Keynote Conversation
Converse with keynote speakers who genuinely walk the talk: how creative industries contribute to the arts and cultural landscape, and explore sustainable living

* JC Cube has limited capacity. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Queue area will be set up at 6:30 PM. You can also watch the live broadcast at Laundry Steps and Prison Yard.
* This session will end with a performance. The performers will lead you to Prison Yard.
Speaker Info
LEE Ying-ping | Taipei
Lovely Taiwan Foundation|CEO

Previously Political Deputy Minister of Culture, Director of Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre, CEO of the Lung Ying-tai Cultural Foundation, and Director of the National Culture and Arts Foundation, LEE Ying-ping is a veteran in organizing large-scale arts and cultural events. She is concerned about the development of the cultural environment and civil society, and weaves together experiences from the civil and public sectors for fostering the legislation of various cultural policies.

She is now CEO of the Lovely Taiwan Foundation. Joining hands with friendly allies in the neighbourhood of Chishang, Taitung, the Foundation has presented a series of festivals, from “Spring Picnicking” to “Summer Rice Banquet”, “Autumn Harvest,” and the Winter Lectures Series.

Over the past ten years, their endeavours have connected the dots and painted a full picture. Further to organising cultural activities, they are now working on sustained rural development, and founded Art Chishang and Chishang Art Center. These initiatives serve to build communities and promote cultural tourism for Chishang’s sustainable development.

ZUO Jing | Hefei
Curator + Rural Development Practitioners + Publisher

ZUO Jing was Art Director at Iberia Center for Contemporary Art in 798, Beijing, and has curated numerous exhibitions in Mainland China, Spain, Austria, Norway, Chile and Brazil. Since 2011, he has moved his base to Anhui, Guizhou, Yunnan and Zhejiang and as he shifted his focus to grounded rural development. Through publications on folk crafts, renovation of old buildings and promotion of rural culture in various places, he has been re-energising the cultural life of villages.

As Co-founder of Bishan Project (2011) in Yi county, Anhui, and Mao Gong Project (2015) in Liping county, Guizhou province, he pioneers the integration of contemporary art and culture in rural development. Under the umbrellas of these two projects, besides spearheading a series of cultural activities, publications and exhibitions, he also founded Bishan Craft Cooperative (2017) In Bishan Village to revitalise folk crafts. To promote rural values to cities, a branch of Bishan Crafts Cooperative was opened in Glorious Plaza in Gaoxin district, Xi’an in September 2018. In October, D&DEPARTMENT HUANGSHAN, a collaboration between Bishan Cooperative and D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT in Japan, started operation.

ZUO is also active in publishing. He is Founder and Chief Editor of the periodicals Han Pin and Bishan, whose 12 volumes have accumulated a distribution volume of 200,000. In 2016, he founded Baigong to promote a renaissance of folk crafts in Mainland China.

G YEUNG

G YEUNG is a creative writer, art critic and journalist. He is now the arts news curator of The Stand News and a research student at Tokyo University of the Arts. He received Young Literary Awards and founded with his friends the art critique community Artalk. He is one of the authors of Farmers’ Horizons: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Urban × Rural, Japan × Hong Kong Connect. He likes to draw cats and elephants during conferences.

TimeIn dialogue with
12:30 PM – 1:15 PMMs LEE Ying-ping
1:30 PM – 2:15 PMProf ZUO Jing
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