All Tomorrow’s Parties: Shanghai Futurism
Oct 19, 2012 Friday 19:00
1F, Associate Mission Building (Shanghai 169 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Nick Land, Jeff Wasserstrom
Language: English with Chinese Translation
Admission Free. Reservation is required.
Shanghai Studies Symposium, Rockbund Art Museum and NYU Shanghai present a series of conversations exploring urban creativity in Shanghai.
This month the series focuses on Shanghai futurism in both its contemporary and historicalforms. It asks how the city can draw on its past to help it create the Metropolis of Tomorrow, today.
Conversations over the coming monthswill explorenew media, visual arts, cinema, Buddhism and modernity,creative clusters, intellectual property, architecture, urbanism, and low-tech innovations. Invited guests include: Dr. Justin O’Connor (QUT), visual artist QiuZhijie, Dr. Wei Wei (ECNU), Dr. James Farrer (Sophia University, Tokyo), Dr. Sun Shaoyi (NYU/Shanghai University), curator Leo Xu.
Dr. Anna Greenspan and Dr. Francesca Tarocco of NYU Shanghai, founders of the research initiative Shanghai Studies Symposium, will host the series. “As China’s largest, richest and most cosmopolitan city”, they say, “Shanghai envisions itself as the next great global cultural hub, a key site of China’s ‘soft power’.”
All Tomorrow’s Parties explores contemporary Shanghai’s intellectual and cultural currents in order to investigate questions such as: Can artistic creativity and technological innovation be programmed or planned? Is the current ‘cargo-cult’ approach to the creative sphere effective or is it destined to ultimately fail? What forms might Shanghai’s particular inventiveness take? Will it make manifest the city’s unique imprint? In which ways might it root itself in the locale so that it can become the singular product of this time and place? Do novel theories and practices engage with earlier cultural traditions? Can a neo-traditionalism emerge that is also avant-garde and modern (the ‘shock of the new’)?... Read More
Free admission, No need for reservation.