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From September 4th 2007 to October 1st 2007:
"Made in China" by Zou Susu
“Last year while walking on the streets of Paris, I wanted to buy a present for my mother. Since I had heard a lot about French bags, I went to a leather bag shop. A pair of black woman’s eyes welcomed me warmly. After having a look at the bags I asked: -Are these made in China? Her eyes became even bigger as she said: -But of course!
During the 90s China drew a great attention to itself by its economical expansion. More and more countries came to China to find their ways in this new market; production of food, clothes, vehicles and what else not both for the market in China and worldwide started booming. No wonder why since recent years the phrase ‘The world is made in China’ has become very popular.
My friends – a French couple – are living in Shanghai; they have a five year old daughter. The girl most of the time is speaking Chinese, even Shanghainese. Every morning the mother takes her to a local kindergarten where she is studying and playing together with their Chinese neighbor’s children. Once I asked my friend if they are planning to go back to France by the time their daughter will have to go to primary school. She said that their daughter will study in Shanghai. I had a thought on that - the little girl is definitely thinking in Chinese, and this new east and west integrated thinking is also ‘made in China’.
During the school years I could rarely buy any editions that would be related to computer arts. Most of the ones I came across were from Hong Kong. Although the magazines were in Chinese most of the art work was from the West – I would say ‘pure import’. Although time has passed most of the Chinese computer and electronic artwork and artists are still living underground. A few days ago I was discussing this question with Thomas Charveriat - this Spanish and English Speaking Frenchman – he had the same opinion - Chinese computer arts are still not enough exposed. So we decided to make an exhibition. Thomas asked me to think of a good Chinese name for the exhibition. I said – (Zhongguo zhizao) Made in China. We set the rules of this ‘game’ – it had to be Electronic, Computer, Multimedia artwork that is made in China. Of course we did not restrict nationalities of the artists. We wanted to have a work that has undergone different cultural influences. Due to the easiness of cross-cultural communication and mobility of the present world Made in China in reality is ‘Made in the world’. This same model also applies to the art work; the very best example is Island6's group of artists. Artists from different countries are working together in Shanghai. They are different people with different traditions, from different cultural backgrounds. By working together in a new environment they are exposed to each others influence that leads them to new discoveries.
Made in China has its pros and cons. On one hand, both in China and all over the world, we can see more and more high-tech goods that are produced in China; on the other hand, more and more cities in China are trying hard to be modern and look the same as the rest of the world while loosing their identity and culture. This phenomenon of cross-cultural mixing touches not only China but also the rest of the world.
Made in China has influenced the west but not to extent were western cultures would become endangered. While China being ‘the world’s factory’ and undergoing these different influences has put itself in danger… Our culture has started to take a strange shape. There is a very popular square in Shanghai that has a huge statue on one side of it and two glass constructions on the other side; at the sight of it you know it’s a copy of Parisian underground station. On my way home I have to pass a huge building that has two Roman warrior statues on both sides of its main door; the ceramic tiles on its façade are perfectly matching the tiles on the public toilet from across the road.
Enormous number of old buildings are brought down, but instead of them appear copies of buildings from all over the world, containing  the most bizarre elements; even interiors of private apartments are starting to look like karaoke rooms - this is the present appearance of our culture.
Art is the mirror of a society’s culture. In this exhibition artists by using different mixed media art-tech tools, show their contemplation on ‘mutation’ between different cultures in the Made in China mood.”

 Made in China, an exhibition curated by Z.Susu and presented by Computer Art Magazine China.
 With: Y.Longhai, M.Delesalle, M.Gabillet, Z.Susu, D.Dong, T.Charveriat, C.Demaître, X.Chao, R.Tang,
 Z.Simpson, V. Terrier, JF.Cantin, S. Messam, Z.Mellupe, Xigua, T.Israël. From Sep4 to Oct1 2007
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