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The 11th Annual Conference, the Centre for Chinese Visual Art, Birmingham City University 

Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese art

A Leverhulme International Network Project 

10-11 September 2018, School of Art, Birmingham City University

6 pm, 10 September, conference exhibition private view.

Tradition stands in the first instance for the heritage – including its intangible dimensions – of cultural activities and products whose possible extinction is now sharply profiled by relentless social adjustments to standardised industrial production, transnational distribution, mass marketing, centralised media flows, and patterns of imagination. In China, traditions have been interrupted. To reflect critically upon this cultural anxiety, will tradition reinvent the past for the future and translate from China to the world? This unique situation in China provides contemporary artists with challenges and opportunities, as traditions are constantly reassessed, and reinvented. We invited more than 20 leading researchers, curators and artists worldwide to share and discuss, including the four keynote speakers, Professor Qiu Zhijie (Curator of China Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale), Dr Pi Li (M+, Hong Kong), Professor Oliver Moore (University of Groningen) and Professor Michael Hitchcock (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Everyday Legend