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22 April 2021 - 1,00 pm ONLINE


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Lecture 06 | Ole Bouman & Beatrice Leanza _ Displaying the City

The exhibition China Goes Urban – The City to Come, curated by Politecnico di Torino and Prospekt Photographers, in collaboration with Tsinghua University and Intesa Sanpaolo, promoted by Fondazione Torino Musei, is accompanied by a rich programme of events.

In the framework of the Head-to-Head Interviews cycle – Dialogues on the Chinese urbanization – on Thursday 22 April, Michele Bonino, curator of the exhibition, will interview Ole Bouman, Founding Director of Design Society (Shenzhen) and Beatrice Leanza, executive director of MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Lisbon).

With their important curatorial experiences in China – from Design Society to Beijing Design week, from Shenzhen Biennale to Across Chinese Cities - our guests will discuss how the city can be exhibited, for which audience, and with what educational, cultural and political objectives. From this point of view, do establish methods adapt to the Chinese city, or does it require new ways of exhibiting and communicating?

Ole Bouman
Ole Bouman is the Founding Director of Design Society, the new design museum and platform in Shenzhen, now in the fourth year of its full operation and listed by “Time Magazine” among the World Top 100 Greatest Places. Past roles include editor-in-chief of “Volume” (2005-2007, a magazine he co-founded with OMA and Columbia University) and director of the national Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) (2006-2013).
He worked as a curator for Manifesta 3 (2000) and curated national pavilions at the Biennales of Shenzhen, São Paulo and Venice. He was Creative Director of the Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale Shenzhen (UABB) in 2013-14. His publications include The Invisible in Architecture (co-author, 1994), Ubiquitous China (2006), Architecture of Consequence (2009) and (co-editor, 2017) Design Society: the Making of a New Creative Platform. Bouman taught architecture and design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Hong Kong. In 2018 he received the Shenzhen Creative Influencer Award.

Beatrice Leanza
A curator and critic based in Beijing for over 17 years, Beatrice is the former creative director of Beijing Design Week (2013-2016) and chief curator of the ongoing research program Across Chinese Cities featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale at the 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions. She is co-founder of B/Side Design, an organization developing strategies of urban and social impact that spearheaded the establishment of The Global School, the first independent institute for design and creative research in the PRC.
Her writings and projects have appeared in publications such as “Artforum”, “Abitare”, “CNN Style”, “Domus”, “Dezeen”, “Disegno”, “Frieze”, “T Magazine” (The NYTimes), “The Good Life”, among many others. In 2016 she published the book (115) Ideas in Action – Critical Design Practice in China.
Since September 2019 she is the executive director of MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon

Introduced by Michele Bonino.

Participation is open to all.
The lecture will be held in English.

The lecture will be visible in live-streaming on the ACC Lecture - Youtube channel at this link
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Exhibition website "China goes urban. La nuova epoca della città"

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