A Wall - 'The Online Public Sphere in China'

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

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In the lead up to Cass Sculpture Foundation's major exhibition of new contemporary Chinese art in 2016, we are pleased to announce the first in a series of talks and symposia on contemporary Chinese art organised in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Keynote Speaker: Zheng Bo

Guest Speakers: Guy Armitage and Ruth Mackenzie CBE

This symposium marks the launch of 'A Wall' -- a web-based platform curated by the artist Zheng Bo and commissioned by Cass Sculpture Foundation and The Space (BBC/ Arts Council) in partnership with British Council China, designed specifically for the archiving and exhibiting of Chinese socially engaged art. 'A Wall' showcases five ecological art projects, created by renowned artists and activist collectives in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from the mid-1990s to the present day. Each project consists of high-resolution photographs, videos and articles, and aims to foster public discussion by inviting viewers to leave comments in the form of dazibao (Big Character posters) on the virtual wall, linking socially engaged artists, activists and critical thinkers in Greater China with the rest of the world. The symposium examines the extent to which the Internet has fostered political participation and artistic activism in spite of commercialisation and the digital divide.

For more information and updates on the symposium, please see The Courtauld Institute of Art website:

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Guy Armitage is Founder and Managing Director of Zealous. Zealous is a new UK-based start up that acts as a social platform for creatives. Guy has been published in Forbes, Metro and Elite Business Magazine, where he has advocated the importance of creativity in the UK economy. As well as speaking at CreativeXPO and various UK universities, Guy recently hosted nine panel talks at Zealous X covering key subjects such as the value of creativity, IP and copyright, attitudes to the digital landscape, PR and Marketing, Women in creativity and branding for artists. Guy has a first in MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Kings College London.

Ruth Mackenzie CBE is the Interim Chief Executive and Creative Director of The Space. She is also Artistic Director Designate for The Holland Festival, Amsterdam’s prestigious international arts festival, with her first festival begining June 2015.

Zheng Bo grew up in Beijing and has been making and writing about socially engaged art for over ten years. He has worked with a range of communities including the Queer Cultural Centre in Beijing and Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong. He received a Prize of Excellence from Hong Kong Art Museum in 2005 for his ‘Family History Textbook’ and a Juror’s Prize from the Singapore Art Museum in 2008 for ‘Karibu Islands’. His essays on socially engaged art have been published in multiple journals and books and he is a member of the editorial board of ‘Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art’. He was trained in computer science and fine arts and currently teaches at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He taught at China Academy of Art in Hangzou from 2010 to 2013 and still serves as an affiliated faculty member of the Academy’s School of Inter-Media Art. Zheng Bo’s personal


​Zheng Bo speaking at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2015

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