[NetBehaviour] Online panel | 18 Sep Saturday | Local/Translocal: The Reproduction of Technological Promise at Chisenhale Gallery

Hang Li hang.li at network.rca.ac.uk
Wed Sep 15 20:31:46 CEST 2021

Dear all,

Apologies for the crosspost! I hope this event might interest some of you:

Online panel discussion:

Local/Translocal: The Reproduction of Technological Promise

18 September 2021

1 - 2.30pm BST /  12 - 1.30 UTC on Zoom

Register free at:


Hosted online by Chisenhale Gallery as part of the research project ‘Remote
Affinity: Working together from a distance’, communication and media
researcher Jing Zeng, sociology and public policy researcher Canhui Liu,
writer and curator Su Wei, and curator and academic Joni Zhu will be
exploring the ways in which technological optimism, power and sovereignty
are reproduced on transnational scales. The discussion will explore the
construction and exchange of technology between China and other countries.
The panellists will examine technology as social and cultural phenomena
that embody ideas of labour organisation, ideologies and the imaginations
of power, contributing to the maintenance and transformation of
nationalism, financialisation, and governance. The panel discussion is
moderated by Chisenhale’s Asymmetry Curatorial Writing Fellow, Hang Li.

Canhui Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of
Cambridge. With the interdisciplinary training in Sociology and Public
Policy, his research seeks to make a contribution to understanding the
social roots and mechanisms of contemporary technicism in policymaking.

Su Wei is an art writer and curator based in Beijing. His recent work
focuses on re-depicting and deepening the history of Chinese contemporary
art, exploring the roots of its legitimacy and rupture. In 2014, he was
awarded first place at the first International Awards for Art Criticism. He
was the Senior Curator of Inside-Out Museum Beijing between 2017 and 2021.

Dr. Jing Zeng is a senior research and teaching associate at the Department
of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland. She
is co-leading two international projects that research online conspiracies
and AI imaginaries funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Joni Zhu is a curator and academic whose work explores visual cultures
considering socio-techno-economic development, minoritarian politics, and
machinic conditions. She has held a postdoctoral position researching arts
in digital and networked surveillance in the Department of Visual Cultures
at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Hang Li is a researcher and curator. She is currently the Asymmetry
Curatorial Writing Fellow at Chisenhale Gallery and a practice-based PhD
researcher at the Royal College of Art.


‘Remote Affinity: Working together from a distance’ is an online research
project exploring how forms of community support and care can be integrated
with cooperative, translocal approaches in art and technology. Curated by
Hang Li as the inaugural Asymmetry Curatorial Writing Fellow between April
- October 2021, the project involves a series of online conversations,
interviews, closed-door workshops, and assembly forums. The materials
generated during the fellowship will be shared at chisenhale.org.uk. An
archival website and a publication will be produced at the end of the


Hang Li
Pronouns: she/her

PhD researcher

School of Arts and Humanities

Royal College of Art

E: hang.li at network.rca.ac.uk

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