COLORS BRINGS HAPPINESS TO CANTON
From 17 November to 25 December 2012 the Times Museum in Canton, China, will show a selection
of Happiness and other survival techniques, an exhibition by COLORS magazine which had its world
première at the Design Museum in London in April 2012.
Inspired by the magazine’s 83rd edition Happiness, the exhibit is one of the events of The Light
of Independence, 2012 Guangzhou Independent Publication Exhibition and, through photographic
reportage and illustration, it will take the visitor on a quirky tour on plastic smiles, laughter yoga sessions
and electrodes planted in the human brain.
A chance to get young Chinese people more closely involved in the reality of a magazine that has been
talking about "the rest of the world", away from the limelight of media attention, for over twenty years.
With its 83rd issue Happiness, COLORS offers a survival guide to happiness worldwide, investigating
approaches to joy from Korea, to Mexico, to Finland, and grounding them in neuroscience and psychology
to tell you how best to get your endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and norepinephrine – the
chemicals in your brain which are, scientifically speaking, the only things you really enjoy.
Everyone – from the Dalai Lama to joggers in the park – spends most of his life trying to reach happiness.
In their pursuit of it, Americans spend $20 billion a year on self-help and antidepressants.
But wealth alone doesn't seem to work – people in the West are twice as rich as they were 60 years ago,
yet no more satisfied with their lives. And twenty years from now, the World Health Organization predicts
that depression will be the biggest health burden in the world. The question urgently needs answering:
what does make you happy?
The Light of Independence, 2012 Guangzhou Independent Publication Exhibition is an exhibition
exploring the various forms of independent publications and the experimental ways in which artists,
designers and publishers show their special concept in editing, image making and printing.
As part of the Community Art Festival of the Guangzhou Times Museum, the exhibition shows works
from oversea and Greater China, providing an opportunity to know various kinds of independent publications
in their different forms and contexts. Parallel activities, like cross talks, workshops and night screenings
will also take place. Independent artists, designers and publishers will come together to present
their works and discuss about the development and the future of independent publication in China and abroad.
On November 23th at 7:00 p.m. Mauro Bedoni, COLORS’ Photo Editor, and Laurence NG, the founder
of IDN magazine (which publishes the Chinese edition of COLORS), will give an overview of COLORS’
history, focusing on the idea at the base of the magazine: diversity is good.
Happiness and other survival techniques
17 November 2011 - 25 December 2012
Opening: November 17th, 7:00pm
Times Rose Garden
Huang Bian Lei Lu, Bai Yun Da Dao
Closed on Monday