One of the topics that artist Shen Pei brought to the dialogue was the misconception that "traditional" art is static, when of course culture, people and societies are never static, so why should art be seen this way?
She and other artists talked of feeling confined to expectations to create "traditional" art. She instead proposed the notion of an "arts tradition," creating art with philosophy/values/vision informed by cultural heritage, but without constraints of form.
Thanks for the post , Juliana and Alicia. I do believe art is never a static form. It should constantly reflect what is happening in culture and society we live in. I agree with Shen Pei, that artists could carry a traditional connection yet not get confined in that rigid frame work. This reminds me what is happening in Japanese traditional theater now. Young generations of Kyogen performers are acitively blending thier traditional techniques and contemporary stories/flavors. As a result, many audiences of young generation started to go to theatre more often to see Kyogen, which used to be dominated by senior audiences.