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Mehr als Mozart & Mao!

When Dr Hugo Portisch wanted to travel to China in 1964 as editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Kurier, there was only one Chinese embassy in continental Europe – and it was based in neutral Switzerland. Switzerland had already established diplomatic relations with the then still young People’s Republic of China in September 1950. And Austria? For reasons of occupation policy, it had to wait until this step was taken by the four State Treaty powers.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Austrian-Chinese diplomatic relations in 2021, ChinaCultureDesk conceived the oral history project “50 Years – 50 Conversations”: 50 interview conversations with Austrian and Chinese personalities with many years of experience in the other country will be conducted and published. The interviewees come from the fields of art & culture, media, science & research and business.  The diversity of these subjective voices results in an overall picture of the multi-layered realities in the respective countries – and this beyond the often clichéd media coverage.

Book release: November 2021

ChinaCultureDesk is proud to announce,

that the oral-history project “50 Years – 50 Talks”
has been officially approved by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing.

50 Years – 50 Talks
An oral-history project by ChinaCultureDesk

On the occasion of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and China in 2021.
A series of interviews featuring renowned personalities from science, economy, media, technology, art and culture.
Flaggen- und Fahnen-Pins Österreich-China

Interviews: ongoing since June 2020.
Book: Summer 2021.
Event: Autumn 2021.

Research … Xiong´an New Area 雄安新区

100 km südlich von Beijing befinden sich derzeit das größte Süßwasservorkommen im Norden Chinas, einige Fabriken sowie etliche Dörfer und kleine Ortschaften.

Hier entsteht aus dem Nichts die sogenannte Xiong´an New Area: eine Stadt, die vor allem der Planung und Steuerung der Metropolregion Jing-Jin-Ji dienen soll. Die Entwicklung von Xiong´an steht unter direkter Aufsicht der Zentralregierung.

Entstehen soll hier eine chinesische Vorzeige- und Umweltmusterstadt des 21. Jahrhunderts, als „showcase of China’s new urbanization model“: nachhaltig, smart, ökologisch, lebenswert und innovativ urban – eine 5G-Teststadt, Smart-City mit self-driving Testgebieten, umfassende Nutzung geothermaler Energie uvm.

ChinaCultureDesk recherchiert, analysiert und begleitet The Making of Xiong´an New Area.

Book release … Pictorial City

City Moves, City Ruins & City Plays:
in her recent book Alice Schmatzberger addresses art photography in urban China.

Available at thalia bookstore

Since the early 1990s the world looked astonished at China´s multifaceted and vivid contemporary visual art. Urban art photography is particularly inseparable from depicting social transformations as regards its choice of motifs and visual language. Using the works of several selected Chinese artists as examples, this book shows how the topics city, changes in the urban structure and the transformations, not only social, associated with this are reflected in contemporary Chinese photography.

This book is aimed at all who are interested in gaining insight into today´s urban China and in visual art as mode of expression of everyday life experience.

Chairing … workshop on environmental issues in Beijing

On the occasion of the China delegation of Dr. Andrä Rupprechter, Federal minister for Agriculture & Environment, ChinaCultureDesk designed and moderated the „Bilateral Workshop Austria and China: Green Urban Development – Challenges in the fields of Air Quality and Waste Management / Circular Economy”.

Austrian embassy in Beijing, November 2016.