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As a cultural region with a tremendously long tradition, China has always been a subject of western fantasies, hopes and projections. However: “The imagination and the real reality about China: I think many people are interested in China, but most of the talk about China is from their imagination.“ (Pritzker Award-winner Wang Shu, 2012).

Alice Schmatzberger and Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber thus founded ChinaCultureDesk to contribute to a greater diversity of images of China in encounters with contemporary China. ChinaCultureDesk offers a broad platform for information, communication, project development, and networking between Austria and China. Our topics: Services

ChinaCultureDesk is operated by:

Alice Schmatzberger
Biochemist, art historian, city dweller and independant writer, speaker, cultural project manager, and moderator. Until 2019 scientific member of the Austrian Federal Commission on Genetic Engineering as well as co-chair of the Austrian Federal Commission on Nanotechnology. Since September 2022 member of the China Prefecture of Ordo Equestris Vini Europae. China topics: contemporary art, wine, philosophy of science. Publications & books: Alice_on_China (pdf). Further details:

IngridIngrid Fischer-Schreiber
Translator, expert for cultural exchange, project manager. First encounter with China 1980 – 1982 as a student in Beijing. Co-author of the “Lexikon östlicher Weisheitslehren” (1986), translations of fundamental Daoist texts. Ars Electronica staff member for many years. Most recent China-related focal points: digital culture, especially social media. Further details: LinkedIn, Twitter

VerenaVerena Nowotny
Communications strategist, (social) policy junkie, city gal. China focus: societal trends, philosophy and inter-cultural exchange. Co-author of “China’s Road Ahead” (Springer 2014). Activities: events, networking, publications. Further details:


Jing Song
Study of International Business Administration, University of Vienna. Study of Photography (Fine Arts), University for Applied Arts, Vienna. Independant artist. Project assistant in research, orgProjektassistenz für Recherche, organisation, networking. Further details: Jing Song

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