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Yangtze River Art Week 2021

16 Answers to "Art + Sustainable Future"

As a co-host of Yangtze River Art Week, Boma presents a special session on "Art + Sustainable Future", inviting entrepreneurs, inventors, film directors, designers, artists, musicians, industry professionals and others from home and abroad to give answers to this question from 16 perspectives.

We chose the venue at Jiulongtan Square along the Yangtze River, which is the first time Boma presents on a public stage in the city. We hope that through this open stage, we can interact with more audiences and truly influence the city.

Back to the Basics

It is difficult to discuss our future without examining our past. Our common past can tell us a lot about the future. What kind of past should we guard? What kind of faces do the guardians have? How can the ancient classics be brought up to date?

Kuanghan Li

She is also the Assistant Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Training and Research Institute for the Asia and the Pacific Region (Beijing) and the Global Program Director of the Global Heritage Fund (GHF).

She spent nearly eight years in a remote Dong village in Guizhou, where she initiated a rural cultural landscape conservation and innovation project focusing on the production of indigo-dyed Dong cloth working with local craftswomen. Having studied architecture and cultural heritage conservation at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University, she came to realize that cultural heritage protection is not just about preserving the “brick and mortar”, but requires a keen sense of the contemporary needs of the society and the local community.

Cultural heritage is actually very closely related to modern life, and we believe it can change people’s lives through place making. As a basis for sustainable tourism, preserving cultural heritage is not only a responsibility, it is also in line with the rational development of our society.
  • Kuanghan Li

Qingyang Li

He is an inheritor of the traditional technique of making the intangible cultural Southern-style horned bow, a well-known traditional bow master in Sichuan and Chongqing, and a member of the Traditional Bow Branch of the China Archery Association.

His horn bow is made with excellent craftsmanship, and he even made an imitation of Kangxi's bow, and the bows he made are collected by many museums in the world.

It takes him 3 years to make a bow, with more than 280 hand-made processes. Each bow is a work of art, carved with effort and time.

After the use of bow was mastered by human beings, it surpassed all animals at once, and that's why we entered the era of hunting. In addition to the bow itself, it is inseparable from our traditional culture of bow and arrow.
  • Qingyang Li

Ralph Reutimann

He is a photographic artist who wants people to see and be themselves through the art of photography. He promotes the 17 goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through his photography of real people and local stories.

In this case, he presents his best-known photographic series, SDG Heros (Heroes of the Sustainable Development Goals), which features indigenous tribal chiefs and local community residents who have won the UN Equator Prize. Here, each person picks an object that represents the SDGs being practiced.

It is the names of villages and tribes in Africa, Latin America, India and Southeast Asia that we may never have heard of that have nurtured these indigenous communities, and it is they who now keep watch over our most precious nature.

  • Ralph Reutimann

The Dark Tenor‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

He is a musician and singer who combines classical and modern pop. Originally known as Billy Andrews, he received his classical vocal training at Germany's top Semperoper and the Holy Cross Choir in Dresden, but after later traveling the world as a classical singer, he found that the classical style lacked momentum, so he began to inject pop style and rock attitude into classical music He began to inject pop style and rock attitude into classical music.

Later, he began to perform in live concert halls in many European countries to "rekindle" classical music. At the same time, he expanded his music to new territories through 3D printing of classical instruments, LED and artificial intelligence technology.

This time, he brings us his most classic Beethoven and combines it with classic rock music at the end.

I bring you classic music that combines melodies and lyrics of my own composition. I believe that music and art is a human instinct, and if we promote it more and integrate it into the city and into our way of life, we will live in a more diverse future, more loving and happier, we promote music and art, and you will feel the new world with classical art meet.
  • The Dark Tenor‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

Jesse Dylan

He was probably the most famous "star kid" in America, his father is the world famous musician Bob Dylan, he once wrote the song "Forever Young", let the whole world know that he loves his child named Jesse.

Later, Jesse Dylan chose film as a way to pass on his creativity. Through film as a way of storytelling, he made the world a better place. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Directors of the U.S. TED Conference.

We need something that really explains the fundamental values and the perspective of a particular idea. It could be a film, it could be a social media campaign. Whatever the expression is, our role is to help express those ideas, and we're on the edge of storytelling, on the edge of possibility.
  • Jesse Dylan

Sustainable Lifestyle

"Sustainability" should not just be a slogan, but a grounded way of life. Therefore, we use the real world as a base, and we see the power of sustainability in food, clothing, housing and transportation. These are the truest faces of a sustainable future.

Iris Hu

She is the Chief Operating Officer of NellyRodi Trends and has been involved in international project exchanges in the fashion and creative industries for more than ten years. Founded in 1985 in Paris, France, NellyRodi, an international fashion trend authority, entered China in 2003 to advocate the concept of sustainability and continues to promote it through its creative work.

Through our own trend forecasting information, we integrate sustainable concepts into brand product design through the consulting services we provide, and finally influence our consumers. Among our fashion group members are sustainable supply chain providers, sustainable raw material suppliers, and we organize together to continuously provide new sustainable approaches for brands.
  • Iris Hu

Yihong Li

He is the planning director of China Green Development Foundation and the project leader of "Biodiversity Ingredients", and this time he represents "Mama's Kitchen", a particularly warm project, to talk about their practice and efforts in sustainable diet.

Launched in early 2020 by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation's Good Food Foundation, Mama's Kitchen is a healthy, sustainable and awakening food lab/studio/kitchen/classroom based on the Good Food Consensus and the Good Food Initiative, uniting the power of food and chefs to create a better future.

Mama's Kitchen starts from our field, from our side, it creates nothing but a path that keeps cutting, linking, creating infinite possibilities and finally a sustainable state that keeps changing the planet. In terms of food development, we can at least change our families and the communities around us, trying to be a lever for sustainable urban development.
  • Yihong Li

Paulina Grabowska

She is an innovative designer in the field of sustainability, with a research focus on circular economy initiatives, bioelectronics and urban agriculture. In her designs, she uses various types of waste as raw materials.

She is a licensed architect in the Netherlands and Poland, and recently assisted IKEA in transforming a 120 year old abandoned apartment in Poland into the "House of Tomorrow".

Her other projects include a self-sustaining urban farm that turns elements from smoke into fertilizer, and a garden and hydroponic farm project that extracts metals from oil spills or restores land.

In each project design, we look for the interconnectedness and interdependence between ecology, health, commerce, phenomena and art. Yet technology is a double-edged sword, and in developing technological products, we destroy biodiversity and fragile ecosystems. A shift in the perception of sustainability will have a huge impact on our economy and environment, and we need to keep the principles of sustainability in mind when considering the circular economy.
  • Paulina Grabowska

Jieying Zheng

She is the co-founder and CEO of Gobeyond, a sustainable travel advocate who has initiated several charity projects, run marathons in Tokyo, Greece and Dunhuang, cycled around the island of Taiwan and also trekked for 7 days to summit Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro.

Sustainable travel encompasses many different dimensions and covers a wide range of issues, such as environmental, social, economic and so on. We deal with local people in a respectful and equal way, without destroying any local cultural material heritage, and support local economic consumption and production during our travels.
  • Jieying Zheng

Joel Alexander Mills

He is the CEO of Offshore Simulator Centre, a serial entrepreneur, simulation and complex data visualization expert with a passion for using technology and design to reduce costs and find better solutions.

He also works closely with the UN Smart Cities Initiative and is the Vice Chair of the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence and Other Emerging Technologies for Environmental Efficiency (FG-AI4EE).

This time Joel took us to a scenario where technology can be used to simulate a real city in real time.

The digital twin allows us to understand the risks while also anticipating the future to identify some opportunities, and putting data and opportunities together to find new interpretations directly allows us to save natural resources and means that we are saving the environment, which can only improve the quality of life for all humanity by developing more sustainable solutions.
  • Joel Alexander Mills

Yufei Jiang

She is the Program Director of the China Advocacy Team at B Corp. After traveling to 70 countries around the world, she went from being a sustainable travel advocate to promoting sustainable business, hoping to advance a world where business is used to save our planet's home.

Business for the Common Good (B Corp), a new form of business organization that emerged in the United States in 2007, is subject to perhaps the toughest business certification in the world. It is a new form of business proposed by B Lab, a non-profit organization that aims to redefine business success as an upward force for the betterment of business and society as a whole.

The goal of co-beneficial businesses is to achieve both business and social benefits. These companies meet the highest standards of social and environmental effectiveness, transparency and legal responsibility. To date, more than 3,800 companies from 150 industry sectors in 74 countries around the world have achieved this certification.

With a vivid story, she tells us, "When we do everything, we need to consider the impact on the future. And for the social environment of business development, sustainable business as a new life, the pursuit is not to be the strongest company in the world, but to be the most meaningful company in this world, sustainable is not only environmentally sustainable, but also includes the sustainability for human social development."
  • Yufei Jiang

The Future is Now

Art speaks a language that transcends geographical boundaries and barriers to understanding, bringing us a power that is deeper and has emotional resonance. How can art create a common future for us together? And how will we co-create an ecosystem where art continues to thrive?

Andre Shen

He is a communications expert and social entrepreneur in the global health and development field. For the past 14 years, he has served as a program officer and third-party consultant for a number of domestic and international non-profit organizations around important but under-appreciated health, education, and environmental issues.

He has led teams focused on Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), helping international clients in global health such as WHO, the Gates Foundation, and the GAVI Alliance deepen partnerships and use digital and social media to effectively communicate with target audiences.

He has worked with visual artists and musicians on numerous occasions to raise public awareness of health issues such as polio, immunization, autism, tuberculosis, HIV, and tobacco control through illustrations, live performances, short animated films, and short music videos.

The world is still suffering from the spread of the new crown epidemic. We can only create a sustainable future if we focus on public health. In his speech, he told the story of his music video collaboration with Korean jazz pianist Jun Sung Park, who is suffering from polio, in collaboration with an erhu player and visual artist.

He said, "Only real behavior change can lead to improved health. Only when more individuals change their behavior can public health be ensured. I believe that art can not only inspire compassion, provoke thought, but also bring about change. Art may not directly save lives, but it can inspire people to see, hear and feel a healthy future for all, a sustainable future."
  • Andre Shen

Skylar Tibbits

He is the founder and co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, Associate Professor of Design Studies in the Department of Architecture, and a designer and computer scientist whose research focuses on the development of self-assembling and programmable materials in the built environment.

He has designed and built large-scale installations that have been exhibited in numerous galleries including the Pompidou Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

His new material has begun to grow along the coastline of the Maldives in an attempt to reclaim homes lost to rising sea levels in the face of global warming.

By combining the properties of different materials and making more complex products out of them in new forms of manufacturing. We will not only get smarter production methods, but also create more intelligent products. I believe that the manufacturing of our smart robots and machines today can produce a more modern and sustainable environment.
  • Skylar Tibbits

Jeremy Zhou

He is the founder of Redblock and focuses on digital investment banking services for assets as well as digital fund management.

Starting in 2018, he is focusing on the non-homogenized digital credential NFT market, and in 2020 he is involved in NFT works distribution, curation and investment related services, he is also involved in distribution of Takashi Murakami artworks distribution and the preparation of NFY museums in New York and Florida, USA.

NFT is probably the hottest field to start this year. Based on blockchain technology, the information is recorded on the blockchain, and in this way, technology patents are processed as well as transferred. Such a way is like a timestamp, the transaction of artwork so that the future is constantly being passed on and will never be tampered with and will always exist.

But in his opinion, we should reflect on the current development of the industry and rethink what "value" is.

  • Jeremy Zhou

Theodore Edmonds‍

He is an American cultural strategist and lecturer in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville, where he founded his Center for Creative Placemaking to innovate across boundaries in public health and creative industries.

He is also a Principal Investigator on several projects for the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Transforming Health Organizations. He joined forces with artists, data scientists, and public health professionals to create the UPOP (Underestimated People of Purpose) platform, which uses scientific cultural analysis tools to promote more humane businesses and inspire inclusive innovation.

The future belongs to people, and ART+ can be a platform to help businesses and organizations go further. art+ can help us understand innovation beyond our products or services and help us gain a deeper understanding. art+ helps us create a paradigm shift in thinking that helps us understand how to think about the ever-accelerating changes around us pace.
  • Theodore Edmonds‍

Ahuva Zhang

She is a young erhu player and the initiator of the "Music for Love" charity project. Born in a family of calligraphy and painting in Jiangnan, she has been learning to play the erhu since she was 5 years old and was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music Elementary School with the top grade in the country. "In 2005, she represented the Central Conservatory of Music as one of the eight young musicians who visited Taiwan and performed on stage at the Taiwan Concert Hall.

In 2015, she founded "Music for Love", a public service orchestra composed of autistic youth and students from the Central Conservatory of Music, dedicated to eliminating misunderstandings and discrimination against autistic people through music and advocating for a fairer and more inclusive society.

We have inspired many families with autism through music and art, and I often tell them that it's not that we help you, we are a relationship of complete equality, and we grow together in music and art.
  • Ahuva Zhang

2021 Yangtze River Culture and Art Week

One Art Brings Water, Creates Symbiosis

With the theme of "Art+", we will focus on the construction of the Yangtze River Culture and Art Bay Area and help create a new business card for Chongqing. Take the Kowloon Beach Plaza as the main venue, radiate outward to Chongqing 102 Art Base and other points, linking multiple museums, art galleries, bookstores, and cultural and creative spaces along the line, covering art theme summits, film festivals, music performances, salon lectures, Rich content such as installation exhibitions and parent-child interactions.

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