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The Chinese Dream

a society under construction

WHAT IF YOU BUILT THE WHOLE MASS OF WESTERN EUROPE IN 20 YEARS?
WHAT IF 400 MILLION FARMERS THEN MOVED IN?
WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? HOW WOULD IT WORK?
WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT?
AND IF YOU DID, WOULD YOU DREAM OF SOMEWHERE ELSE ...?

On the occasion of the Dutch book launch of The Chinese Dream - a society under construction (010 Publishers) V2_ will host a lecture evening that aims to connect the dots between China's social, urban and economic transformations. Three authors of The Chinese Dream will focus on new media in China as a common indicator of a radically new society under construction.

Architect and theorist Neville Mars, writer and economic journalist Adrian Hornsby and media researcher Martijn de Waal present 'Triptych on China - Power, Progress and Prosperity'.

The explosive process of urban developments in China, and the social, economic, and cultural context in which these take place, inspired Neville Mars to move to China in 2005 to do research there. To this end, he founded the Dynamic City Foundation, where architects, designers and sociologists from China and other countries collaborate. The results of this collaboration have been documented in the book The Chinese Dream - a society under construction, mapping China's urbanisation and emerging society. Starting off with an extrapolation of expected trends, the book then presents a wide range of proposals and plans to outline a more sustainable future.

Over the past five years, V2_ has been developing a series of activities in China, ranging from small-scale conferences and debates to large-scale exhibitions. The resulting network now includes bloggers and artists' initiatives as well as the National Museum of China and several universities. Last year, V2_ arranged for 22 young artists, curators and teachers from China to come over for the special China Programme at DEAF07. V2_'s involvement with projects and collaborative efforts in China has initiated a dialogue between artists and curators which will be continued in the years to come in the form of collaborative projects.

//THE CHINESE DREAM
a society under construction//

Neville Mars , Adrian Hornsby and the DCF
010 Publishers, July 2008
784 pages, full colour, hardcover
Price 49.50
ISBN 978 90 6450 652 9

All content of the book on the wiki www.BURB.TV

For more infromation, please contact
Alex Adriaansens:
Alex@v2.nl
T +31 (0)10 206 7272

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