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Tate signs expertise sharing deal to boost China audience reach – Museums + Heritage Advisor

July 5, 2019
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Which City Will Become China’s Center of eSports?

July 5, 2019
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Young Chinese revive ancient fashion – Gulf Today

June 28, 2019
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Tencent is asking for a larger cut of video game sales from mobile app stores

July 12, 2019
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Amazon and Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, Build Cloud Computing Industry Joint Innovation Center – Yahoo Finance

July 12, 2019
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Are China’s contemporary artists the saviors of its cultural heritage? – Document Journal

July 12, 2019
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UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships Call

October 4, 2019

AHRC is pleased to announce a call for UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships. This is the second stage of a new international programme seeking to develop research-industry partnerships between the UK and China in the creative industries. The programme is funded through the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC). The overarching aim of the programme is to enable a rapid scaling-up of engagements between the UK and China - with a specific focus on Shanghai as China’s cultural and creative industries powerhouse - in order to facilitate new collaborations in the creative industries that deliver sustained economic, cultural and intellectual benefits in both countries. The call will establish between 5 and 8 Creative Partnerships bringing together HEIs and / or Independent Research Organisations, creative industries businesses and other key partner organisations to deliver new activity around an area of thematic focus that will drive growth and world-leading standards of research and innovation through the pooling of expertise, knowledge and resources. The Partnerships will be balanced in the division of roles, responsibilities and activities between the two countries and comprise an appropriate mix of academic expertise and creative industry representation both from the UK and China. The UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships should be framed around R&D activity in one of the following areas: Creative Design: particularly in relation to the creation of new products and services at the intersection of design and big dataTheatre and the performing arts: particularly in relation to mixed reality experiencesFashion and textilesStory-telling and animationThe use of interactive and immersive technologies in museums and cultural institutionsGaming Funding up to a maximum of £500k is available per project on the UK side on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Applicants will be required to demonstrate equivalent resource investment to support the Chinese component of projects. Projects should be a maximum of 36 months in duration and should start by 1st February 2020. Closing Date: 24/10/2019 The deadline for applications will close at 4pm (UK time) on the 24th October 2019. Source from AHRC.

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Open Call: Chronus Art Centre Fellowship 2019

July 15, 2019

This year Chronus Art Centre (CAC) opens its Lab for a new three-month research and creation fellowship. This programme is designed to host international practitioners of extraordinary talents in the area of new media art, in order to produce new work at the Chronus Art Centre (CAC), Shanghai, China. The 2019 Fall Research and Creation Fellowship aims to foster global exchange while advancing the discourse and practice of new media art, and contribute to CAC's research and educational mission as well as the institution's future collection. Research & Creation Fellowship Start Date: Late September/Early October 2019 (starting date negotiable within reason) Duration: Three months Grant: $10.000 Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted electronically by 23:59 (Beijing Time), Sunday, July 15th, 2019 Notification of Selection: Applicants will be informed about their application status by late August, 2019. Lucid Networks — Sporadic CorrelationsDigital networks of different scales and intent sustain and depend upon each other. A variety of expressions transmitted and mediated via networks are facing a multitude of crisis; Post-truth, saturated uniformity of aesthetics, addictive consumption, fragile sense of intimacy and safety on and offline. The overwhelming relational complexity amplifies the paradox of a blind ecosystem, proving it difficult to imagine how far and to what extent our connections reach. Beyond trivial primary links lurks an opaque wilderness often positively connoted as ‘going viral', where phenomena emerge from basic interactions, uncontrollably inflate and feed back onto us'. Networks accumulate autonomy beyond rational grasp; Metaphors of omniscient spanning mesh, they circumvent, thread, and connect. Practically however, digital networks are defined by tangible, interconnected stacks and nodes. From data and cable distribution centres, routers and switches, personal and home devices, to sensors quantifying ‘users' and their preferences, faces, heartbeats, and fingertips. Identifying and claiming those strategical points of interest becomes crucial in leveraging net volatility and our agency as part of the ecosystem.What happens at the other end(s), every time a data packet request triggers? How can a quiz of a free smartphone mini game help elect a president? Why do vacuum cleaners share floor plans of homes? Can we accidentally or deliberately confuse a network, and how would it treat us based on such confusion?'Lucid Networks — Sporadic Correlations' invites to not only manifest critique but ‘walk on network’, inhabiting the digital intersections thanks to which peculiar connections take place. The call prompts artists, designers, and practitioners working with artificial intelligence and machine learning, open data, 'internet of things’, social media, and related fields. The projects should aim at but not limit themselves to investigating individual-to-large scale data flows, neural networks and deep learning, their potentials and biases, net intimacy and social media frictions, and how to champion individual and collective control over digital dependancies rather than abandoning them.ELIGIBILITY• This fellowship is open to all nationalities and creative backgrounds.• Applicants should be able to use English as working language.• Applicants must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programmes, with the exception of PhD candidates who are aiming to develop research within the scope of the fellowship.• Applicants are expected to show demonstrable success in previous development of related projects at this scale. • Individuals and collectives are invited to apply. In either case, please make sure to specify how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. Please note that same funding conditions apply independently of the number of applicants. The selected Fellow will be expected to work at <CAC_LAB> with the Research and Creation team, engaging in a range of activities and actively contributing to the CAC community. The activities might involve leading research initiatives, educational and public engagement programs, and developing current or future research strands for the organization. Projects including their prototypes, work-in-progress, and documentation, will be open to public at the Chronus Art Centre. Source from: CAC

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Theatre for Young Audiences in China Report

24 Oct, 2018

China has a long performing arts tradition that includes unique forms of classical dance, music and opera. However, recent decades have seen both young audiences and adults shifting their interest away from traditional performing art forms and towards Western forms of theatre, including theatre produced specifically for children. Growing audience demand has also been influenced by demographic changes. As China’s “Post 80s generation” (those born after 1980) have become parents, they have driven increasing recognition of the important role of theatre in the education and entertainment of their young children. Running in parallel to this has been the relaxing of China’s 37 year one-child policy (announced in 2015), with the aim of increasing the number of children in future generations. The British Council in China commissioned BOP Consulting to produce this briefing note mapping theatre for young audiences in China, in order to support UK performing arts practitioners wishing to work with this sector. This document aims to inform, first by presenting relevant information, for example on main players and market conditions. It then puts forward advice based on analysis of the above, including key considerations and what the opportunities for the UK performing arts sector might look like. This report uses the term ‘theatre for young audiences’ to include all performances made for children and young people between 6 months and 18 years of age. This is so not to exclude older age groups, as the term ‘children’s theatre’ in China usually refers to audiences between 3 and 12 years old. [pdf-embedder url="https://chinanow.britishcouncil.cn/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Theatre-for-Young-Audiences-China_Design_Final.pdf" title="Theatre for Young Audiences-China_Design_Final"]