Participants

Li Jun

Li Jun (aka Zi Jie) is an illustrator, writer, and activist. From his participation in the socially-engaged initiative“East Lake Art Project”, where he co-organized performances and installations with local artists, he started to focus on the issues of urbanization, capitalism, and public spaces. Li is selected from BCAF’s“Poke Project—Publication Opportunities for Young Writers”. His work has been included in groupexhibitionssuchas“RebelCities”atYangArtMuseum,Beijing(2017)“, TheNightmareofExhibition (part II)”at Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2015),“Hinterland Project”at Times Museum, Guangzhou (2015),“MANGA PLANET, Chinese Comix Alternative”at Pompidou, Paris (2012), and“SEE/SAW: collective practice in china now”at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012), etc. 

YangXin

Yang Xin (b. 1987) was born in Hunan province, China. She graduated from the printmaking department of Central Academy of Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree in 2012. She has been exhibited in Seoul Museum of Art and Gymnasium, Seoul (2016), Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul (2015); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2012); University Buffalo Art Museum, Buffalo (2011), among others. Most recently, she had a solo exhibition at SPACE STATION, Beijing (2016). 

Guo Hongwei

Born in Sichuan Province in 1982, Guo Hongwei graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2002 and currently lives and works in Beijing. He has achieved wide renown for his mastery of the watercolor technique, culminating in large-scale watercolors depicting objects from the natural world depicted with scrupulous fidelity exhibited in Painting is Collecting I, II, III at Chambers Fine Art in 2012. In these as in his works in other media, the metaphorical associations of the objects he represents have always been of particular importance to him, a way of thinking about the world that reached a climax in his 2014 exhibition, The Great Metaphorist, in which he used as the thematic core of this exhibition the twenty minute drive that he makes several times a day between his house and studio in Beijing. Guo Hongwei's recent oil paintings further narrow his search for the material essence of the objects he depicts. He prepares each brushstroke separately with a unique mixture of varnish and mixed media to portray the particular characteristics of his subject matter, whether it be the cool sheen of corrugated metal, or the soft folds of a weathered tablecloth. 

Song Dong

Beijing-based Song Dong has emerged from a strong Chinese avant-garde performing arts community and developed into a significant contemporary art figure in the evolution of Chinese conceptual art. Song graduated from the fine arts department of Capital Normal University in Beijing in 1989. His work ranges from performance and video to photography and sculpture, exploring notions of impermanence and the transience of human endeavor. He has presented a number of solo exhibitions at MoMA, Groningen Museum, The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, UCCA, and Rockbund Museum. He has also participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta, the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale, and the Gwangju Biennale.

In 2012, he was named the“Power 100 of Chinese Contemporary Art: Artist of the Year”while also receiving the“The First Kiev International Biennale Award”. His other honors have included the San Francisco Certificate of Honour (2011), the Grand Award of The Gwanju Biennale in Korea (2006), and the Artron Art China Awards (2010) as the Artist of the Year (Video and Installation). He was also recognized in 2000 as the UNESCO/ASCHBERG Bursary Laureate. 

Christopher Ho

Christopher K. Ho (b. Hong Kong, 1974) is known for multi-component projects that are both materially specific and conceptually expansive. He is simultaneously an artist, curator, critic, and educator based in New York and Hong Kong. His forthcoming solo exhibition at the Bronx Museum (October 2018) draws from his lived experience as a Western-educated member of the Chinese diaspora. He has exhibited at, among others, Para Site, Storm King, the Queens Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Des Moines Art Center, Dallas Contemporary, TSA New York, JOAN, MASSMoCA, the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, 179 Canal, and Socrates Sculpture Park. He participated in the Incheon Biennial, the Chinese Biennial Beijing, and the Busan Bienniale, and is currently at work on an augmented reality project for Art Production Fund. The New York Times, Artforum, LEAP, RanDian, China Daily, Art in America, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, and ArtReview have reviewed his work. He received his BFA and BS from Cornell University and his MPhil from Columbia University, and teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and at MICA. 

Michael L. Royce

Michael Royce is the Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) www.nyfa.org, a 45 year old service organization that serves emerging artists, arts administrators, and arts organizations through grants, online resources and professional development training. During his time at NYFA, Michael has raised and managed over $100 million dollars worth of programming and services.

In this capacity, Michael has worked with institutions such as the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the New Jersey State Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Korean Cultural Service, among others, serving on panels that award public dollars to excellent cultural not for profits. He was the co- chair of Grantmakers in the Arts Individual Artists Group Steering Committee for three years, and currently chairs the musical affairs committee for the University Club located in Manhattan. As a trustee, he served on the New York Council of Nonprofits, the Jersey City Museum, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Rebecca Kelley Ballet. He also served on the Manhattan Community Board 5 for several years. Additionally Michael received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his contributions to the arts and was selected to be on the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts by Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York). 

Moderator: He Lijun

He Lijun is an assistant professor in Nonprofit Management at Pace University in New York. He Lijun earned the doctoral degree in Philanthropic Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Management at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2015. During her Ph.D. studies, Lijun was recognized with the following awards: Wilson Faculty Fellow (2015), Elite 50 graduate (2015), Emerging Scholar by the Association of Research for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (2014), a fellow of the Tobias Leadership for Excellence (2013), and as a Ford Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation Research Fellow (2013-2014).

Lijun worked at various nonprofit organizations, including China-Europa Forum, the Department of Planned Giving and Major Gifts at the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, the Grants Program Department at Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, and the Global Philanthropy Department at the Council on Foundations in Arlington, Virginia. She also helped build China's first Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management undergraduate program at Beijing Normal University Zhuhi, managed a project on Burmese refugees at the International Center and was an ambassador for Nexus Beijing in 2012. She currently serves as an advisor on various organizations, including Dengfei Foundation (Boston), Committee on Development & Alumni Relations and Government & Community Relations under Board of Trustees of Pace University, P.E.A.R.L. (Pacific Education, Advocacy, Research and Learning) at New York University, and a Chinese headhunting agency on philanthropy talent. 

Zhang Biwei

Zhang Biwei, founder and director of Art Dream. While at the University, she assisted school founding the alumni association, integrated the alumni resources of the past 60 years, and solved one third of the students' problem of employment. After graduation she delayed Harvard and Stanford University study, holding the opinion that public welfare industry should be a powerful speaker and practitioner protecting public interest. She founded Art Dream with 90’s from top universities over the world. In 2017, she was selectedto“ForbesChina30under30”inthefieldofSocialEnterpriseandEducation,andbeinginvited to New York as a representative of 300 world youth elites to attendant Goalkeepers in New York on 19th and 20th September. 

Jia Rong

Jia Rong is the Deputy General Manager of Beijing Dashilar & Liulichang Culture Development Limited., the Executive Director of the Dashilar Project, Co-founder of the Dashilar Platform and the Chief Planner of Dashilar Design Community on Beijing Design Week.

As one of the leading creators, Jia Rong has studied and launched the Dashilar Project, made an unprecedented example of practicing and activating the organic renewal and soft development of cities through city planning and combined diverse areas including city planning, construction, design, art, history and culture. Her cooperation with Beijing Design Week is pioneering in the new model of crossover revival of urban renewal through design. 

Irving Chan Gomez

Irving Chan Gomez is part of B Lab's Global team where he supports current Global Partners (Latin America, Europe, the UK, and Australia/New Zealand) and helps develop processes to engage with new regions (China and Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, and East Africa) with the mission to make a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Previous to joining the Global Partnerships team, Irving supported the Strategic Growth and Mission alignment teams at B Lab. Irving also has experience working as sustainability consultant for different types of organizations around the world. He has worked with SAB Miller's operations in Colombia, La Confiserie Souloquoise in Haiti and Frog Song Organics Farm in Florida. In addition, he has also worked as Research and Extension Associate for the Floriculture Research Alliance where he focused on resource reduction practices to support growers in Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa.

Irving has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development Practice with Minors in Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management from the University of Florida and Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of the Americas Puebla, in Mexico. 

Christopher van Bergen

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for Nest (www.buildanest.org), a nonprofit which for more than a decade has been building a more circular global artisan economy by which craftspeople, brands, and consumers are connected through transparency, education and macro-scale solution building.

As Nest’s COO, Chris oversees all of Nest’s programming, working with over 350 artisan businesses across 50+ countries as well as leading brands. He has helped spearhead Nest’s Artisan Advancement Project: an unprecedented industry-wide initiative to bring ethical compliance training, assessment, and remediation to the informal economy for global craft production, ensuring that the millions of people working from homes and small workshops around the world are visible, protected, and empowered. 

MaKe

Ma Ke, as one of the most influential Chinese designers, became famous for starting China’s first designer brand EXCEPTION de Mixmind but quitted in 2006. She then became the first one in China to present in Paris Haute Couture Week. Her works were exhibited in museums in France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, U.S. and Japan. She then founded Wuyong Studio, a social enterprise dedicated to inheriting as well as innovating traditional folk handicrafts and rejuvenating folk arts in the modern society with original handmade items. Since 2013, Ma Ke has attracted people’s attention and compliments for her designs for China’s first lady.

In 2014, Wuyong Living Space, was unveiled in Beijing, to showcase and sell handmade items (clothes, food and household items) that covers almost all aspects of life. The daily necessities made by Wuyong are natural and handmade with the aim to call for people’s attention on simplicity, harmony with the nature, environmental protection and sustainability. Since the founding of Wuyong, Ma Ke has become a comprehensive creator in cultural and art field. Ma Ke then presented her works in the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in China Pavilion and her exhibition on traditional handmade oiled-paper umbrellas won DFA Grand Award for culture in 2016. In the same year, Wuyong was listed as one of China’s top 10 fashion brands among top 100 private design companies. 

Victor Y. Yuan

Dr. Victor Yuan is chairman of Dataway Horizon, which is founded in 1992, providing data intelligence service for decision-making from data-recruiting to data-mining. He founded Pegasus in 2011, committing to incubating and accelerating the entrepreneurial & innovative companies. And he is also president of YES: Horizon Center of Youth Entrepreneurship for Society, cultivating talented youth in the field of public welfare and pushing forward the development and social engagement of Chinese youth.


Ma Libo

Ma Libo leads the CSR team, supporting the JD group (including JD.com, JD Finance and JD Logistics) for sustainable programming and capacity building, internal social innovation and charity projects. In 2014, she was charged with establishing the JD Corporate Foundation and TianQiang Family Charity Fund, focusing on rural education and poverty relief. In 2017, by leveraging JD’s core advantages of large numbers of authentic goods and fast logistics system, she creatively set up a material raising platform gongyi.m.jd.com, on which JD’s 230 million active users could buy goods with fair price and donate directly to the recipient who needs help, skipping the intermediate steps. The platform gains the JD internal innovation award recently. 

Hank Cauley

Hank Cauley leads the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Conservation International’s team that works across a range of industries to create and implement sustainable business practices to deliver benefits for local people and the environment -- and the bottom line. Hank brings to this mission over 25 years of creating and delivering value to stakeholders in both the nonprofit and business sectors. With a background in chemical engineering and business, he applies innovative thinking to create bold actions that improve business practices and the lives of people all around the world. Past projects include starting an energy-saving program in Somalia, launching a sustainable timber business in Papua New Guinea, and protecting large sections of Australia’s outback.

Prior to joining CI, Hank was a Senior Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts in the planning and evaluation group and a lecturer at Yale University. He has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Sun Zhixiang

Sun Zhixiang takes charge of public affairs and sustainability department for JD.com. Before joining JD in March, 2017, he was the director of China Marrow Donor Program (CMDP), a subsidiary to the Red Cross Society of China. Prior to that, he had successively held senior positions at Beijing Social Work Committee, Beijing Social Service Office, Beijing Civil Affair Bureau. He had 18 years working in government system and has rich experience in social work management and civil affairs development research. He graduated from Renmin University of China in 1999, majoring in sociology. 

Felix W. Ortiz

Felix W. Ortiz is the Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly. He was born and raised in La Playa de Salinas, Puerto Rico. In 1980, he became the first member of his family to move to the United States. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1983 from Boricua College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University in 1986. Ortiz served in the United States Army from 1986 to 1988.

Assistant Speaker Ortiz currently serves as a member of the Ways and Means, Rules, Corrections and Labor Committees. He is the past chair of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and is an active member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Throughout his tenure Ortiz has served as Chair of Cities, Mental Health, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Veterans Affairs Committees.

He is also Vice-President of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA USA), Executive Board Member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Council of State Governments (CSG). He co-founded and served as President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) and is an Ex-Officio Board Member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

Ortiz is nationally and internationally recognized as an elected official who is not afraid to tackle unpopular issues and forge solutions on behalf of the people he represents. His cutting edge legislation aims to not only improve the health and well-being of children, families and immigrants of New York State, but the health and well-being of the people of the United States of America.


Film Series - Cai Shangjun

Cai Shangjun is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. Cai graduated from the Central Academy of Dramain 1992. Since then, his major work has been that of a professional screenwriter. Cai was part of the team, along with Zhang Yang, Diao Yi'nan, and Liu Fendou, that co-wrote the screenplays for two of Zhang's films: Spicy Love Soup (1997) and Shower (1999). Cai also cowrote a script for Zhang's Sunflower (2005). In 2007, Cai directed his first film, The Red Awn, which won the FIPRESCIPrize at the 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. In 2011, Cai won the Silver Lion for the Best Director at the 68th Venice International Film Festival with the film People Mountain People Sea.

 
Black Coal Thin Ice

China/123 minutes/2017

Director: Cai Shangjun

Screenplay: Gu Xiaobai, Gu Zheng, Cai Shangjun

Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai

Producers: Li Xing, Cai Shangjun

Cast: Huang Bo, Song Jia


Ex-cop Zhang Zili, seriously wounded five years earlier while working on a gruesome coal-plant murder case, was forced to retire from the police force due to his injuries. Five years later, the killer strikes again, and Zhang, now a factory security guard is determined to redeem himself and solve the case on his own. After his investigation, he discovers that all of the victims seem to be related to a mysterious woman named Wu Zhizhen who works in a dry cleaning shop. Zhang ends up falling in love with her, but in uncovering the truth finds himself in great danger. 


Film Series - Cao Baoping

Script WriterMotion Picture Film DirectorFilm ProducerExecutive Producer. Professor of Department of Literature in Beijing Film Academy.He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989, and spent most of the 1990s-teaching screenwriting at his alma mater. Cao would go on to expand into directing television and television films, co-directing the television film Absolute Emotion in 2001. His solo debut as director was 2006's Trouble Makers, a satirical black comedy about a village taking revenge on a gang of hoodlums. Due to its rough content, Trouble Makers faced a host of problems from censors and spent six years in gestation before finally being released. The film premiered at the 2006 Shanghai International Film Festival, where it was called by Variety's Derek Elley as a standout entry. In 2008, Cao followed up Trouble Makers with The Equation of Love and Death, starring Zhou Xun. The film was well received and Cao would win a best new director award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival for his efforts.

AWARDS

-      2015 18th Shanghai International Film Festival

     Best Director Cao Baoping

     Best Actor    Deng Chao, Duan Yihong, Guo Tao

-      11th Chinese American Film Festival--Best Film

-      2016 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards     

     Best Film

     Best Screenplay Cao Baoping, Mia Jiao



The Dead End

China/139 minutes/2015

Director: Cao Baoping

Screenplay: Cao Baoping, Jiao Huajing

Cinematography: Luo Pan

Cast: Deng Chao, Duan Yihong, Guo Tao, Wang Luodan


It is a story about the redemption of three man, a cab driver who never takes credit for helping others, a auxiliary policeman who never asks for promotion even when he risks his life to serve justice, and a fisherman who voluntarily takes care of an orphan girl. All of them lead a quiet and normal life, but never in a second are them at peace with their conscience. Seven years of running yet the past still catches up with them. With the showing up of new detective Guchun Yi, the truth of the once sensational Termination Document begins to surface.


Film Series - Cheng Er

Graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1999, director of the Chinese mainland director, screenwriter, editor.

In 1999 shooting 35mm movie short film "criminal", any screenwriter, director, splicing. At the first independent image exhibition in 1999, and participated in the French Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival short film competition, Busan International Film Festival short film competition, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Spanish International Film Festival and the New York University Film Festival Movie Unit. 2013 by virtue of the second film directed "border situation" won the 13th Chinese Film Media Award for best new director award, the Chinese media award best film award and a series of awards. In 2014 directed by Zhang Ziyi, Ge You starred in the film "Floating dreams”.

AWARDS

-      2013 13th Chinese Film Media Awards—Best Film



Lethal Hostage

China/97 minutes/2012

Director: Cheng Er

Screenplay: Cheng Er

Producers: Zhang Ning, Liu Kailuo, Chen Xi

Cast: Sun Honglei, Wang Luodan, Yang Kun, Zhang Mo, Ni Dahong


China and Myanmar border drug trafficking ravaged, Yunnan town of anti-drug policeinadvertently by the killer found a major drug trafficking crime clues, and all signs are pointing to the gang boss drug lords. At this time, the drug lord because of the gang struggle was betrayed alive buried, his young wife hesitate to accompany her husband died, God is to fulfill them.

Time back more than ten years, the former gangster boss with a trusted drug lord 350 for drug trafficking. Transaction failure, drug lord doping dentist young daughter Xiao An as hostages, fled back to Myanmar. Drug lords support small An grow up, the two married couple. Grew up after the small security refused his father's call, insisted to follow the police have been monitored drug lords. Police hunt, gang to kill, love father resentment, under the siege Sun Honglei can finish the last vote, with Wang Luo Dan desperate survival, towards happiness.


Film Series - Diao Yinan

Diao Yinan is a leading figure in China‟s avant-garde theater, and has also written numerous screenplays. He graduated with a degree in literature and screenwriting from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. His avant-garde plays include: A Fastrunner or Nowhere to Hide, Pavel Korchigan, and Comrade Ah Q. His screenplays for other directors include: Spicy Love Soup, Shower, All the Way and Eternal Moment. As an actor, he starred in Yu Likwai‟s independent feature All Tomorrows Parties, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival in 2003. He wrote and directed his debut feature Uniform in 2003; the film went on to win the Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was released in several countries. He wrote and directed his second feature, Night Train in 2007; it premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival the same year, winning critical acclaim for its minimalist style and it secured distribution throughout Europe. In 2014 he wrote and directed his third feature Black Coal, Thin Ice.

AWARDS

-      2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards—Cinematography, Dong Jingsong

-      2014 Beijing Student Film Festival--Best Director Diao Yi'nan

-      2014 Berlin International Film Festival

·         Golden Berlin Bear-Diao Yi'nan

·         Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actor Liao Fan

-      2014 Golden Horse Film Festival-Best Art Direction, Liu Qiang

-      2015 Asian Film Awards

·         Best Actor - Liao Fan

·         Best Screenwriter – Diao Yi’nan


Black Coal Thin Ice

China/110 minutes/2014

Director: Diao Yi’nan

Screenplay: Diao Yi’nan

Cinematography: Dong Jinsong

Producers: Vivian Qv, Wan Juan

Cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing


Ex-cop Zhang Zili, seriously wounded five years earlier while working on a gruesome coal-plant murder case, was forced to retire from the police force due to his injuries. Five years later, the killer strikes again, and Zhang, now a factory security guard is determined to redeem himself and solve the case on his own. After his investigation, he discovers that all of the victims seem to be related to a mysterious woman named Wu Zhizhen who works in a dry cleaning shop. Zhang ends up falling in love with her, but in uncovering the truth finds himself in great danger. 


Film Series - Xin Yukun

30, graduated in Cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy. Hisshort-film "Seven Nights" was selected in many festivals. He has worked 3 years on the writing of script of "The Coffin in the Mountain"

AWARDS

- 2014 Xining FIRST Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Director

- 2014 Venice International Film Critics Week – Akai Award of Best New Director



The Coffin in the Mountain

China/119 minutes/2014

Director: Xin Yukun

Screenplay: Xin Yukun

Producer: Ren Jiangzhou

Cast: Huo Weimin, Wang Xiaotian, Luo Yun


A young man who tries to get away from the power of his father, accidentally kills a local ruffian. He runs away but his destiny is tightly tied to his father.

A woman who has been suffering domestic violence for years finds comfort from her ex-lover. As she plans to murder her husband, the news of the latter’s death arrives.

The honest chief of a village plans to retire, but while dealing with an extraordinary event related to his son, a big black hole opens in front of him.


Live Music Performances - The Molochs

First, let’s meet Moloch. You remember him, right? The ancient god, the child eater, the demander of sacrifice, the villain in Ginsberg’s “Howl” (and also real life) and now the personal antagonist of singer and songwriter Lucas Fitzsimons, who named his band the Molochs because he knew he’d have to make sacrifices to get what he needed, and because he always wanted a reminder of the Ginsbergian monster he’d be fighting against. And so this is how you make a record right now: you fight for every piece, and when Moloch takes apart your relationships and career potential and leaves you sleeping on couches or living in terrifying apartments and just about depleted from awful people involving you in their awful decisions, you grab a bottle of wine (and laugh at the cliché) and put together another song. And once you do that eleven hard-won times in total, you get a record like America’s Velvet Glory: honest, urgent, desperate, and fearless because of it.

Live Music Performances - Cotillon

Cotillon is the musical pseudonym of Jordan Corso, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose music is a low-key but appealing fusion of indie rock, psychedelia, surf guitar, and pop from various eras, all filtered through Corso’s oblique but engaging lyrical sensibilities. The Cotillon story begins when Corso was living in Los Angeles and working an unrewarding office job; Corso had been playing guitar since he was a child, and he started working on songs during his lunch breaks to relieve the monotony. A busted romance gave Corso plenty to write about, and eventually he opted to form a band to perform his new material. Teaming with friend and guitarist Zachary Miller and the rhythm section of Christopher Norman and Michael Madeiros, Corso named the new trio Cotillon, and the group released its first EP, Votive Flower, in the fall of 2012. The EP received enthusiastic reviews from the West Coast indie press, and a second EP, White Roses, appeared in the spring of 2013. Chet “JR” White of the indie pop act Girls was bowled over by the first two EPs from Cotillon, and offered to produce an album for the group. The band booked time at EastWest Studios (formerly Western Recorders, where the Beach Boys cut Pet Sounds), and Corso later traveled to San Francisco to do overdubs and mixing with White at his home studio.

Live Music Performances - HYUKOH

Meet the four 23-year-olds who stirred up the Korean indie scene, proudly claiming the title Band of the New Generation just one year after their debut. The band expresses the essence of youth—wild and free, but also empty and deserted— not only in their music, but also through their videos, fashions, and performances, offering indie-rock soulfulness in a sea of K-pop. 

Live Music Performances - Ma Di

Beijing folk idol and poet Ma Di emerged in recent years as one of the most acclaimed young musicians of the city’s folk-rock scene. His songs deal with the joys and sorrows of being a young person in China’s capital, blending of traditional styles with Western folk traditions. Ma Dis hit song Nan Shan Nan is popular anthem all over China, and in 2015, he headlined Beijings Workers Stadium, one of the most prominent arenas in the country. He also runs the boutique record label Sesame Leaves (Mayouye 麻油叶), and last year toured the US for the first time, including performing at the Modern Sky Festival in New York City.

Live Music Performances - Xie Tian Xiao

Originally from Shandong, on Chinas east coast, rock star Xie Tian Xiao (aka XTX) studied Chinese opera as a child, but turned to rock at age 14, when he borrowed a guitar and taught himself to play.

A rebellious, ironic rock star at a time when China had few domestic models to look to, XTX got his start in Beijing in the mid-1990s, forming the grunge act Cold Blooded Animal and releasing the bands self-titled debut on underground rock label Scream Records in 2000. A 2002 tour of the US, during which Cold Blooded Animal became the first Mainland rock band to perform at SXSW, and two years living in the States, honed XTX’s vision. To his grunge anthems, XTX started adding guzheng (a classical stringed zither), plucked with glam-rock flair. 

Live Music Performances - Calvin Love

Calvin Love is striving to be a demigod of the highway. An artist driven by a vision that seems to haunt and seduce him. That could be the word. Seduction, as opposed to the banal force of production. People make music. The person reading this probably makes music. Or maybe some other kind of art. Who knows. For you, and for me, and for everyone lucky enough to be familiar with him, Calvin Love is the quintessential artist as inspiration. A person who peers into himself to reveal something about the world that might otherwise go unarmed, or perhaps merely felt and never properly articulated. I see Calvin at an intersection in every city on earth, unmasking the hidden wonder, the past as construed by movies and the archetypes that populate our minds. The hitchhiker.

Live Music Performances - BRIAN HILL AND THE NOH STARRS

Brian started making his way into the New York scene as a hired touring guitarist for the bands Chairlift and Tamaryn. While playing a show with the latter in Los Angeles, he met the gaze-rockers of Froth, and the band’s cover of a Brian Eno song instantly sparked a friendship between them. Lead singer Joo Joo Ashworth offered to let Hill crash in his spare room in LA, and soon the pair began sharing their respective demos. This encounter, and the early recordings, spurred their collaboration on what would become Brian’s debut album And the Noh Starrs.

Live Music Performances - HHH

Hip-hop crew HHH takes its Chinese name, Hong Hua Hui (“the fellowship of the red flower”), from Jin Yong’s famous martial-arts novel The Book and the Sword. Founding member K9999 gave the group the name of the fictional fellowship to instill a sense of group unity and of an unstoppable battle to the end, and with these core ideals, HHH’s star has quickly risen in China’s hip-hop scene.

Live Music Performances - A Si

A self-taught guitarist from Shanghai, A Si started writing music in 2009, just one year after she picked up a guitar for the first time. In 2010, she began posting her music on the Chinese site Douban, where her song “I Was Eating Fried Chicken in the People's Square” quickly made her name. In 2012, A Si signed to Modern Sky and her song “Skimming Over the Surface” was included on the compilation Modern Sky 7. Last year, she released her second full-length album, My Foolish Idealism, and performed at the Gothenburg Culture Festival in Sweden.

Live Music Performances - Re-TROS

Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) began in the underground music scene of Nanjing, China, in 2004. Hua Dong (lead singer/guitar/keys) had just returned from studying abroad in Germany and was drumming for seminal Chinese post-punk band P.K.14, when he formed the band with bassist Liu Min, now his wife. Soon, the couple moved to Beijing and brought on a local drummer.

 

The band quickly caught the attention of Beijing’s Modern Sky Records and were signed to the label in 2005. Shortly thereafter, they recorded their first EP Cut Off! in Modern Sky’s basement studio, with keyboard contributions by a visiting Brian Eno. The record received critical praise in China, and soon the band was playing sold-out shows to a growing legion of die-hard fans.

Live Music Performances - Edison Chen

Best known in the West for his roles in Hong Kong films like Infernal Affairs, Vancouver-born Edison Chen also put out a string of albums and mixtapes that blend rap and Cantopop. As a musician, he has collaborated with a roster of famous producers, including Sam Spiegel (N.A.S.A.), Grammy-winner James Fauntleroy, Brodinski, DJ Snake, and Nosaj Thing.

An influential player in the fashion world as well, he cofounded the streetwear like CLOT in 2003, and later created Clot Media Division, an artist management and production company. He’s one of the most recognized Asians in the world today, with more than 26 million followers on his microblog and 1.6 million Instagram followers.

Artist Residency & Public Art - Li Jun

(b.1985, Yulin, Guang Xi Province, China)

 

Li Jun (aka. Zi Jie) is an illustrator, writer, and activist. From his participation in the socially-engaged initiative "East Lake Art Project" where he co-organized performances and installations with local artists, he started to focus on the issues of urbanization, capitalism, and public spaces. Li is selected from BCAF’s Poke Project—Publication Opportunities for Young Writers.

Artist Residency & Public Art - Yu Fan

Yu Fan graduated from Fine Art Department of Shandong Art Institute in 1988. He went on to study for an MA in Sculpture from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and now teaches at its Sculpture Department. In the oeuvre of Beijing-based sculptor Yu Fan—whose recognizable creations are sleek, glossy, and delicate—disparate themes and characters collide. While one body of work is comprised of dainty mythical white horses, another series portrays elongated Chinese everymen. Yu’s work also present dialogues and exchanges within the history of Chinese and foreign sculpture. Yu renders his sculptures in fiberglass, copper, and bronze, making his shiny polished surfaces by covering primary elements with bright car varnishes. Yu’s work has been included in major exhibitions at the Israel National Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Chicago’s Smart Museum, in addition to the Shanghai Biennale.

Artist Residency & Public Art - Song Dong

Beijing-based Song Dong has emerged from a strong Chinese avant-garde performing arts community and developed into a significant contemporary art figure in the progression of Chinese conceptual art. Song graduated from the fine arts department of Capital Normal University in Beijing in 1989. His work ranges from performance and video to photography and sculpture, exploring notions of impermanence and the transience of human endeavor.

 

The artist was honored on various occasions including in 2012 when he won “Power 100 of Chinese Contemporary Art:  Artist of the Year” and in 2012 “The First Kiev International Biennale Award”. And in 2011 San Francisco Certificate of Honour. And in 2006 The Grand Award of The Gwanju Biennale in Korea, And in 2010 when he gained the Artron Art China (AAC) Awards as the Artist of the Year (Video and Installation). He was also recognized in 2000 as the UNESCO / ASCHBERG Bursary Laureate. 

China-US Cultural Forums - Chau Hiuman

The Designer Hiuman Chau studied fashion design in Paris and used to work with world-class masters like John Galliano. In 2008Hiuman Chau went back to China and established HIUMAN Studio. In 2016, She was invited by DONGLIANG to present HIUMAN 2016 S/S collection in Shanghai Fashion Week, under the support of ELLEMEN magazine.

With the application of flat cutting, HIUMAN’s clothes vary with each individual wearer’s shapes. Functional fabric and humanized design details are constantly used in the design of HIUMAN to enhance the utility in daily and outdoors wearing. Designer Hiuman Chau keeps seeking inspiration during traveling, and deeply blends her native culture and traditions into her design. Inspired by oriental aesthetics as structured by modern design approaches, HIUMAN hopes to show the perfect combination of clothing and culture through its distinctive design language.

China-US Cultural Forums - Angel Chen

Angel Chen is a designer label launched by Chinese fashion designer Angel Chen in August 2014 in Shen-zhen, China. Chen was graduated from Central Saint Martin BA Womenswear. Her final collection “Les Noces (The Wedding)” achieved the TOP 5 of the final selected graduates from CSM 2014 press show. She even received a great deal of attention by international medias such as The Times UK, Vogue UK and Evening standard. Chen uses bright colors and mix materials to create a childish, free-spirited, and quirky character for young people.

China-US Cultural Forums - Lu Yang

Lu Yang was born in 1984 in Shanghai, China. She received her MFA in New Media Art department in the China Academy of Art in 2010. Lu Yang Currently splits her time between Beijing and Shanghai.

She has become an increasingly important figure in the field of new media art and biological art. Using a variety of media: video, installation, animation, photography and video games, the artist unflinchingly explores existential issues about the nature of life and where it resides. Armed with a overlaying mix of strategies taken from Science, Religion, Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine, Games, Pop Culture and Music, among others, Lu Yang explores the often delusional belief and her own cosmology. Meanwhile, she highlights the biological and material determinants of our condition reminding us of our transient and fragile existence, but with an edge of dark humor that leaves no room for sentimentality.

Her works have been featured in important solo and group exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2011), Reactivation – Shanghai Biennale 2012 (Shanghai, 2012), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2013), Musée d’art contemporain of Lyon (Lyon, 2013), Momentum, CAC/Chronus Art Center, (Berlin, 2014), Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (Florida, 2014), The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (Fukuoka, 2014), The IV International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, 2014), etc. 

China-US Cultural Forums - Wu Min

Graduating from London College of Fashion in 2013, Wu made it as one of ten finalists chosen to present at the LCF MA showcase. She has been selected into Fashion Scout Graduation Show Case in September 2013.

In Feb 2014, Wu launched her first collection with Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week and was invited to the "BFC International Fashion Show Case Presents: Chinese New Fashion", as one of the London Based Chinese designers. Six months after, Wu showed with Fashion Scout Ones To Watch during London Fashion Week in Sep 2014.

Min Wu continues to explore the original beauty that is born from the deliberate combination of functional materials, with particular emphasis on technology and the reflection of his in the world today.