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 An archival website and a publication will be produced at the end of the project.


Hang Li

Pronouns: she/her

PhD researcher 

School of Arts and Humanities

Royal College of Art