Art and cosmopolitanism in the digital era
In a world fraught by strife and division and yet that is criss-crossed by a highly energised tangle of digital and human networks, what is the role of cosmopolitanism today? Is cosmopolitanism merely a dated Western concept or does it have more to offer than ever in terms of the resources it might provide to bridge gaps across seeming chasms of cultural difference or to explain the deep reserves of goodwill and commonality that sustain global interconnectedness? And what role might be played by the visual and sound arts in sustaining established relationships and forging new ones? In this conference we bring together scholars and arts practitioners from China, Australia, Europe and the US to explore these themes with the hope of setting new directions for the discussion of art and cosmopolitanism in the digital era.
A one-day symposium hosted by the School of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, and the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. This online forum is supported by funding from the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Zhejiang university. Convened by Associate Professor Jian Xiao (aesthetics studies, Zhejiang University).
This symposium aims to attract scholars and those with an interest in western and Chinese visual art and music and the role of art in building international cooperation and cohesion in an era of digital media; in art and art curatorship, in sound and music creation, and those interested in the intersections between the arts and digital media.
Session one: Minority, Internet Society and Futurism: Abby Chen, Danny Butt, Claire Roberts, Sunquan Huang.
Session two: Underground, Experimental and Sound: Guy Morrow, Jian Xiao, Jing Wang, Joel Stern.
Session three: Visual Art and Cosmopolitanism: Nikos Papastergiadis, Hanru Hou, Geert Lovink, Jieming Hu.