Negotiating Difference

Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context

Thu, Oct 22, 2009
4 pm

Admission free

Negotiating Difference - Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context

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Contemporary Chinese art has lately become a topic of in-depth academic research. The conference Negotiating Difference examines contemporary Chinese art in a global context and focuses on questions of methodology. Whether considered from a discursive, institutional or object-centered perspective, contemporary Chinese art always involves aspects of a globally informed locality and a locally affected globality. To account for the complexity of this phenomenon, the conference proposes to analyse contemporary Chinese art in a transcultural perspective that questions prevailing research approaches critically and attempts to provide new answers. This perspective is an alternative to single-sided positions that either stress the construction of a ‘Chinese identity’ in essentialist terms or still consider Chinese art only based on a ‘Western’ notion of art. In contrast, Negotiating Difference proposes conceiving contemporary Chinese art as evolving out of processes of negotiated difference.

New visual axes were exposed to the current exhibitions by Qiu Zhijie (Beijing) and Tadashi Kawamata (Paris).



Dr. Bernd M. Scherer (Intendant, Haus der Kulturen der Welt)

Jeong-Hee Lee-Kalisch (Chair, East Asian Art History, Freie Universität Berlin)

Sunrise – The China Avant-Garde Exhibition in Berlin January 1993, Andreas Schmid (artist and curator, Berlin):

KEYNOTE Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art: Three Issues, John Clark (University of Sydney):

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The International Conference “Negotiating Difference. Chinese Contemporary Art in the Global Context” is hosted by: Freie Universität Berlin, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Art History, East Asian Art History

Head: Prof. Dr. Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch

Conference Concept: Birgit Hopfener, Franziska Koch

Conference Organisation: Ronald Kiwitt, Juliane Noth

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