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Special Artistic Zone

Curator: Liu Yuyang
1-31 October, 2011

During the 2011 Chengdu Biennale, the Go West Project will present the ‘Special Artistic Zone’, a one-night event investigating the conditions for a cultural life in emerging megacities. Go West brings together key persons from the cultural field of the megacity Chengdu, by organizing an outdoor tea session on 2 October. Specialists from eight different disciplines will discuss subjects related to cultural life, in a relaxed and private atmosphere.

The main question on eight different tables: What conditions do emerging cities need, to develop a flourishing and profound cultural life?

By documenting how the evening and its discussions progress, Go West will grasp new insights and perspectives about cultural life in the contemporary city. Governments, real estate developers and architects can use the answers of this experiment, when striving to turn their city into a cultural hotspot – the ambition of so many cities in China, and the world for that matter.

And after all, the best ideas are exchanged over tea…