Salon III: Art and Society

Date: July 16th, 2011, 2 pm to 4.00 pm

Are artists nowadays increasingly driven by material incentives? The impacts of globalization and market economy are perceptible in the art scene as well, especially in China. The leading topic of this event will be how artists, not just in China but all over the world, cope with being torn between material success, artistic aspiration and social/political responsibility. In addition we want to discuss how the West is influencing Chinese artists and whether they make use of it to foster their own interests.

Chair:

Michael Kahn-Ackermann, Former Regional Director Goethe-Institut China, Senior Advisor to the Confucius Institute

Speakers:

Dr Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery for Contemporary Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Huang Du, Art critic 

Shu Kewen, deputy editor-in chief "Sanlian Lifeweek Magazine"

Language:

Chinese/English with simultaneous translation

Yi Shu 8
www.yishu-8.com

Salon IV: Enlightenment and Education

Date: July 17th, 2011, 2 pm to 4.00 pm

Although nearly a hundred years separated Wilhelm von Humboldt, co-founder of the institution that later became the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Cai Yuanpei, chancellor of Peking University on the eve of the Chinese Enlightenment, their goals were similar: to fundamentally reform the learning process. Did Cai Yuanpei and the educational reformers of the Chinese Enlightenment era merely follow their European forerunners? This salon, using the example of the two forward-looking Enlightenment thinkers von Humboldt and Cai Yuanpei, will explore the ideas and reform efforts of the European and Chinese Enlightenment movements with respect to education, a trend which fundamentally redefined the form, function and objectives of education. It will also include a discussion of different approaches to and intercultural concepts for education in the present day.

Chair:

Michael Kahn-Ackermann, Former Regional Director Goethe-Institut China, Senior Advisor to the Confucius Institute

Speakers:

Professor Dietrich Benner, Institute of Education, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and East China Normal University, Shanghai

Professor Peng Zhengmei, Institute of Educational Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai

Dr Wang Peili, Institute for Education, University of Cologne and Jesuits College, St. Blasien, Germany

Language:

German/Chinese with simultaneous translation

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
www.ucca.org.cn