Rockbund Art Museum 上海外滩美术馆

All Tomorrow’s Parties: Shanghai Futurism 会聚未来:上海未来主义

Event Information

Date: 19 October 2012 Invalid Date
Time: 11:00 Invalid Date
Venue: 1F, Associate Mission Building


日期: 2012年 10月 19日 Invalid Date
时间: 11:00 Invalid Date
场馆: 协进大楼1F

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’)?

About the Speakers

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in the study of Shanghai. Jeff is the author of Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991);Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (2009) and China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010). He has also worked as co-editor onChina in 2008: A Year of Great Significance and most recently Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-ChangingLand(2012). Jeff is a regular contributor to academic journals, and has also written for a variety of general interest periodicals. He is currently working as Asia Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Nick Land works as an editor at Urbanatomy, where he has authored numerous books on Shanghai (including 3 comprehensive guide-books to the city; a guide to Expo 2010 and a family guide). Before moving to Asia, Nick was a professor of philosophy at the Universityof Warwick, where he was the faculty co-founder, of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU). He is the author of The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism (1992) and Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007 (2011) along with various articles on art, design and cybernetic culture . Nick keeps a blog on Urban Futures at

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2012年10月19日,加州大学欧文分校教授兼上海研究专家Jeff Wasserstrom、《精彩上海》编辑Nick Land博士将共论“上海的未来主义”。2012年11月2日,人气美食作家Fuchsia Dunlop和名厨Austin Hu将探讨当代饮食文化的主题。

在有关未来主义与饮食文化的主题对话专场之后,该系列活动将继续深入地探索新媒体、视觉艺术、电影、创意集群、知识产权、性、建筑、都市化、低科技创新、佛教和现代性等主题。应邀出席活动的嘉宾将包括:Justin O’Connor博士(昆士兰科技大学)、视觉艺术家邱志杰、孙绍谊博士(纽约大学/上海大学)、策展人许宇(Leo Xu)等。

作为上海研究讲堂研究计划的共同创始人,上海纽约大学的Anna Greenspan博士和Francesca Tarocco博士将担纲该系列活动的主持。“作为中国最大、最繁华和最具国际性的城市”,她们评论道,“上海将自身定位为下一个伟大的全球文化枢纽和构建中国软实力的重要基地。”