“Lunar Talk” is a new masterpiece created by Marjolijn Dijkman, an artist who has revisited Lunar Society of Birmingham and then put its history into his art artistic creation. It’s on display on the 11th Shanghai Biennale. During the full moon of each month, a group of scientists, scholars, literati and artists are invited by Dijkman and the members of the 11th Shanghai Biennale curator team to have one after another interdisciplinary brainstorm around the table of Lunar Society, which is copied by Dijkman.
The “Lunar Talk Ⅳ” of this month happens to the day after the Lantern Festival. We’ve invited neurobiologist Qiu Zilong, science fiction author Xia Jia, Artist Mao Chenyu, anthropologist Zhou Lei and programmer Zhu Huanjie. They constitute the science-aholics of the “Lunar Talk Ⅳ”. They will let their ideas bump and blend from their own subject. This time, we have prepared the seat for you as we always do. Anyone who is interested about this activity is welcomed. In addition, Mao Chenyu will bring some self-made distilled spirit for you. Let’s have a hot talk along with the fine drink!
Time: 2.12 Thur. 15:00-17:00
Venue: PSA 1st floor, the table of Lunar Society
Host: Liu Tian
Guests: Qiu Zilong, Xia Jia, Mao Chenyu, Zhou Lei, Zhu Huanjie
*If you want to join the discussion, please click the link for reservation. We will select the audience.
*Meanwhile, you are welcomed to watch the talk. It’s for free, but the ticket for the 11th Shanghai Biennale is needed.
In 1765, a group of pioneers in different fields constituted a society in the name of the moonlight, in Birmingham, England. They were driven by the lunatic and enchanting power, speaking freely on all kinds of topics covering science, industry, financial, etc. Although they called themselves “Lunatics”,don’t presume that they are speaking without consciousness. Their interdisciplinary discussion and debate succeeded to promote the development of England and the whole world afterwards. The membership of the “Lunar Society” included famous Erasmus Darwin, Mathew Boulton, James Watt and so on.
21st century artist Marjolijn Dijkman summoned by mystic power of the moon, has rebuilt the “Lunar Society” on the 11th Shanghai Biennale, giving vitality to the historical story. She has copied the table of Lunar Society and put it on the first floor of the gallery. Normally, the table is taken by the audience for rest or chat, which has form many lunar talks by chance.
On full moon days, Marjolijn Dijkman and Liu Tian, one of the members of the 11th Shanghai Biennale curator team, will organize a talk according to the convention of the “Lunar Society”. People who are both knowledgeable and interesting are invited to talk freely, and to take a piece of special thing as the start point of communication.