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. And we want to build bridges in intercultural communication – therefore we are conducting business in Austria as well as in China to foster mutual understanding and cooperation.
Through conveying tailored information, through consulting, and partner building ChinaCultureDesk offers a broad platform for individual information, communication and networking between Austria and China – and thus supports organisations and businesses in more successfully arranging intercultural cooperation as well as in development and realisation of joint projects.
ChinaCultureDesk is operated by:
Biochemist, art historian, city dweller. China focus: contemporary art; urbanism; ecology, natural science, philosophy of science. Activities: consultant, speaker, writer; stakeholder management. Scientific member of the Austrian Federal Commission on Genetic Engineering. Publications on China: Alice_On China (pdf). Further details: www.science-art.at.
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: yingeli.net, LinkedIn, Twitter, Weibo
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: www.v-now.com, LinkedIn.
Study of International Business Administration, University of Vienna. Study of Photography (Fine Arts), University for Applied Arts, Vienna. Project assistant in research, orgProjektassistenz für Recherche, organisation, networking. Further details: Jing Song