September 19, 2016, by Franziska Koch

Conference: “Making the New World: the Arts of China’s Cultural Revolution”, 11-12 Nov 2016, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, Making the New World: the Arts of China’s Cultural Revolution, is a two-day international conference programmed by the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.

Inviting researchers, artists, designers, curators and practitioners at all stages of their careers worldwide to reassess the significance of the arts and culture of the Cultural Revolution, the 9th CCVA Annual Conference reflects upon their impacts on everyday life in China within socio-political, cultural and global contexts.

The following set of ten ‘relationships’ are indicative of the topics that the conference will consider:

  • Art, culture and politics
  • Art, mass art and non-art
  • Amateur and professional: artists, participants and audiences
  • Art production, dissemination and reception
  • Collective and private spaces: squares, streets and buildings
  • The conformity and the rebellions: uniforms and the body
  • Mass assemblies and parades: performative and immersive experiences
  • Model operas, musicals and everyday life
  • Songs, voices and the spirit
  • Written words and images.

Speakers include keynote Richard King; Chairs: Craig ClunasChris Berry and Harriet Evans; and presentations from Minerva InwaldWang GeruiKristine Harris, Christine HoVivian Li, Zhang LiLinda Pittwood,Yawen Ludden, Martin MulloyMark NashEldon PeiWang Rujie, Corey Schultz and Andreas Steen.
Convened by Joshua Jiang.

Find the details of the programme and how to book tickets here. Find the abstracts and biographies of the speakers here.

Venue: Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, E1 7QX.

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design, media and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies.

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