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Pearl River Delta: From World Factory to Cultural Community

The Pearl River Delta (PRD) has a long history of international trade and migration, and enjoys economic prosperity; but it has also been politically and culturally marginalised by central China. In the face of living and cultural disadvantages, PRD artists have invented solutions both poetic and practical.

Content of this video is derived from Teaching Labs: Contemporary Context Series talk "Pearl Rive Delta: From World Factory to Cultural Community". It explores contemporary art through multiple histories and cultural perspectives, this talk introduces the PRD’s unique cultural, political, and economic background, and its development of contemporary art. 

Speaker: Anthony Yung, AAA Researcher

Voice over: Janet Chan

Language: Cantonese

Total Length: 46 minutes

 

I. From World Factory to Cultural Community

Length: 12 minutes

I. From World Factory to Cultural Community: Foreword

Keywords: Rem Koolhaas, The Great Leap ForwardCity of Exacerbated Difference, Hou Hanru, Canton Express

 

II. Pearl River Delta as a Diverse Concept

Length: 7 minutes

II. Pearl River Delta as a Diverse Concept

Keywords: geopolitics of Pearl River Delta, Guangdong in the global context

 

III. Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts 

Length: 4 minutes

III. Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Keywords: Lingnan school of painting, Gao Jianfu, Guan Liang, Yang Jiechang

 

IV. Keywords of Guangdong Art

Length: 23 minutes

IV. Keywords of Guangdong Art

Keywords: Self-organisation, Cultural desert, Cityscape,Temporality, Rebellious,Hybridity, Tradition and subversion, Autonomy

 

Questions to discuss:

  1. How do we observe changes in our living environment and lifeitself, how can we understand “temporariness” and “permanence”?
  2. How do we reflect our relations with Guangdong/PRD from a personal perspective?
  3. Have you ever thought that Hong Kong/Guangdong is a “cultural desert”?