ERIC RANDALL MARKUS
TIMOTHY JAMES BERGERON
XIAN MARIE AZU-BOLES
Curiosity is crucial to human beings. Our innate curiosity is the result of natural selection. It is the source of innovation and excitement, solutions for adversity, and the end to ignorance, stereotype, and prejudice. Being curious motivates us to explore the unknown, which leads us to become better individuals and form a healthier society. It might not be easy to find the answer to what we are curious about, but actively exploring will always bring us a step closer to it. My body of work will investigate ways to encourage curiosity, specifically for Chinese culture, for active learning, and facilitate positive attitudes towards what we don’t know.
By engaging surprise, introducing alien aspects about Chinese culture, posing questions, and eliminating rules for viewing, I encourage audiences to be active towards curiosity, keep an open mind, embrace difference, not take for granted, and pose questions with confidence. The exhibition will employ viewer’s curiosity as an exploration tool for aspects of Chinese culture that many people are unfamiliar with, presented in forms with familiarity, as a way to intrigue viewers’ curiosity. The show is a starting point to facilitate curiosity and potentially fight active ignorance.