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Author Ning, Ou, author

Title Utopia in practice : Bishan Project and rural reconstruction / Ou Ning
Published Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan, an imprint of Springer Nature, [2020]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Series Contemporary East Asian visual cultures, societies and politics
Contemporary East Asian visual cultures, societies and politics.
Contents 1. Pastoral Youth -- 2. Huizhou Fieldwork -- 3. Blueprints -- 4. Bishan Harvestival -- 5. Reality and History -- 6. Yixian International Photo Festival -- 7. Deep Plowing -- 8. Controversy -- 9. Introspection -- 10. School of Tillers -- 11. New Commons -- 12. Handicraft, Design and Art -- 13. Food, Ecology and Education -- 14. City and Countryside -- 15. Utopian Dreams
Summary This book is a collection of texts on one of China's boldest social experiments in recent years: the rural reconstruction project in Bishan. The Bishan Project (2011-2016) was a rural reconstruction project in a small village Bishan, Anhui Province, China. The writings describe and criticize the social problems caused by Chinas over-loading urbanization process and starts a a contemporary agrarianism and agritopianism discourse to resist the modernism and developmentalism doctrine which dominated China for more than a century, answering a global desire for the theory and action of the alternative social solution for todays environmental and political crises.This practical utopian commune project ran for 6 years and caused a national debate on rural issues in China, when it was invited to be exhibited and presented abroad. This collection of writing will be of interest to artists, China scholars, architects, and the cultural community at large. Ou Ning is director of documentaries San Yuan Li and Meishi Street, chief curator of 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, jury member of 8th Benesse Prize at 53rd Venice Biennale, member of Asian Art Council at Guggenheim Museum, founding chief editor of literary journal Chutzpah!, founder of Bishan Project, visiting professor of GSAPP, Columbia University and research fellow of Center for Arts, Design and Social Research in Boston, USA
Notes CONTENTS Prologue Night Play Introduction Utopia in Practice Rural Youth My Self-Urbanised Story Nostalgia Survey Letter to My Mother Huizhou Fieldwork From Nonplaces to Places Revisiting Bishan Blueprint Anarchist and Ruralism The Possibility of Rural Revival The Agrarian Home and It's Reconstruction Bishan Harvestival Go Bush! Reality and History Beijing's Climate Politics What Wukan Means The Cultivators: Rural Reconstructionists in China Yixian International Festival The Urban-Rural Interactions Field of Hope Deep Plowing Heart-following Houses The Benevolent Mind The Documentation of Local Life Controversy and Introspection Symbolic Boundary, Distinction and Othering The Organic Intellectuals Informal Life Politics Cultural Production and Placemaking School of Tillers Beat the Land Timekeepers Memoir in Southern Anhui New Commons The Crisis and Experiment of the Commons The 'Commons' of Common Spaces Agriculture, Craftsmanship and Education The Food Politics Renaissance of Craftsmanship? Children's Sense of Reality City and Countryside After City 'Failed' Countryside as Countryside The Utopian Dream Autonomy: Utopia or Realpolitik You're Too Shy to Talk about Utopia The Discourse of Utopia in the Post-Mao Era Postscript Aftershock Epilogue Large Rat Appendix The Chronology of Bishan Project
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Subject Rural development -- China -- Guangdong Sheng
Rural development -- Case studies
Rural development
China -- Guangdong Sheng
Genre/Form Case studies
Case studies.
√Čtudes de cas.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789811557910