, the risks inherent in any copycatting of American norms in a Chinese context, and the leadershipopportunities arising._____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    • Speaker bio Trevor H. Simon Mr Simon is an art investor and fund of hedge funds manager with an investment banking background. Prior to hedge funds, Mr Simon was involved in private investment as arranger, adviser &/or as joint or sole principal in a range of sectors including media, financial services, leisure, alternatives, ports, and art & collectibles. Prior to private investment, to 2001 Mr Simon was Director and Global Head of Strategy for the equities division of Deutsche Bank, and previously was Head of Client Strategy at Société Générale responsible for the equities platform. Prior to strategy roles Mr Simon worked for SG-Crosby in Asian institutional sales and as a researcher at the World Markets Research Centre focusing on the Gulf region. In addition to his commercial activities, since the mid 1990’s, Mr Simon has assembled and advised on a dual collection of Chinese and American modern and contemporary art around a range of principal themes looking primarily at the spiritual relationship between art and finance. The Simon and BTC collections of acquired and reserved works include: (Chinese) Zhang Xiaogang, Cai Quo Jiang, Yue Minjun, Wang Guanyi, Li Chen, Chen Yu, Zhang Lin Hai, Fang Lijun, Tang Zhi Gang, Fang Zheng, Guo Jin, Liu Ye, Feng Zhen Jie and Li Shan; (American) Chuck Close, James Rosenquist, Marylyn Dintenfass, Wolf Kahn, Andy Warhol, Richard Tuttle, Paul Wonner, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, John Marin, Alfred Maurer, Georgia O’Keefe and Arthur Dove. A number of works are indicated for gifting to European and US museums, and a separate sale program has set multiple world records for various artists. Mr Simon has an undergraduate degree in Management and Systems Science from City University and has been invited as a Guest Lecturer to LBS, NYU-Stern, Shanghai, Wharton and Harvard universities on art investment and strategy.2 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future3 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Bigger is not better: over-messaging pollutes the soul Source: National Grid, The Big Poster Company4 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future5 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Red capitalism: better service? better society? how?Comparative equity-execution service paradigms symbolise the seeming difference in comparativeapproaches to financial & societal organisation One size fits all Differentiated offering HIGH Revenue MED per trade LOW LOW MED HIGH Volume of trades6 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Commonality: a platform for collectivism or individualism?Who am I really? How can I be heard? Or noticed? Sui Jianguo, Mao Jacket, 2008 Rene Magritte, The Son of Man, 19647 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future8 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Victim no more: happiness over success – be yourselfTrauma and recovery exists at the level of the State not just the individual • Trauma Is China • Shame codependent • Maladaption ? • Control • Denial Is America in • Low self esteem denial • Dysfunctional coping ? • Betrayal bond • Addictive behaviour • False G-d’s Are both • Reaching bottom recovering • Recovery from trauma • Search for identity ? • Spiritual opening9 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future10 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Shaky foundations Savings collapse Addiction treatment leaps Mental illness ‘grows’ U.S. personal savings rates, % U.S. treatment centres, # DSM codes, #11Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis | Monday 18 January 2010 Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis Source: US Drug and Alcohol Service Information
    • Save me! Nobody to catch me... ...and will they be able to hold me? Psychiatric resources Comparative obesity rate, BMI >30%12Source: World Health Organisation, Mental Health Atlas, 2005 | Monday 18 January 2010 Source: World Health Organisation
    • Live and let live – execution no more Suicide – an esteem issue - comfort-eating shows poor esteem Rate per 100,00 population US v China ratio of daily sugar consumer per person13Source: WHO | Monday 18 January 2010 Source: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
    • Pity the childrenIncome vs child well being for developed countries, 2009 Higher UNICEF index of child well-being Lower National income per person ($)14Source: The January 2010 | Monday 18 Children’s Society ‘Good Childhood’ report, 2009
    • Keep dreamingYes you can! - but its difficult Higher Intergenerational income persistence - How far parents income predicts their children’s Lower Child poverty rate15 | Source: The Children’s Society ‘Good Childhood’ report, 2009 Monday 18 January 2010
    • Tempers fray: TV and comity don’t go togetherBehaviours per degree of agreement that: “...TV is my primary form of entertainment” Worked on a community project Gave the finger to another driver Average nos of occurences16Source: Bowling Alone, Prof Robert Putnam, Simon & Schuster, 2000 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Dreaming difficulties: intense denialThose aged 12+ needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug or alcohol use: 2006 Source: IPRS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive National Survey 200617 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Shaky foundationsU.S. private debt Source: U.S. Federal Reserve18 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Shaky foundations Who runs this place? Identity tsunami US financial-industry debt as a % of GDP % of US labour force unemployed for more than 6months Source: U.S. Federal Reserve Source: The Atlantic magazine19 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • In God We (don’t) Trust Failure of trust Cumulative U.S. Tort costs and GDP growth,1950 - 2009 Percentage change Source: Towers Perrin, Tort industry study, 201020 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Are we having fun yet?21 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future22 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • A bridge to a new God Joseph Stella, Study for Brooklyn Bridge, 1922 Chartes Cathedral, France, various images23 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • New templesHeight development of the worlds tallest buildings historically24 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Too much choice, not enough leadershipx Andreas Gursky, 99 cent, 199925 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • False God as comfortThe diefication of consumption Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I shop therefore I am),198726 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Temptation masters man Jenny Holzer, Survival Series, 198527 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future28 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • In Mao we trust.. (he knows better)“Advance victoriously while following Chairman Mao’s revolutionary line in arts and literature” Official poster, Chinese Communist Party poster, 196829 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • In Mao we trust... (he lives longer)“Respectfully wish Chairman Mao eternal life!” Official poster, Chinese Communist Party poster, 196830 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • In Mao we trust... (he is greater)“Forging ahead courageously while following the great leader Chairman Mao” Official poster, Chinese Communist Party poster, 196931 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Mao as replacement deity Guo Brothers, Execution of Christ, 200932 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Everywhere Zhang Hongtu, Front Door, 198533 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Everywhere Zhang Hongtu, Ping Pong Mao, 199534 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • …but ruling is not a game Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Tang Zhi Gang, Children In a Meeting, 2002 Zhang Hongtu, Chairman Mao ‘3, 198935 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future36 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Embedded rageAvoided shame maladapts into resentment expressed as rage (or repressed leads to addiction) Guangyi, Second set, 198537 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Evidence of decay Zeng Fanzhi, Meat series, 1992 Liu Wei, Who Am I, 200038 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Implosion of personality – dissolution of self Francis Bacon, Self Portrait, 1973 Yang Shaobin, Fighting no20, 199939 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Dissociation complete Zeng Fanzhi, Mask Series no 9, 200140 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future41 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • The shot that kept on going Xiao Lu and Tang Song, Dialogue, 198542 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Trauma break, questioning, out of denial Luo Zhongli, Father, 198043 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Out of denial, denial of false identity Luo Zhongli, Father (detail),1980 Luo Zhongli, Father, 198044 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Reflation post-trauma: coming back to life Chen Yu, no 13, 2002 Chen Yu, no 17, 2002 Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, 151145 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Made in China: external identification Zhang Hongtu, Mao_291, 200346 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Western sources of differentiation Wang Guangyi, Political Pop, 1993 Ai Wei Wei, dynastic vase, 200547 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Consumerism: desolation, a spiritual desert Elmgreen and Dragset, Prada Marfa, 200548 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • False pride and super size (insecurity) Marsden Hartley, Finnish-Yankee Wrestler, 1916 Zhang Huan, My New York, 200549 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • China takes in consumerism Sothebys, file photography, 198650 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Un-trustworthy GodThe U.S. needing verbiage to stamp on its Civil War coins, chose nothing less ethereal than "God.“China, the whole of China, grudgingly gave Mao the key to its freedom, its spirit, and its life force. Xiu Mei, In Mao We Trusted, 200651 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Of little substance ZEVS Visual Attack (various) 2006 - 200952 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Consumerism kills Cao Fei, xxx, xxx Jenny Holzer, Rib Cage, 200253 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Glascine, flat-line, barely living… Zhang Xiaogang, Bloodline: The Big Family no 3, 199954 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Comfortable as un-comfortable…Searching for a new identity – classic trauma response Weng Fen, Health / Fashion / White Collar, 200055 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Not as intended…Produce but love, still Xu Yong, Solution Scheme D1 and D2, 200756 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Chose house, not office U.S. women work because they must Women as % of all women, 1975-1999 Work full-time for financial reasons Work full-time for personal satisfaction57Source: Bowling Alone, Prof Robert Putnam, Simon & Schuster, 2000 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • In sickness (but not in success…) Three times more? PRC divorce, %* 280% Divorce as a % of marriages increase in 2005 in the US was 46% Feng Zheng Jie, Untitled, 2003 Note: Marriage rate in the period stayed roughly constant with a 14.4% peak-trough and 6.4% maximum mean variance58 | Monday 18 January 2010 Bureau of Statistics Source: PRC National
    • Alienation of the individual: controlled, powerless Yang Jing, Lucky Fortune, 2004 Coca Cola Inc, Love It Light campaign, 201059 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Personality fragmentationRe-integration vital.. mutual trauma in American and Chinese society Zeng Fanzhi, We n:2, 2002 Chuck Close, Self Portrait, 198660 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Not really long life…Butterfly effect61 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Lofty ideals, ignoble realitiesOnly human… Artus, Dude, 2007 Artus, Bitch, 200762 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Use the past in the present (still broken…) Yang Jing, Gong Fu, 2006 Yang Jing, Fu Lu Shou, 200663 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Walled inDefence as prison Zhang Lin Hai, untitled, 200164 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Alienation of the individual: developed to deathCao Fei, Diversionist, 2004 Cao Fei, City-watcher, 200465 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Dissidence - guerrilla power“I have to speak for people who are afraid!” Ai Weiwei, White House, 1999 Ai Weiwei, Tiananmen, 200066 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Nuclear (bomb) familyWho lives where?67 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Nuclear (bomb) family68 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • The good life? Tempers are beginning to fray Number of court determined economic disputes in China, million 29x increase69 Source: PRC National Bureau of Statistics | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future70 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Shame accepted, the betrayal bond finally breaks Guo Brothers, Mao’s Guilt, 200871 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Questioning values Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han dynasty vase, 200672 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Integration of old with new Shao Fan, King, chair, 1996 Xu Bing, Art For The People 199973 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Then and now… back to wholenessFrom glascine to glowing Codependent no more: what a difference Recovery can make…74 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future75 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • History of humiliation…76 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Integration of art and self HIGH BROKEN RECKLESS Amount of risk taking FEARFUL SERENE LOW Marylyn Dintenfass LOW HIGH GOOD & FRUITY Degree of 2009 trust Risk Trust77 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Trauma and recoveryNever forget national humiliation, rejuvenate China! Gaining glory Civilisation Barbarism HONOUR SHAME External Internal Processing humilliation78 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • World’s collide:Ah Xian value summary East West Symbolised by Buddha on a lotus Symbolised by Jesus on a cross Rule by man Rule by law Centralised imperial power Democracy / civil rights Intuition / meditation Intellect / analysis Self restraint Venting Nothingness Success / riches Conform to nature Analyse nature Acupuncture Surgical operation Passive ActiveSource: ‘Breakout’, Melissa Chiu, Asia Society, 200679 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Restoration (never enough…) Identity Security Olympic Opening Ceremony, Beijing, 200880 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Remedies (1) …leadership of, by, self Art screams for leadership of self Chinese identity must deliver what America has not Responsibility rather than indulgence Take proper place on world stage Shame is to be digested not avoided Harmony of self (not society) cures society81 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Remedies (2) …nurturance, acceptance Respect art, dwell on it, let it work on you Have a disconnection day Let go of shame: past as platform, not prison De-programme from mass culture Enjoy your century Rise in harmony with society and self82 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Remedies (3) …responsibility Target emotional poverty, not just financial Target message pollution, not just environmental Create community credits, not just carbon ones Send top 3 fears to Google for emotion mapping Stand up, take your place “There is more to life than increasing its speed” (Gandhi)83 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Introduction Story of Execution and execution Paradigm of trauma and recovery Societal trauma Wrong God? - America Wrong God? – China Broken People Realisation and coping Recovery attempts Integration The future84 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Shark infested watersGlobal sales of Chinese art at auction Source: artnet85 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • The next art wave China’s ownership of iconic America Symbolic hegemony Fund being structured on 30 years work Change in ownership, not culture Institutional product Iconic warfare – harmonious but decisive rising86 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Now what…? Kuhnian / BTC Trauma Sail America to China Art Recovery Finance Own the top slice $350m novel structure87 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Nothing to fear China America Empowered88 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • The future of Chinese identityKnow thyself You89 | Monday 18 January 2010
    • Harvard Association forUS-China Relations ______________________________________________ THANK YOU ______________________________________________Second annual symposium: ‘The art of representing China’Invitational lecture: ‘Becoming un-Executed’Trevor H. Simon3rd April 2010