Chair Person: Stephanie Rothenberg
- Michael Eddy, Elaine Ho & Emi Uemura – HomeShop
- Liu Yan & Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai) – Xindanwei: Workspace, Creative Network and Community
- Defne Ayas – Asymmetries in the Control of Information and Ideas
- Xiaoying Juliette Yuan – Curating New Media Art in China: A Creative Approach from Within
- Sheng Jie (gogoj) – SHAN Studio
“@China, Virtually Speaking” leverages online and virtual platforms to bring together a group of geographically dispersed art and design collectives and individuals throughout China to reflect on the topic of “open source”. In this virtual round table discussion, panelists will address how notions of “open source” are being translated and applied cross-culturally to generate new models of cultural production and social practice within the political and economic boundaries of China. For participants not physically present at the conference, the dialogue will be enabled through a live stream of Skype video and the virtual environment of Second Life.
The art and design collectives invited to participate on this panel are all challenging the limitations of what has become a highly commercialized art market and corporatized creative industry in China through their cultivation of collaborative alternative spaces and unconventional exhibition and discursive platforms. Panelists will discuss how new technologies are being utilized and the ways in which participatory and situational modes of art and design production are being engaged making way for more emergent forms of practice in both rural and urban locations.
Questions the panel will address include: What strategies are cultural producers employing to move beyond the red door of online media censorship? What is the relationship and interfacing of alternative spaces to local and indigenous communities? What is the impact of these alternative spaces and production models on the Chinese art world and creative industries?
Part of the discussion will also include a report back from the 2011 Continental Drift in China that several of the panelists and the Chair will have participated in over the summer. This experimental research-based trip across China co-facilitated by Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost examines the geopolitical transformations of the country through the lens of urbanism/ruralism.
- Stephanie Rothenberg [ISEA2011 provided no biographical information]