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.
ChinaCultureDesk offers a broad platform for individual information, communication, consulting 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.Author of “Pictorial City. Urban sceneries in contemporary photography art in China”. Independant writer, blogger, speaker, consultant, 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. Independant artist. Project assistant in research, orgProjektassistenz für Recherche, organisation, networking. Further details: Jing Song