Yang Fudong: Conversation with Hu Fang and Daniel Brook
|When||20 Sep 2013|
|Where||University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Friday, September 20 2013, 6:00pm
Conversation with Hu Fang and Daniel Brook
Copresented with Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC-SF)
Join noted journalist Daniel Brook and Guangzhou-based writer and curator Hu Fang for a conversation in which historical and fictional visions of Chinese urbanization converge. The authors discuss their latest books—Brook’s critically acclaimed A History of Future Cities and Hu’s highly imaginative Garden of Mirrored Flowers—and engage in a wide-ranging dialogue that intersects with the issues explored in the work of Yang Fudong. Followed by a book signing.
Brook’s A History of Future Cities features Shanghai—at one time the fastest-growing city on earth—among four major metropolitan hubs that became “instant cities” in the nineteenth century. Shanghai, where Yang Fudong himself lives and works, can be seen to embody all the promise and contradictions of twenty-first-century China. Hu’s Garden of Mirrored Flowers, which tells the fictional story of an architect who designs a theme park, comments on issues of urban planning, consumerism, and the struggles of creative practitioners in China today. Influenced by Yang’s film-based work, the book is also an adaptation of the Qing dynasty novel Flower in the Mirror.
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