China Quick Fix - Special Guest Lecture & Slide-show from Dr Bill Aitchison

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Project Room, 1st floor

50 George Square

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh

EH8 9JU

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Bill Aitchison is an inter-disciplinary artist who divides his time between China and the UK. He has presented his performances, soundworks and videos in galleries, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and the Middle East. He holds a practice-based PhD from Goldsmiths College, has published critical, creative and journalistic texts in several countries, made several works for radio, regularly mentors creative projects and is currently setting up a performance studies strand at Nanjing University.

China Quick-Fix is a talk and slide show that offers a special opportunity to see a less well known side of China up close and in his company. Aitchison has spent the last three years in China taking pictures of the sometimes ingenious, sometimes ramshackle, improvised repairs that are a feature of the Chinese urban landscape. He will provide insightful commentary which, starting from these humble quick-fixes using plastic bottles, coat hangers and pieces of cardboard, opens up into a discussion of contemporary China which connects documentary photography to craft techniques, generational politics, decision making processes, the status of public space, wealth distribution and recycling, to name but a few of the directions it shoots out in. Sympathetic to the creativity of quick-fixes, this talk is balanced between identifying positive features in them while never forgetting the problems that necessitate them in the first place. The event will conclude with questions and discussion and will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

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Project Room, 1st floor

50 George Square

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh

EH8 9JU

United Kingdom

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