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October 24, 2006

2nd Chinese Bloggers Conference



CREATIVITY 2.0: Rotterdam Satellite of the 2nd Chinese Bloggers Conference :: V2_ (Rotterdam) :: Saturday October 28, 2006 :; 10.00 – 13.00 (CEST - Central European Summer Time) :: realmedia stream: www.v2.nl (rtsp://helix.v2.nl/encoder/cnblog_nl.rm) :: IRC channel at irc://irc.freenode.net/#cnbloggercon.

V2_ invites you to participate in CREATIVITY 2.0, an extra-territorial Tangent_Event taking place in Rotterdam connecting to the 2nd Chinese Bloggers Conference, in Hangzhou China October 28/29. Featuring special guest Régine Debatty in Rotterdam and cultural bloggers Zhang Qing and Gino Yu in Hangzhou, CREATIVITY 2.0 will bring together leading independent writers and curators to discuss the rise of the blog as an open medium of expression in establishing and supporting unrestricted forms of dialogue and community, both in the sense of cultural enterprise and artistic practice.

Recently, and during the past year in particular, it has become increasingly popular to use the new tools and expanded online facilities that weblogs provide in order to create new social identities, define cultural practices and create active communities beyond the physical constraints of urban or national structures. This is especially the case in countries such as the People’s Republic of China in which a new ‘middle landscape’ of an increasingly affluent and mobile citizenry has zealously and enthusiastically attuned to the latest in global technology and telecommunications. Forming a significant part of the ‘Web 2.0’ phenomenon Blogs pick up the faded myth of the Internet as a user generated space of exchange with both cultural and commercial repercussions.

Associated online tools and services such as, YouTube, Biku, Flickr and del.icio.us augment the omnipresence of Blogs into complex global communities of users linked via an infinite number of personal backgrounds, interests and goals and create new forms of social, cultural, artistic and economic networks. In areas where traditional forms of monitoring and control of information is pervasive the complexity and diversity of blogging’s reach drives the creation of new platforms and forms of expression. Blogs brought to life by anyone anytime are now creating a blogosphere rapidly replacing traditional information structures by unifying in cross-media frameworks the same mechanisms of text and visual tagging, cross-referencing of information, and opinion gathering established with the Internet over a decade ago. But how do these structures originate, who do they serve, and how are the bloggers covered by ‘traditional’ or local media? Beyond global entertainment and free-for-all journalism can Blogs instill new cultural identities and open up new zones of dialogue and critique? Can they lead to cultural and artistic production per se, or drown in parody and hasty mash-ups during their authors’ 5 minute bursts of fame?

CREATIVITY 2.0 links the worlds of blogging between Europe, Asia and beyond in a live and online dialogue hosting players including Régine Debatty, Zhang Qing, Gino Yu, aaajiao and Kuang Huang who are active in defining and sharpening both active art communities and establishing new contexts for transnational cultural dialogue.

CREATIVITY 2.0 will be moderated in Rotterdam by V2_ program curator Stephen Kovats, and in Hangzhou by writer and cultural theorist Tian Sun.

The event will be streamed live using REAL MEDIA and IRC moderated online by Berlin based independent curator Vera Tollmann. The stream can be accessed directly via www.v2.nl or by using the following direct REAL player link: rtsp://helix.v2.nl/encoder/cnblog_nl.rm You can download a free Real Player at www.real.com. If you are online we invite you to participate in the event via IRC text chat on: irc://irc.freenode.net/#cnbloggercon

Schedule and Format:

V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam
Saturday October 28, 2006
10.00 Doors open at V2_, welcome coffee
10.30 CREATIVITY 2.0 intro + selected Chinese videoblog screening
11.00 – go live, online with Hangzhou – Stephen Kovats and Tian Sun
11.05 – speaker 1: Zhang Qing, in Hangzhou
11.15 – speaker 2: Régine Debatty, in Rotterdam
11.25 – speaker 3: Gino Yu, in Hangzhou
11.35 – open discussion with local and online participants 12.00 – close connection 12.00 – 13.00 discussion/conclusion at V2_, with screenings All times listed are local Rotterdam times (CEST)

To check your time zone, please consult:

V2_ will also be streaming the entire conference in Hangzhou and will moderate online selected presentations and discussions. Check the conference site for full schedule: http://cnbloggercon.org/2006/en/Schedule NOTE!: Most areas (but not China!) will revert to Standard Time at 0300 on Sunday October 29. Check if your area has a Daylight Saving Time shift during the conference weekend: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst2006b.html

CREATIVITY 2.0 Participants:

Régine Debatty (panelist, in Rotterdam): Régine Debatty initiated we-make-money-not-art.com a pioneering weblog for critical media art and cultural discourse. She studied Classics in Belgium and England, worked as a teacher of Latin and ancient Greek, then moved to media, directing documentaries for Belgian national TV, working as a reporter for the radio Onda Cero in Spain and as a consultant for the MEDIA programme of the European Commission in Italy. She is now an independent writer and researcher in electronic art. As a jury member she participates in several new media art and interaction design commissions and festivals. She also gives talks about how today's artists, amateurs and hackers are using and misusing emerging technologies.

Gino Yu (panellist, in Hangzhou): Dr. Gino Yu is chairman of the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Assocation. He received his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993 where he worked to establish multimedia initiatives such as the Integrated Media Systems Center. He later taught and worked in Hong Kong where he helped to establish the Center for Enhanced Learning Technologies at the University of Science and Technology and the Multimedia Innovation Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), a leading edge think tank and research centre on digital entertainment. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at PolyU where he oversees MERECL, a commercial digital entertainment entity that provides consulting, research, instruction and new ideas for the industry. His main area research interests involve the application of media technologies to cultivate creativity and promote enlightened consciousness.

Zhang Qing (panelist, in Hangzhou): Zhang Qing is Artistic Director of the 6th Shanghai Biennale (Hyper Design), Deputy Director of the Shanghai Art Museum editor and editor of Art China . He has been a regular contributor to magazines including Art Monthly, Dushu , Avant-garde Today and Shanghai Culture since 1989, as well as editor-in-chief of the magazine Chinese Art of the 1990s. In 2000, he was named one of the "best curators in China" by CCTV. His main curatorial roles include Curator of the exhibition The Art of Yan Peiming (Shanghai,2005); Co-Curator for the 5th Shanghai Biennale(2004); Curator for Interpreting the Modern: The Collection Exhibition of Amsterdam Art Museum (Amsterdam, Shanghai, Singapore, 2003);Junction:Architectural xperiments in Chinese Contemporary Art (Shanghai, 2003); Red China: Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art , (Gwangju, 2002); Co-Curator for City_Net Asia (Seoul, 2002); Curator for Cai Guoqiang (Shanghai, 2001); Curator for Expressions of Contemporary China (Singapore, 2001); and Co-Curator for the 3 rd Shanghai Biennale (2000).

aaajiao (participant, in Hangzhou): The Chinese pendant to Régine Debatty’s media art and culture blog was founded by aaajiao in 2006. WNMNA has fis, sophywt, ilikesleep working as editors, and hlitch, phoebe, yangschwang, kulilin, dobby as translaters. The main aim of WNMNA is to introduce the information of new media art abroad to China by translating the articles on WMMNA as well as some other colaborating websites, and to write original reviews to support the 'art from China' tag, from which people get to know the development of new media art in China.

Kuan Huang (online participant, New York): Kuan Huang is a software engineer and new media artist. In 2004, in order to let his artistic side of his brain breathe the freedom of life, he came to New York City to pursue his master degree in Interactive Telecommunications Program of Tisch School of Art, New York University. His art works vary from interactive musical instrument, cell phone based video installation, interactive public projection and etc. His works have been exhibited in Sony Wonder Tech Lab, Chelsea Museum of Art, Eyebeam and New York University. Kuan Huang together with Yuchen Chiu and Chun Xi Jiang are the founders of the Chinese new media art blog Villagypsy. They are hoping that Villagypsy can serve as a bridge that links the new media industry between USA and China.

Tian Sun (moderator, in Hangzhou): Tian Sun is editor of Time+Architecture, a Shanghai-based bimonthly architectural magazine. She graduated from B. Arch. Tongji University in 2000 and received her MSc in Architectural History at the University College London in 2005.

Stephen Kovats (moderator, in Rotterdam): Canadian architect and media culture researcher Stephen Kovats is chief curator and events programmer at V2_Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam.

Vera Tollmann (online moderator, Rotterdam): Vera Tollmann studied Cultural Studies in Hildesheim and Liverpool. From 2004 to 2006 she worked as programme curator for the international media art festival transmediale in Berlin. As an independant curator, she recently curated the group exhibition Hands-on history and the video programme Picturing free knowledge. She publishes articles on internet issues and contemporary art. Her text 'I will chocolate you' deals with the internet use in China and the role of the western world, published in springerin.

More info:

V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Stephen Kovats_Program Curator
Eendrachtsstraat 10
3012 XL Rotterdam
The Netherlands

t_ **31 10 750 1519
f_ **31 10 206 7271
e_ kovats[at]v2.nl

2nd China Bloggers Conference
V2_Rotterdam Satellite
Saturday October 28, 10.00 - 14.00 (CEST)
realmedia stream: www.v2.nl (rtsp://helix.v2.nl/encoder/cnblog_nl.rm)
IRC channel at irc://irc.freenode.net/#cnbloggercon
entire conference: http://cnbloggercon.org/2006/en

Posted by jo at October 24, 2006 02:08 PM