About SCL

Shanghai Curators Lab (SCL) is an intensive and challenging residence program for young curators. The SCL aims to be an open forum for experimental, critical and discursive discussion on the ecology of curatorial practices and intercultural platforms in the period of radical transformation of the social framework. The SCL is a rare and extensive participatory program jointly organized by a university, museum, biennale and art city. The subjects and programs of the SCL include exhibition-making of contemporary hybrid culture and art, the ecosystem of disciplines and expertise, technological advancement and its countermove, climate change and social environment, decolonizing architecture, regeneration and revitalization of industrial heritages, new exits and alternatives for biennales, art and industries etc. The SCL will also look at a tremendous potential for expanding the role of curators within the culture of multidisciplinary boundaries of art, industry, big data, new forms of media and politics. The participating curators will be divided into four different research groups to present imaginative projects, either as exhibitions or diversified performative events, at the end of the program. The outcome and researched short-term projects produced by the participants during their stay in SCL will be open to the public and the arts community in Shanghai and China.

The curators will also experience unique production processes of the 12th Shanghai Biennale with its curators and participating artists during the preparation period.

Lead Professors

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art. She was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel in 2012 and curator of Sydney Biennale in 2008 and Istanbul Biennial in 2015. In 2012, ArtReview magazine named her number one in their annual Power 100 list of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Additionally, Christov-Bakargiev is a Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University.

Yongwoo Lee, professor of SAFA at Shanghai University.

Yongwoo Lee is the professor at SAFA and artistic director of SIAC (Shanghai International Art City) Research Institute. Lee was the president of International Biennial Association (2013–2017) and the executive director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum. He was the artistic director of Gwangju Biennale and served as the president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation (2008–2014). He published numerous books on audience studies and new media arts.

Lecturers

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art. She was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel in 2012 and curator of Sydney Biennale in 2008 and Istanbul Biennial in 2015. In 2012, ArtReview magazine named her number one in their annual Power 100 list of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Additionally, Christov-Bakargiev is a Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Yongwoo Lee

Yongwoo Lee is the professor at SAFA at Shanghai University and artistic director of SIAC (Shanghai International Art City) Research Institute. Lee was the president of International Biennial Association (2013 – 2017) and the executive director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum. He was the artistic director of Gwangju Biennale and served as the president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation (2008 – 2014). He published numerous books on audience studies and new media arts.

Yongwoo Lee

Naihan Li

After graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture, Naihan Li first worked as an architect when returning to China in 2004. Under the influence of a rapidly growing contemporary art scene that she encountered in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art Village, her interests gradually expanded into contemporary design and art.
Her work covers a wide range of format and media, with interests ranging from traditional craftsmanship to digital technology. A full understanding of traditional and contemporary aesthetic, culture and technology sits as the core principle of her creative career through both commercial and personal projects.
Her body of works span from architecture to art, though she might be best known for her design art furniture work, including the Crates Series, I am a Monument series, Leaning Mountain series, etc. Her works have been exhibited by M+ museum, Milan Design Triennial, Venice Architecture Biennial, London Design Musem, Sifang Art Museum and many other public and private institutions and collectors.
As designer and artist, she has worked with the Gwangju Design Biennial, UBS Bank, Yuzi Museum Shanghai, Himalaya Museum, Goethe Institute, Swarovski Lane Crawford and many international institutions. As creative director and initiator, she produced the Beijing Design Week Caochangdi Community, collaborating with leading Chinese contemporary artists, focusing on bridging contemporary art with design and technology.
While her work mostly explores the gap between art and design, architecture is the root to Naihan Li thinking process. The practices of contemporary art have inspired her to investigate her subject with a bolder point of view, in equivalent to the sensitivity embraced by artists today. Her training as an architect has given her the full skill of producing works in spatial, visual and conceptual creative practices. Naihan Li remains an architect in training.

Naihan Li

Shi Hantao

Shi Hantao holds a MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has assumed roles for planning and execution of exhibitions and public events in a number of Shanghai-based art and cultural organizations, and has done extensive writings and studies into the field of art criticism and institutional research.

Shi Hantao

Cuauhtémoc Medina

Cuauhtémoc Medina, born in 1965, Mexico City. He is an art critic, curator and historian, holding a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art from the University of Essex in Britain and a BA in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Since 1993 he has been a full-time researcher at the Institute de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), lecturer at the Philosophy Faculty and the Postgraduate Department of Art History of the same university, and between 2002 and 2008, he was the first Associate Curator of Latin American Art Collections at the Tate Modern.
He has widely published texts in books, catalogues and periodicals, and among other things between 1999 and 2013 he was in charge of the art critical section of the Reforma newspaper in Mexico, titled “Ojo Breve”. A recent compilation on his critical interventions on art in Mexico has been published with the title Mutual Abuse by Cubo Blanco and RM in 2017.

Cuauhtémoc Medina

Liu Jianhua

Liu Jianhua was born in 1962 in Ji’an, Jiangxi Province. After graduated from Fine Art of Sculpture at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in 1989, he started his own experimental practices within a contemporary context. As an artist who keeps exploring new directions of his art, Liu Jianhua mainly used porcelain as the material to create works in his early practices. Porcelain is such a unique material that looks hard but intrinsically fragile. Through such character, Liu Jianhua creates a metaphor for people’s obsession with and anxiety on material, which reveals the spiritual characteristic of modern society. With his further exploration, Liu Jianhua has switched to mixed materials in recent years. Liu Jianhua’s works have been exhibited in the main exhibition VIVA ARTE VIVA of the 57th Venice Biennale, the 17th Biennale of Sydney, the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, the 1st Singapore Biennale, the 6th Shanghai Biennale, the 50th Biennale di Venezia China Pavilion and his works are included in the permanent collections of institutions including Tate Modern, London, UK; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, US; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US; The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, US and Kawara Museum, Tokyo, Japan. The artist currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.

Liu Jianhua

Carol Yinghua Lu

Carol Yinghua Lu is an art critic and curator. She is director of Beijing Inside-out Art Museum and PhD candidate in art history at the University of Melbourne. She is a contributing editor at Frieze and is on the advisory board of The Exhibitionist. Lu was on the jury for the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Biennale and on the jury for the Filipino National Pavilion of 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. She was the co-artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale and co-curator of the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, she was the artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen. She was the first visiting fellow in the Asia-Pacific Fellowship program at the Tate Research Centre in 2013. She is one of the first four ARIAH (Association of Research Institute in Art History) East Asia Fellows 2017 at Bard Graduate Center.
She was a researcher on the exhibition history in China for the Asian Cultural Complex in Gwangju and a co-curator of Discordant Harmony, a touring exhibition on the potential, challenges and impossibilities of imagining Asia. In collaboration with Liu Ding, she is in the process of researching into the legacy of Socialist Realism in the practice and discourse of contemporary art in China.

Carol Yinghua Lu

Aric Chen

Aric Chen is a design and architecture curator, writer and consultant based in Shanghai. He is currently Curator-at-Large for M+, the new museum for visual culture under construction in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District. From 2012-2018, he served as that institution's first Lead Curator for Design and Architecture, overseeing the formation of its design and architecture collection, curatorial team, and program.
Prior to M+, Chen was the first Creative Director of Beijing Design Week. Over the years, he has organized dozens of projects and exhibitions internationally, in addition to serving on numerous juries, and as a curatorial advisor to the UABB Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennale (New York), and the Gwangju Design Biennale. Chen is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016), and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Fantastic Man, Architectural Record, and other publications.

Aric Chen

Yu Ding

Dr. Yu Ding is professor, doctoral supervisor and Dean of the School of Arts Administration and Education and Director of the National Arts and Culture Policy Research Institute at Central Academy of Fine Arts. He founded the first visual arts management major in China and has been working on promoting the construction and development of the discipline in China. Prof. Yu also founded the Chinese Art Administration Education Association in which he serves as Vice President and Secretary General. His representative work Respect for Art: Visual Arts administration and Management in China and the United States is the first academic book that collates and compares the sectors of art institution management, cultural policy, cultural industry, museum and public art between China and the U.S. and the first book in English to spread overseas Chinese experience in the field of arts management. As an important expert and scholar in the field of arts management in China, Prof. Yu, entrusted by the Ministry of Culture (now the Ministry of Culture and Tourism) and other authorities, has curated and organized a series of important academic exchange activities as well as major events aiming at promoting Chinese art overseas.

Yu Ding

Zhang Haimeng:McKinsey Global Senior Partner

Mr. Zhang Haimeng has 14 years of experience in McKinsey and is the head of McKinsey’s Asia Pacific organization and a co-leader of environmental sustainability. The focus is on capital projects and infrastructure, organization and sustainability, and resource productivity. During his tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Zhang Haimeng is committed to helping Chinese companies move globally: assisting China’s leading real estate development companies in designing organizational structure; assessing China's leading high-tech companies in completing cross-border acquisitions, including organizational restructuring and corporate culture. Assisting China's leading equipment manufacturing companies to improve the capabilities of overseas project managers, including team leadership, communication, and risk management. He is also an internal trainer at McKinsey, focusing on project manager level training, including: change management, personal leadership development and so on. Prior to joining McKinsey, Haimeng worked in Accenture and Bearing Points for 7 years. Received his MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, B.S. in Economics from Shanghai Jiao-Tong University.

Zhang Haimeng

Gong Yan:Director of Power Station of Art, Chief-Editor of Art World magazine.

Recently, Gong Yan had curated exhibitions, such as: “Ordinary Architecture—The Chinese Pavilion in the 11th International Architecture Venice Biennale” (2008); “Shinohara Kazuo” (2014); “Anticlimax Poetry Kazunari Sakamoto Architecture Exhibition” (2015); “Mobile Architecture: Yona Friedman” (2015); “Toyo Ito: On the Stream” (2017); “Body Media-International Interactive Art Exhibition” (2007); “Li Shan PSA Collection Series” (2017); “Yu Youhan PSA Collection Series” (2017); “HON: Niki de Saint Phalle & Shen Yuan” (2018) etc.

Gong Yan

Larys Frogier

Larys Frogier is the Director of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai. Curator, critic and art historian, he is involved in artistic and social challenges in post-global contexts where ongoing social, economical, cultural transformations demand new ways of interrelations, citizenship and reinvented creativity. He curated numerous exhibitions and published extensive essays on the works of international artists: Adel Abdessemed, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Philippe Parreno, Paola Pivi, Ugo Rondinone, Wang Du, Yang Jiechang. Previously the Director of the contemporary art centre La Criée in Rennes (France), he curated long-term projects (symposiums, residencies, exhibitions, publications) which question the links and ruptures between broadening transcontinental areas. Chair of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART jury since 2013 at the Rockbund Art Museum, he is conceiving this new award, exhibition and research program as an evolving platform to promote emerging artists and to question Asia as a construction to investigate rather than a monolithic area or fixed identities. Larys Frogier taught art theory, history of art and curatorial studies at the University of Rennes, while he was also researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at the Archives for Art Criticism.

Larys Frogier

Wiyu Wahono

Wiyu Wahono was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and began collecting art in 1999. Parts of his collection have been exhibited in National Gallery Singapore, Hong Kong Arts Centre, SongEun Art Space, Seoul, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, National Museum Liechtenstein, Asia Society Museum New York, and in Indonesia. He has been invited to be a speaker at dozens of art talks both locally and internationally, and has served on the juries of the Bandung Contemporary Art Award, Art Jakarta Video Art Competition, Gudang Garam Indonesia Art Award and UOB Indonesia Painting of the Year Competition. He is a member of the Board of Young Collectors in Art Stage Jakarta, Honorary Board of Patrons Singapore Art Fair, and was a Nominee for the Best Collector 2017 at Art Stage Jakarta. Wiyu Wahono spent 20 years in Germany, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in plastics technology from the Technical University of Berlin, and was an industrial consultant in Germany.

Wiyu Wahono

Karen Smith

Karen Smith is a curator and author, largely specialised in the field of China’s contemporary art since 1980. In mid-2012, she was appointed founding director of OCAT Xi’an, the third such institution under the OCAT Museum Group, which is based in Shenzhen. OCAT Xi’an launched in November 2013, as the first dedicated contemporary art museum in Xi’an, and is regarded as a pioneer within the socio-cultural ecology of one of China's most ancient cities. Karen is the author of the As Seen series of publications, which explore contemporary Chinese artworks within public exhibitions. A first book, Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China, 2008, looked at leading members of the first generation of avant-garde artists in China that emerged between 1985 and 1989. Karen has contributed texts to Art Now Volume 4, Taschen, June 2013; Vitamin D2, Phaidon, 2012; Vitamin P2, Phaidon, 2011 and other publications, including the Phaidon contemporary artist series, for which she authored the volume on Ai Weiwei, 2009. She is co-author of Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842-Today, Penguin Viking (Australia), 2010.

Karen Smith

Xiangning Li

Dr. Xiangning Li is deputy dean and full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a member of CICA (Comité International des Critiques d'Architecture), and Secretary General of China Architectural Society Architectural Criticism Committee. He is Editor in Chief of the international magazine Architecture China.He serves as advisory board member of Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, and editorial board member of magazines including Plan and Le Visiteur (Journal of Société Française des Architectes). He has been a jury member to many international awards and competitions including Spanish International Architectural Award, and Mies van der Rohe Award the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. He taught and lectured in universities and institutes including Princeton University,TU Darmstadt,UCLA,USC,Chalmers University, IUAV,IAAC,Canadian Center for Architecture. He was a Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard GSD in 2016. He is co-curator of 2011 Chendu Biennale, 2011 Shenzhen Biennale, academic director and curator of 2013 Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale, curator of Shanghai Westbund 2013 Biennale, and curator for 2015 and 2017 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. He serves as director for 2017 Busan Architectural Culture Festival (Korea)and recently curated the Chinese Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale. His recent books include The Real and the Imagined: A Study of Value in Contemporary Urban Theory(2009), Updating China: Projects for a Sustainable Future(2010),Made in Shanghai (2014) ,Shanghai Regeneration(2017)and Towards a Critical Pragmatism:Contrmporary Chinese Architecture(2018).

Xiangning Li

Biljana Ciric:curator

She was the co-curator of the 3rd Ural Industrial Biennale for Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2015), curator in residency at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, 2015) and a research fellow at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Høvikodden, 2016). In 2013, Ciric initiated the seminar platform From a History of Exhibitions Towards a Future of Exhibition Making with focus of China and Southeast Asia. The first seminar platform was hosted by St Paul St Gallery, AUT, New Zealand and currently, Ciric is working on a second assembly hosted by RAM in November 2018 related to exhibition histories with focus on the 1990’s. In 2018 she established educational platfrom What Could/Should Curating Do.

Biljana Ciric

Wang Dawei

Professor Wang Dawei, born in 1954, is the executive dean of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, member of Seventh Design Subject Review Panel of Academic Degree Commission of the State Council, and chairman of Shanghai Creative Designers Association. In China, he has first proposed the subject concept of “public art” and joined with academic resources to create the international public art award. In recent years, professor Wang Dawei has participated in hosting, organizing, planning and designing tens of projects, including hosting and guiding the “Environmental Design for Sunken Square in Nanjing Road, Shanghai” and “Conceptual Design Program of Shanghai Metro Line M8 Station”, which respectively won the gold and silver awards of artistic design on the 10th National Art Exhibition, the highest honor of fine arts in China; hosting overall design and programme implementation of Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Exposition, overall design of “World Expo Museum” of 2010 Shanghai World Expo, theme presentation of China Pavilion, art decoration project of expo center, overall planning and design of Shanghai Rail Transit Lines 7 & 13 and design of stations decoration of several lines; organization and implementation of more than 10 construction projects, such as “Beautiful Village”.

Wang Dawei

GAO Shiming

Dr. Gao Shiming is the vice president of China Academy of Art. He is the founding chair of CAA's Curatorial Studies Department (which is the first curatorial program in China), and the founding director of the School of Inter-media Art(SIMA),, Hangzhou. He is also the initiator of the China Institute for Visual Studies and the Asian intellectual organization Inter Asia School (IAS). He is curator of many exhibitions and intellectual projects, including: Techniques of the Visible: the 5th Shanghai Biennale, 2004; Farewell to Post-colonialism: the Third Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; Rehearsal: the 8th Shanghai Biennale, 2010; Reflecta: the First West Bund Biennale for Architecture and Contemporary Art, 2013; “Future Media/Art Declaration” , 2017; From/To: the Frontier of Chinese Art Education, 2018 etc. Published academic books include: "All Things Lethal Remain Unutterable " (2011), "The Book of Action: About Curated Writing" (2012), "Three Art Worlds: One Hundred Art Objects in Modern Chinese History" (2015), "Human Thoughts" series (10 series) and "The Book of Action: Art Curation Volume" (2 volumes), ect.

GAO Shiming

Katie de Tilly

Katie de Tilly arrived in Hong Kong in 1994 and founded 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in 2001 with the gallery’s debut exhibition featuring Wang Keping. Since then, the gallery focuses on the rich historical, social and cultural context of the Asia-Pacific region with a wide range of artists from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, India, and Australia. She is a founding member and President Emeritus of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. Katie de Tilly is a former member of the Tate Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee, the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) of RMIT University in Hong Kong and an M+ Museum Founding Patron.

Katie de Tilly

Claire Hsu

Claire Hsu is Co-founder and Executive Director of Asia Art Archive. She sits on the Board of The Foundation for Arts Initiatives, and the Museum and Acquisition Boards of M+ of the West Kowloon Cultural District. She serves on the Asia Advisory Board of Tate Research Centre. Claire is the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Starr Foundation Fellowship (2003), selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2013) and recently awarded the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award (2018). Hsu received a BA in Chinese and History, and an MA in History of Art from SOAS, University of London.

Claire Hsu

Akira Tetehata:Art critic and Poet

President of Tama Art University, Tokyo; Director of The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; Director of Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo; Chairman of Japanese Council of Art Museums. 1947 Born in Kyoto; 1972 Graduated from Waseda Universtity, Tokyo; 1976 - 91 Curator, The National Museum of Art, Osaka; 1986 Visiting Research fellow, Whitney Museum, New York; 1990, 93 Japanese Commissioner, Biennale di Venezia; 1991-2005 Professor, Tama Art University; 2001 Artistic Director, Yokohama Triennale; 2002-03 Visiting scholar at Columbia University and UC Berkeley University; 2005-10 Director, The National Museum of Art, Osaka; 2010 Artistic Director, Aich Triennale; 2011 - 15 President, Kyoto City University of Arts; 2015 - President, Tama Art University; 2017 Artistic Director, Culture City of East Asia Project; 2018 Received Memorial Award of 50 years anniversary of Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Akira Tetehata

Danny YUNG

Mr Danny Yung is a household name in arts and culture in Asia. Yung is a pioneer of experimental art, theater performance, video, and installation art in the Sinophone region, and the Co-Artistic Director of Zuni Icosahedron (www.zuni.org.hk) – Hong Kong’s leading experimental arts collective. Yung is the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards Artist of the Year 2015, a Fukuoka Prize Laureate (2014), the recipient of the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009), and of the UNESCO Music Theatre NOW Award (2008).
Born in Shanghai, China in 1943. At the age of five, he moved to Hong Kong with his family. After finishing secondary school, he went to the United States to attend the University of California at Berkeley and obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture. He then went on to graduate school at Columbia University, where he earned a master's degree in urban design. In the past 40 years, Yung’s original theatre productions are over 100, as director, scriptwriter, producer and/or stage designer, which were staged in cities across the world, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Toga, Singapore, Taipei, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Brussels, Berlin, Munich, London, Lisbon, Rotterdam and New York. Yung keeps a close watch on the arts and cultural policy and education development in Hong Kong as well as in the Asia Pacific regions.

Danny YUNG

Sunjung Kim:President, Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Sunjung Kim is a curator and the current president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Since 2012, Kim has also been artistic director of the Real DMZ Project, which researches various issues surrounding the Korean demilitarized zone. From 1993 to 2004, Kim was the deputy director of Art Sonje Center in Seoul, where she later served as the director from 2016 to 2017. At Art Sonje Center, Kim notably curated solo exhibitions showcasing Martin Creed (2009), Haegue Yang (2010), and Abraham Cruzvillegas (2015). In 2005, Kim was appointed the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, and has held positions at the following institutions: Platform Seoul (Artistic Director, 2006-2010), Media City Seoul at SeMA (Artistic Director, 2010), Round Table at the 9th Gwangju Biennale (Artistic co-director, 2012), and the ACC Archive & Research department at the Institute of Asian Cultural Development in Gwangju (Artistic Director, 2014 – 2015).

Sunjung Kim

Agenda

  • 11.4(Sun.)
  • Participants Arrive at Shanghai & Make Registration

  • 11.5(Mon.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Inaugural Ceremony & Lecture by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev: Ecology of Curatorial Practice
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Yongwoo Lee: Biennale Politics
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Yongwoo Lee

  • 11.6(Tue.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Li Naihan: Why have there been no great woman architect?
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Li Naihan

  • 11.7(Wed.)
  • 11:00-12:30 12th Shanghai Biennale guided by Shi Hantao
    14:00-15:30 Lecture by Cuauhtémoc Medina: On the Ideas of 12th Shanghai Biennale and Beyond
    15:30-17:00 Lecture and seminar led by Shi Hantao: How to Make It Happen——On the 12th Shanghai Biennale

  • 11.8(Thu.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Visiting West Bund Art & Design
    14:30-17:00 Self-tour for museums and galleries in the West Bund

  • 11.9(Fri.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Studio visit and onsite discussion: Liu Jianhua
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Hans Ulrich Obrist:Making the Invisible,Visible:Art Meets AI
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Hans Ulrich Obrist

  • 11.12(Mon.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Carol Yinghua Lu: From Research to Exhibition---A Case Study of Curating Practice of "Salon Salon Exhibition"
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Carol Yinghua Lu
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Aric Chan: Re-centering the global
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Aric Chan

  • 11.13(Tue.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Presentation of projects realized by Participating Curators
    14:30-16:00 Instructions on Group Projects by Yongwoo Lee
    16:00-17:00 Presentation of projects realized by Participating Curators

  • 11.14(Wed.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Presentation of projects realized by Participating Curators
    14:30-17:00 Presentation of projects realized by Participating Curators

  • 11.15(Thu.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Sunjung Kim
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Sunjung Kim
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Yu Ding: Text Narration and Visual Narration--Application of Document Archives in Curation Practice
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Yu Ding

  • 11.16(Fri.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Site visit and onsite discussion: ShanghART Gallery (Taopu Space)
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Zhang Haimeng: The Big Data and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Zhang Haimeng

  • 11.19(Mon.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Gong Yan: Public Institutions and their Audiences
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Gong Yan
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Larys Frogier: A Museum as A Boat
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Larys Frogier

  • 11.20(Tue.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Wiyu Wahono:Collecting Contemporary Art-An Intellectual or a Sensory Experience?
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Wiyu Wahono
    14:00-18:00 Site visit, exhibition viewing and onsite discussion: Zhujiajiao

  • 11.21(Wed.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Karen Smith: Presenting and Interpreting Contemporary Art in/from China
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Karen Smith
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Li Xiangning: Curating for Contemporary Chinese Architecture
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Li Xiangning

  • 11.22(Thu.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Group Discussion for the exhibition
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Biljana Ciric: A History of Exhibitions: Shanghai 1979-2006
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Biljana Ciric

  • 11.23(Fri.)
  • 10:30-12:30 Studio visit and onsite discussion: Ding Yi
    14:30-17:00 Gallery visit and onsite discussion: Qiao Space & Tank Shanghai

  • 11.24(Sat.)
  • 09:00-18:00 Cultural site visit: Wu Zhen

  • 11.26(Mon.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev: Art and Cross-disciplinary Practice
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Christov-Bakargiev
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Yongwoo Lee: Rethinking Multidisciplinarity on Curatorial Practice
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Yongwoo Lee

  • 11.27(Tue.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Wang Dawei: Shanghai International Art City
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Awang Dawei
    14:30-17:00 Site visit and onsite discussion:Shanghai International Art City(BAOWU Group)

  • 11.28(Wed.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Gao Shiming: The action book for the exhibition
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Gao Shiming
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Katie de Tilly: Art, Capital and Asia: The Rise of the Hong Kong Art Market
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Katie de Tilly

  • 11.29(Thu.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Claire Hsu: Generous Art Histories
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Clarie Hsu
    14:30-16:00 Lecture by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
    16:00-17:00 Seminar led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

  • 11.30(Fri.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Lecture by Tatehata Akira
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Tatehata Akira
    14:30-17:00 Presentation of the Project

  • 12.1(Sat.)
  • 10:00-17:00 Installation

  • 12.2(Sun.)
  • 10:00-12:30 Installation
    14:30-16:00 Review by Participating Curators
    16:00-17:00 Exhibition Opening

  • 12.4(Tue.)
  • 10:00-11:30 Special Lecture by Danny Yung: What is Cultural Laboratory?
    11:30-12:30 Seminar led by Danny Yung

Structure

Hosted by SAFA Formerly known as Shanghai Fine Arts (undergraduate) School established in 1959, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts was incorporated into the newly established Shanghai University in 1983 by inheriting the Shanghai style art spirit of Shanghai Fine Arts Training School founded by Liu Haisu in 1912. Since then, it changed name to the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University. In December 2016, the school was officially named as Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (SAFA). There are 5 first-class disciplines,13 undergraduate disciplines and 3 first-class doctoral degree disciplines. With the resources-generating effects from the international metropolis and the advantage of affiliating to the comprehensive university, SAFA has gathered a group of internationallyknown guest professors, including Frances Morris (Director, Tate Modern), Jean De Loisy (Director, Palais de Tokyo), Eva Franch i Gilabert (Director, AA School of Architecture), Italo Rota (Academic Director, Domus and NABA), Andrew Brewerton (Principal, Plymouth School of Art), and Daniel Moquay (Coordinator, Yves Klein Archive).
      In the future, SAFA will focus on the talents-works-influence trinitarian outcome, in order to forge an art creation and talents cultivation platform for home and abroad, with the overall art production system from talent discovery, quality-oriented education, to work creation, marketing and operation, and influence enhancement.

Organized by SIAC Research Institute established in June 2017, co-founded by the BAOWU Group, the world's second largest state-run steel company, and Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (SAFA). SIAC Research Institute serves as a professional think-tank with strategic consultancy to suggest on policies, project initiation, bidding standard, etc. for SIAC and the new campus of SAFA under construction. Besides, it provides organizational management for the Art City through branding and publicity, and leads relevant researches on software subjects around the constructions and needs of the new SAFA, in order to promote the infrastructure construction of the art city. The international art city will have essential facilities, such as an art academy, an art street, studios, museums, and association and entity of international art education etc. In 2017, the SIAC made an open call to the architects and teams for making proposals for the concept design of SAFA in SIAC, and invited domestic and foreign experts, scholars and elites to select the futuristic concept design that matches with the status of Shanghai. In 2018, SIAC held the international forum with the title of "Urban Transformation Through Art" in Shanghai, in collaboration with The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), League on Industrial Heritage in China, Shanghai University Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, BAOWU Group etc. With the vision of the "International Art City", the new integrated model of art, industry, cities, sustainability, and transformation was discussed. By forging ahead to the brand new urban industry development in 22nd century, it tries to create a city life entity covering artistic life, production and ecology in all aspects. It aims to drive the rebirth of industrial heritage with the efforts of SAFA students and faculties as local residents, revive the city industry with art education, reshape the ecology of social governance with humanistic wisdom, and build an ideal urban format with intelligent science and technology.

In collaboration with Shanghai Biennale First launched in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is not only China's most established and influential international biennale of contemporary art, but also one of the most important biennales in Asia. With its changing theme every two years, the biennale has always taken Shanghai as its primary focus, gathering the most talented and cutting-edge international curators and artists at the pinnacle of the industry, to explore the ultimate connection between urban life, contemporary art and the public. It has also become a large-scale biennale platform in Shanghai for the exchange and exhibition of contemporary art pieces. The theme of the 12th Shanghai Biennale is "Proregress". It originated from the Chinese title "Yubu" in ancient Chinese mythology. It proposes a kind of social life that should be faced in the face of the current complicated social life. Positive gestures and actions and implied the importance of seeking new ways of thinking. Cuauhtémoc Medina, the main curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale, and three curators: María Belén Sáez de Ibarra, Yukie Kamiya, Wang Weiwei, keenly saw this theme is for us to understand the validity of today's world, and then to connect it to the creation of art, as well as the ambiguity and contradiction that are common in the theme.
      They will present the audience with the latest masterpieces of nearly 70 contemporary artists who are renowned or up-and-coming. The Shanghai Biennale will work with the audience to explore all kinds of interesting topics behind this series of works, and look forward to leading us through the paradox of culture and art in the form of culture and art.

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