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Meltdown Festival

Carnet de Voyage Debut at Meltdown Festival

Carnet de Voyage (traveling notebook) is a site specific sonic and visual live performance. A collaboration between Rosey Chan and Mimi Xu, Carnet de Voyage creates cinematic experience using analogue and digital languages as they revisit various music inspirations.

Invited by James Lavelle, curator of  Meltdown Festival 2014 at Southbank, Carnet de Voyage, along with Neneh Cherry, presents a site-specific 3-D visual and musical journey in collaboration with film director Mike Figgis and cutting edge animation maker UAU Studio.

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Meltdown Festival 2014
Queen Elizabeth Hall
18th June 2014

 

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X+Q Art at Paul Smith Melbourne

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Paul Smith Melbourne is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition of handmade sculptures by X+Q Art.

The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful and vivid stories with their arresting sculptural pieces.

Showing in galleries from London to Shanghai and with the exhibition recently on display in his shop in Faubourg St Honore, Paris, Paul Smith is delighted to be hosting the artists’ work in his Melbourne shop. Two of China’s most successful modern artists, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci have created complimentary pieces that sit side-by-side in the Paul Smith shop each capturing a whimsical and humorous tone.

In her I Have Seen Happiness sculpture series, Xiang Jing aims to celebrate youth and create an optimistic mood with her vibrant rabbit sculptures flocked in rich shades of red, blue, yellow and green.The collection is particularly appropriate given Paul’s own fondness for rabbits.

Whilst in The Angelest Qian and The Angelest Kun, Qu Guangci fuses Eastern and Western sentiments, referencing both in his series of winged oriental angels. Similarly bright to Xiang Jing’s I Have Seen Happiness, Qu also aims to illuminate visitors instilling brightness and positivity through art.

26th February – 10th April 2014
Paul Smith, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne

The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful

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Yundi – Emperor | Fantasy

Following Yundi’s successful ‘China Piano Dream‘ the classical star pianist is coming back to Europe with a 25 date tour throughout the continent in 2014.

At his concerts in Germany Yundi will perform romantic works by Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann as well as Ludwig van Beethoven. Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major op.17 is also on Yundi’s new album, which will be released exclusively at the start of the Germany tour. In 2007 he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra for the first time, being the first Chinese musician to work with them and now he is again collaborating with the prestigious orchestra and conductor Daniel Harding on his new album Emperor.

Yundi concert tour

 

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X+Q Art: Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings

X+Q Art, the brainchild of leading contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci is commissioned by the V&A museum to launch an exclusive range of scarves inspired by the major autumn exhibition Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings 700-1900.

Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings, 700-1900
26 October 2013 – 19 January 2014
The V&A Museum, London

The X+Q Factor – Financial Times How to Spend It

The Modern and the Tradition – ELLE Deco Taiwan

 

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Xuefei Yang: Wigmore Hall Concert

The finest classical guitarist Xuefei Yang gives the world premiere of Shuo Chang, the first classical guitar piece commissioned by a Chinese composer Chen Yi, at Wigmore Hall on 3 November, and will be giving the premieres in Korea, Taiwan and the USA in the coming weeks.

Xuefei Yang at Wigmore Hall
Sunday 3 November, 7.30pm

Featuring programmes by Benjamin Britten, Fraz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla and the World Premiere of Shuo Chang by Chen Yi, Commissioned by Wigmore Hall with the support of Fondation Hoffmann

“One in a Million – talking to Xuefei on being the first Chinese classical guitarist and pushing the boundary of classical guitar.” – the Glass Magazine

Watch the exclusive interview video – BBC World Service in Chinese

 

 

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The Shanghai Dream

“We have all heard of the American dream – a land of opportunity for prosperity and success, the Irish Dream – a land for romantic poets living elsewhere. What about the Chinese dream?”

I have always had a fascination with Shanghai, the dream-like city where East meets West, and old meets the new. My grandfather, Qiusi Dong, translated Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield into Chinese when he lived in Shanghai in the 1930s. For me it’s one of the few places that could bridge China and the West, and where new ideas are born.

This summer I went to the Shanghai Book Fair and Literary Festival to re-discover the Shanghai dream – China is keen to understand the world much more so than we realise.

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair 7-10 November 2013

The full article was originally published on BookBrunch.

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I Have Seen Happiness

You use a red cloth

to cover the eyes, and the sky

You ask what I see

I say, I have seen happiness

– Cui Jian, The Red Cloth

The Chinese art brand X+Q Art is invited for a special exhibition at Paul Smith flagship store in Paris to coincide with the Paris Fashion Week in autumn 2013.

I Have Seen Happiness, is an artwork especially created by the artist Xiang Jing and X+Q Art, personifies youth and innocence, inspired by the song from Cui Jian, the father of Chinese Rock. This sculptural representation of happiness is flocked in a rich red, blue, yellow and green, making it soft to touch. The sculpture embodies happiness, pureness and optimism, inspiring the pursuit of happiness and beauty in this word.

X+Q Art at Paul Smith
October – November 2013
3 rue Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris
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Small is beautiful – a new generation of private Chinese publishers

When the British economist E F Schumancher first arrived at the idea that “small is beautiful”, he probably never thought it could apply to China. The country’s size and vast population mean that everything it does is on a scale that breeds shock and wonder…

This article outlining my views of the Chinese publishers coming to this year’s London Book Fair. This article was originally published on BookBrunch.