10:00–13:15, March 23, 2019
Contemporary art is living art. Its existence is a response to specific cultural, social, and political contexts of today. The international art community, which exists primarily to support the production of knowledge and art, does so by bringing artists, curators, critics, collectors, publishers, commercial galleries, non-profit institutions, and audiences together in a mutually beneficial relationship. This complex arrangement of people and institutions runs parallel to real world contexts, such as economy and politics. As the world is changing, contexts change with it. What is the relationship between art and society today? How is art being used for urban regeneration? What new forms of symbiosis is there between different sectors of the art world? These are just three of many questions to be explored when discussing Art Ecologies.
Panel A: High and Mighty: Big Vision and Urban Regeneration
10:00–11:30, March 23
As urban centers are growing worldwide, this conversation will be addressing new developments in Chinese urban development with important international perspectives. Is it possible for art and culture to ‘get in front’ of regeneration? Professionals from different regions weigh in on the strengths of what is possible, how regeneration is different in a range of cultures, as well as how to make space for the vision of the unimaginable.
Amy Sherlock (Moderator)
Deputy Editor of frieze Magazine
CEO of SevenStar Group and Founder of 798 Art Zone
Founder & Principal Partner of MAD Architects
Panel B: Grassroots: Accessory or Necessity?
11:45–13:15, March 23
This conversation will be addressing perspectives on what a healthy art ecology looks like. How does the complexity of an art community changes from region to region? As it is important to have growth in diverse aspects on any community, art, market or otherwise, what nurtures long term growth most effectively? Art professionals offer frank perspectives from in and out of China, reflecting on a wide, global context.
Mari Spirito (Moderator)
The Curator of Beijing Art Summit
Founder of The Bunker, DRC No. 12 and Tattoo Parlour, Beijing
Chief Curator of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Founding Director of Delfina Foundation