GLOBAL BENDING: Opening Creative Space - Rooting Curatorial Media Practice in China
Presentation about new media art in China, part of DEAF07.
In the absence of public based funding for culture, contemporary art sits in a precarious zone between a commercially driven international art market and the pressing desire by artists to explore challenging means of expression. Particularly in the realm of technologically based media arts, cost and access questions block the emergence of a secure and critical practice. The latter is increasingly left up to the independent or non-commercial gallery whose own existence depends entirely on the availability of private funding sources. Given the political implications of technologically oriented art and the omnipresent battle between the independence of expression over aggressive market forces, how and where can a truly creative and unique media landscape emerge in China?
Moderator: Li Zhenhua (CN), artist and ArtLab curator, Beijing
Respondent: Michele Kasprzak (CDN), artist, theorist, Programmes Director of New Media Scotland
Wei Zhang (CN), director, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou
Yao Bin (CN), artist, curator Cubic Art Space, Beijing
Ellen Pau (HK), artist and curator, Videotage Hong Kong
Davide Quadrio (I), director BizArt, Shanghai
Zhang Ga (USA), artist and curator, Beijing/New York, Professor of Communications Arts, New York Institute of Technology (New York), guest professor, Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University (Beijing)