Visions of Urban Change in China: A Conversation with Daniel Brook and Hu Fang
September 20, 2013; 6:00 p.m.
Copresented with Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC-SF)
Museum Theater. Admission free
Join noted journalist Daniel Brook and Guangzhou-based writer and curator Hu Fang for a conversation in which historical and fictional visions of Chinese urbanization converge. The authors discuss their latest books—Brook’s critically acclaimed A History of Future Cities and Hu’s highly imaginative Garden of Mirrored Flowers—and engage in a wide-ranging dialogue that intersects with the issues explored in the work of Yang Fudong. Followed by a book signing.
Brook’s A History of Future Cities features Shanghai—at one time the fastest-growing city on earth—among four major metropolitan hubs that became “instant cities” in the nineteenth century. Shanghai, where Yang Fudong himself lives and works, can be seen to embody all the promise and contradictions of twenty-first-century China. Hu’s Garden of Mirrored Flowers, which tells the fictional story of an architect who designs a theme park, comments on issues of urban planning, consumerism, and the struggles of creative practitioners in China today. Influenced by Yang’s film-based work, the book is also an adaptation of the Qing dynasty novel Flower in the Mirror.
Conceived by Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC-SF) in collaboration with BAM/PFA, the program is a featured event of Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013. For further information about ACAC-SF and Asian Contemporary Art Week, please visit asiancontemporarysf.org.