UCCA Beijing

Beyond the ‘Generic City’: Imagining Urban Futures


Location:  Auditorium

It is estimated that by 2030, two thirds of the global population will live in urban areas. In the West, China is regularly portrayed as a land of megacities where this future has already arrived. Endless images of towering glass and steel evoke what Rem Koolhaas in the mid-1990s described as ‘the generic city’: centre-less, without history, globally reproducible. But are any two cities really alike? What are the specific histories that shape them? And how might artists, architects, and urbanists help us imagine them differently?

Beatrice Leanza (Co-founder of The Global School and chief curator of the research project Across Chinese Cities) will be in conversation with founder of Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, Yung Ho Chang, and artist Sarah Morris, whose filmic portraits of cities are currently on show at UCCA. Introduced by Amy Sherlock (Deputy Editor of frieze, Frieze Art & Architecture Conference curator). The conversation will be held in UCCA’s Auditorium during Gallery Weekend Beijing.

Caption: Cui Jie, Shanghai Bank Tower 2, 2017, oil on canvas, 200x150cm. Courtesy the artist and motherstankstation Dublin & London

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Beatrice Leanza

A cultural strategist and design critic based in Beijing since 2002, Beatrice is the former creative director of Beijing Design Week (2013–16). She is chief curator of the ongoing research project ‘Across Chinese Cities’ featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale (the 2014, 2016, and upcoming 2018 editions) and is a member of the advisory board of Design Trust (HK). She is co-founder of The Global School, China’s first independent institute for design and creative research. Her writings and projects have appeared in publications such as Artforum, Abitare, CNN Style, Domus, Dezeen, Disegno, Frieze, T Magazine, The Good Life, among many others. In 2016 she published the book Ideas in Action – Critical Design Practice in China.

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris (b. 1967, England, lives and works in New York) has presented solo exhibitions at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (Finland, 2017); Kunsthalle Wien (2016); Kunsthalle Bremen (2013); M-Museum Leuven (2015); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, 2012); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Dusseldorf, 2010); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, 2009); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2009); Lenbachhaus (Munich, 2008); Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2008); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006); Kestner Gesellschaft (Hannover, 2005); Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2005); Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2005); Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen, 2004); Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, 2001); Kunsthalle Zürich (2000); and Modern Art Oxford (1999). Her work has also been included in the São Paulo Biennial (2002) and the Tate Triennial (2003), and has been collected by museums including Centre Pompidou; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; MoMA; Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); Neue Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tate Modern.

Yung Ho Chang

Yung Ho Chang is Principal Architect of Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), and professor of architecture at MIT and Tongji University. He has received numerous awards, including First Place in the Shinkenchiku Design Competition in 1987, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts,the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006 and the 2016 China Architecture Media Award Practical Achievement Award. Between 2011–17, he was a Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury member. He has published a collection of his essays entitled Yung Ho Chang Writes and other books/monographs. He held a solo exhibition at UCCA in Beijing in 2012, and has also participated in numerous international art and architecture exhibitions and biennials, including six editions of the Venice Biennale.

Amy Sherlock

Amy Sherlock is Deputy Editor of frieze, and based in London. She is the curator of the annual Frieze Art & Architecture Conference, the third edition of which will take place in London on October 2, 2018.


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