Panel: @China, Virtually Speaking: A Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Emergent Practices in China
Working as an independent curator is a challenge in any country, yet in China, where institutions are government run and private galleries charge huge exhibition fees the stakes are even higher. Figure in the cost of exhibition materials and equipment needs for new media art and the prospects are even bleaker. Xiaoying Juliette Yuan, who has been curating new media art in China since 2004, will discuss the challenges and creative solutions for working as an independent curator in China.
- Xiaoying Juliette Yuan, independent curator / researcher in Media Arts, currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Xiaoying considers Media Arts a unique and efficient “Tool” to innovate our environment. In 2004, she was among the first Chinese curators introducing the concept of re-defining architecture through digital art by organizing a three city (Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming) conference tour entitled “Digital Art and Architecture”, in order to interpret the relationship between digital art and contemporary architecture. In 2006, she was invited by the Ministry of Culture in China to curate PLAY(S) – International Digital and Multimedia Arts exhibition within the 3rd International Digital Art and Animation Festival in Changzhou (South of China). In 2009, she produced a series of conferences focusing on digital art development in China, where she presented more than 20 international experts and young professionals’ cross-disciplinary projects, in order to explore the future role of digital art in social and political environmental. On April 2010, she joined Planetary Collegium founded by Roy Ascott (Plymouth, England) as PhD Candidate in Art and Media, her current research theme is “Media Arts & Human Ecosphere” (working title).