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Executing organizer：HU’s ART COMPANY
From the Curator
“Happily Ever After” is not just for fairytales, it is also about the small yearning in each of us about the pursuit of happiness. Storybook characters are always being challenged and going on quests that may lead to the lost of their magical powers; however, in the end, when the treasures are found and truth discovered, each of them always end up living happily ever after. However, the real world is not as innocent as the storybook fantasy world. Human beings are facing different challenges in today’s world, such as the rapid depletion of Earth’s resources, destruction of habitat, climate changes, emotional detachments, and people have consequently realized the need to rediscover “happiness”.
As designers transform into fairytale characters and as banners of virtue and justice are raised high, they are set out to restore the world back to its beautiful order.
A page of this fairytale is being co-written by the “Citizens of the World”, and the story plots are revolved around ideas of “In Praise of Slow”, “Slow Food”, “LOHAS”, and also lending out a helping hand to the ones in need with sustainable not-for-profit efforts. These developments will also incorporate new standards for GDP（Gross Domestic Product, GNP（Gross National Product）and GNH (Gross National Happiness).
With the above in mind, the theme exhibition is based on the theme of “In Bliss”. “Original Bliss”, “More Bliss”, and “Ultimate Bliss” are used to reflect the complex living environment today and to reexamine the relationship between the self and the outer world, and as a further step is taken to explore the ultimate purpose in life and the virtue of true blissfulness, the anticipation is to return to a place of bliss.
“Original Bliss” is about raising awareness for a sustainable planet, and only by returning to the original natural state, would the sense of bliss be carried on eternally. “More Bliss” is comprised of “Re-design”, “Red-design”, and “Re-new” to encourage introspection and further contemplation, and the final concept of “Re-connect” is intended to spur a reconnection between people and objects; people and people; and also people and society, nation, and nature.
“From the Heart” is based on the concept that everything is caused by the thought. At the exhibition’s finale, “Ultimate Bliss”, which is based on Eastern philosophies, offers the audience a space to mediate and to contemplate about one’s own definition and choices pertaining to the state of blissfulness.
In order to present a comprehensive context for the exhibition and to correspond with global trends, the presenter of the event plans on inviting renowned international and domestic designers to interact with each other during “In Bliss”. With 21st century’s diverse design elements and concepts, the objective is to present design approaches that are based on people and are with good intentions (safety, usability, green, humanity). Let’s stride forward together to a beautiful life in the future.