China’s First Citizen Reporters

High Tech, Low Life is a award winning documentary of China’s first Citizen Reporters. “Vegetable seller ‘Zola’ and bicycle-riding activist ‘Tiger Temple’ are using laptops, mobiles and digital cameras to bypass the strict codes of conventional Chinese media the two risk political persecution to give first-hand, unmediated accounts of untold stories from around China”.
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Art of Change in China

Art-of-Change-ChinaThis is the first major exhibition to focus on contemporary installation and performance art from China. It brings together the work of some of the most innovative artists from the 1980s to today.

“Change, and the acceptance that everything is subject to change, are deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy. The exhibition focuses on works that deal with transformation, instability and discontinuity, looking at how these themes are conveyed through action or materials”.

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Identity and Living Tradition

Sustaining Identity Symposium V&A LondonSustaning Identity symposium brings together acclaimed international architects whose work resists homogenisation by prioritising place, the senses and memory. Speakers include 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu; 2012 Global Holcim Award winner, Francis Kéré and renowned architectural theorist Juhani Pallasmaa, who has curated the event with Paul Brislin of Arup Associates. The event is supported by Architectural Review”.

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China’s Design Revolution

China Design talk China is on the verge of a design revolution. Lorraine Justice, author of China’s Design Revolution (MIT Press), explores the differences in creative expression between the East and the West, and highlights current designs emerging from China with examples of award-winning digital, fashion, graphic, interior and product design.

The talk at the Design Museum concentrated on  differences in creative expression between the East and the West and a look at the current designs emerging from China. Continue reading

Waste Not

Barbican exhibition

A poignant meditation on family life and the artist’s own childhood during the Cultural Revolution.

The installation by Song Dong comprises over 10,000 items collected by Song Dong’s mother, Zhao Xiangyuan, over five decades – ranging from a section of the family home, to metal pots and plastic bowls to blankets, bottle caps, toothpaste tubes and toys. The activity of saving and re-using things is in keeping with the Chinese adage wu jin qi yong – ‘waste not’ – a prerequisite for survival during periods of social and political turmoil”. Continue reading