DIGITAL CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA, TAIWAN AND HONG KONG

I’ve just returned from a ten day trip to China, where I was leading a current group of MA students from the Courtauld on a study visit to Shanghai. I’ve been teaching the students as a visiting lecturer on the MA course ‘(RE)made in China: Appropriation, subversion and transformation in contemporary Art’, so the main focus of the visit was to enable them to visit artists’ studios, museums and art galleries and apply the skills and learning they’ve hopefully absorbed over the last few months to an analysis of the objects, exhibitions and images we were privileged to see during our visit.

We visited over twenty exhibitions in various venues and art districts throughout the city and over the coming weeks, I hope to share some of the highlights of the visit on this blog. Several exhibitions were of particular interest given my current research on digital culture, most notably Y世代之歌 ‘The Ballad of Generation Y’ currently on display at OCAT, Shanghai, as well as 亞洲當代藝術空間 A+ Contemporary‘s show 模型演进’Evolution of Model’.

I came back to the UK to attend a three day conference devoted to ‘Digital Culture in Contemporary China, Hong Kong and Taiwan’. The conference starts tomorrow and features a very distinguished line up of excellent speakers, who will be addressing issues ranging from digital activism and internet literature to virtual cinema, screen culture and digital archiving. I was very fortunate to receive an invite to present some of my current research on digital art and will be giving a paper on Miao Ying and the rise of ‘Chinternet Ugly’ on Friday afternoon. I have included the conference programme below and will write a more detailed post on the proceedings next week.

 

DIGITAL CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA,

TAIWAN AND HONG KONG

China Centre and Wadham College, Oxford

December 17-19, 2015

 

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 Thursday December 17th

 Lecture Theatre 1, China Centre

 9.00am                        Introductory remarks

 

Margaret Hillenbrand

9.15am-10.45am        Panel 1: Digital Activism

 Chair: Heather Inwood

9.15am-9.45am

 Jing Wang, MIT:

“Activists as Makers: NGO2.0 & Tech4Good”

9.45am-10.15am

 Jia Tan, Hong Kong Baptist University:

“Aesthetics of Queer Becoming: Comrade Yue and Chinese Community-Based Documentaries Online”

 

10.15am-10.45am

Questions

 10.45am-11.15am

COFFEE

11.15am-12.45pm     Panel 2: Digital City

Chair: Luke Robinson

11.15am-11.45am

Yomi Braester, University of Washington:

“The City as Found Footage”

11.45am-12.15pm

 Chris Berry, King’s College, London:

“Museum as Theme Park: The Screen Culture of the Shanghai Museum of Science and Technology”

 12.15pm-12.45pm

Questions

12.45pm-2pm

LUNCH

Wordsworth Tea Room, China Centre

2pm-3.30pm   Panel 3: Digital Technologies

 Chair: Chris Berry

 2pm-2.30pm

 Wendy Larson, University of Oregon:

“The Glistening City-Orb: Flash Animation in Jia Zhangke’s The World

 2.30pm-3pm

 Luke Robinson, University of Sussex:

“Digital Cinema on East Asia’s Periphery: Midi Z’s ‘Burma Trilogy’”

 3pm-3.30pm

 Questions

 3.30pm-4pm

 COFFEE

4pm-4.30pm               Special Presentation: Digital Archiving

 Kuei-fen Chiu, National Chung-hsing University:

“The Taiwan Literature Archives: Notes on an Experimental Digital Literary History”

4.30pm-5pm

Questions

 Friday, December 18th

 Lecture Theatre 1, China Centre

 9.30am-11am             Panel 4: Digital Cinema

 Chair: Michel Hockx

9.30am-10am

Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities:

“Suppositionality, Virtuality, and Chinese Cinema”

10am-10.30am

Song Hwee Lim:

“Can Poetics Break Bricks?”

 10.30am-11am

 Questions

 11am-11.30am

 

COFFEE

11.30am-1.00pm        Panel 5: Digital Restraints

 Chair: Ros Holmes

 11.30am-12pm

 Michel Hockx, SOAS:

“The Bottom Line Revisited – Chinese Internet Literature and Moral Censorship in the Xi Era

 12pm-12.30pm

 Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong:

“Aesthetics of Appearance: Documentary Footages of the Umbrella Movement

 12.30pm-1.00pm

Questions

 1.00pm-2.30pm

LUNCH

Wordsworth Tea Room, China Centre

2.30pm-4pm               Panel 6: Digital Art

 Chair: Luke Robinson

 2.30pm-3pm

Margaret Hillenbrand, University of Oxford:

“Digital Haunting”

3pm-3.30pm

Ros Holmes, University of Oxford:

“Miao Ying, Net Art and ‘Chinternet’ Aesthetics”

3.30pm-4pm

Questions

4pm-4.30pm

COFFEE

 Saturday, December 19th

 Lecture Theatre 1, China Centre

 9.30am-11am             Panel 7: Digital Time

 Chair: Annie Hongping Nie

9.30am-10am

Xiao Liu, McGill University:

“A Game of Time:  Video Game, Time Travel and Cinema in the Era of Algorithm”

10am-10.30am

Kwai-Cheung Lo, Hong Kong Baptist University:

“From Coevalness to Multiple Chronos and Back: Temporalizing Inter-Ethnic Online Articulations in Digital China”

10.30am-11am

Questions

11am-11.30am

COFFEE

11.30am-1pm             Panel 8: Digital Returns

 Chair: Elisabeth Forster

11.30am-12pm

Carlos Rojas, Duke University:

“Dream of the Red Chamber Internet Fan Fiction and Literary Canonicity”

12pm-12.30pm

 Heather Inwood, University of Manchester:

“Similar, Familiar and Old: The Aesthetics of Repetition in Digital Chinese Culture”

12.30pm-1pm

Questions

Concluding remarks

 

This conference has been generously supported by the following sponsors:

British Inter-University China Centre

Oxford University China Centre