Soft Urbanism

New Silk Road

“New Silk Road, Portal to World Imagination on the East-West, facilitates the re-imagination of the cities along the Silk Road (One Belt One Route), refreshes the dialogue in an era of (post) modernity and fabricates spaces for cross-imagination.

Imagination is the prime source of knowledge, and in the late thirteenth centuries, the Italian voyager Marco Polo, wrote a half-documented and half-imagined travelogue, titled “Dong Fang Jian Wen Lu” (The Oriental Discovery), during his voyage to the Orient in the Yuan Dynasty. This inspired the Spanish navigator, Columbus’ re-imagination of China, to set sail and begin his sea adventures. With ideal and reality, illusion and delusion all in one, Columbus “discovered” a new continent, the North America in 1492.”.

The 4 Session of the Silk Road International Art Festival
10.00-17.00, 16 September-3 October 2017

Xi’an Art Museum
Xi’an, Shaanxi, P.R.  China

Silk Road International Art Festival

“The annual Silk Road International Festival is an international festival which is hosted by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and Shanxi Provincial People’s Government and organized by the Department of Culture of Shaanxi Province. As an important part of the festival, the International Art Exhibition has been successfully held three times since 2014. The number of participating countries has increased significantly from around 10 to 81 since 2014, and there were 190 artists from 81 countries participating in the Third Silk Road International Art Exhibition in 2016.”
Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government

Soft Urbanism

Soft Urbanism, as a vision of the urban in the digital age, is based on a “Network Paradigm” approach, reinventing the historic networks, connecting them to today’s hybrid, combined urban and media, networks, accelerating them into the future.
With ideal and reality, illusion and delusion all in one, end of the 20th Century, “Soft Urbanism” was developed as a “speculative research” into the future of the Urban.
The exhibition in Xi’an Art Museum presents the “Soft Urbanism” vision in the context of reimagining the ancient networks that bound East and West, as a tools for creating hybrid civilizations.