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  • Panel | 28 May, 2015

    Art in the Xi Jinping Era

    For the first time this year, China’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale is being curated by independent artists, and is not a government project. Four of the artists on show at Venice will talk about the issues facing contemporary art in China: what is it like to create in a country where the President has made his conservative views known on art and its political purposes? Is the campaign against corruption affecting prices in the art market? What is happening creatively on the Chinese art scene?

    The event will be moderated by Ted Plafker, The Economist.

    DATE: May 28 (Thursday)
    TIME: 2-3:30pm
    VENUE: Beijing American Center, Suite 2801, Jingguang Center, Hujia Lou, Chaoyang District
    ENTRANCE: free, only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/28052015  by May 27, 3pm. If you are planning to bring a recording device, please say so in your reservation note. Unannounced recording devices will not be allowed in.

    Cui Qiao (born in 1974) is the Director of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF), and the curator of the China Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. Cui Qiao also leads a team starting  an art center, Beijing Culture and Art Center (BCAC), that is devoted to connecting the local community to the international art platforms.

    Xu Bing (born in 1955) is one of the best known Chinese artists in China and the international art world. His most famous work, Book From the Sky, is one of the most iconic works of contemporary Chinese art.

    Believing that “art must transform life”, Qiu Zhijie (born in 1969) creates his work by intertwining humanist practice with Chinese traditional culture and political and social history. His art incorporates different media, like painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance and more. Besides writing several art books, he also curates exhibitions to prompt debate and propel the development new forms of arts in China.

    Lu Yang (born in 1984) has become an increasingly important figure in the field of new media art and biological art in China. Using a variety of media: video, installation, animation, photography and video games, she explores existential issues about the nature of life and where it resides.

    Speaker | 27 May, 2015

    Dragonheads and Pig Tails: the Politics of Industrialized Agriculture in China’s Pig Sector

    China wants to improve its farming – the efficiency and output. The Chinese government is instigating modernisation and industrialisation of agriculture through a set of policies and an extensive network of so-called “Dragonheads”. Like the head dancer in a traditional dragon dance these lead and direct the movements of their followers. These new structures of a planned economy have been massively introduced since 2006 as part of the program “New Socialist Countryside”. It remains to be seen whether they can really contribute to the solution of the problems in China’s food industry: low productivity, pollution, lack of bio-security. A German academic with a long-term focus on China’s farming sector, Jochen Noth will be introducing western-style agricultural models in China’s pig farms

    DATE: May 27 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 6-7:30pm
    VENUE: Crossboundaries Architects, 4 North Gongti Road, Bldg. 10, Electrical Research Institute Compound
    Chaoyang District (near The Bookworm, above Home Plate)
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/27052015-2/
    Former Journalist and China hand Jochen Noth is the Programme co-ordinator and PR-officer of“Vocational Training in Animal Husbandry (Pigs)”, a Sino-German program sponsored by the German Ministry for Education and Research. He is a regional vice president of the German-Chinese Business Association (DCW) and a managing director of Asia-Pacific-Institute for Management. Noth has experience reporting in Germany, Austria, France and the U.K and served in the 80ies as an editor for China Radio International.