Category Archives: TD 2015-2016

The 6th Ring Project

This is a survey project started by the publishing house Floor #2 Press and conducted by artists in the administrative villages within the fifth and sixth rings of Beijing. The project invited and welcomed each participant to conduct field surveys in an artistic form on one particular aspect of a selected village in the region, to be carried out independently or cooperatively with local people for a period of not less than 10 days.

Interview with Man Yu 满宇, Ge Fei 葛非 and Ge Lei 葛磊 by Luigi Galimberti 鲁及 and Ma Yongfeng 馬永峰, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016

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Music Across

by Guilherme Peluci

I started researching about Conducted Improvisation in 2010, when Milagros “Chaya” Vasques (a musician, actress, clown and conductor from Argentina who was living in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) invited me to play with her “Frito na Hora” orchestra, where she used Santiago Vazques “percussión and ritmo con señas” method, to conduct improvisation. Continue reading Music Across


Texto escrito por Azu Nwagbogu para a exposição Foam X African Artists' Foundation, 19 de maio - 16 de julho de 2017, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. The text is also available in English!

“Eis que o povo é um, e todos têm uma mesma língua; e isto é o que começam a fazer; e agora, não haverá restrição para tudo o que eles intentarem fazer.”
Gênesis, capítulo 11, versículo 6

Quando foi a última vez que você viu um protagonista africano, uma pessoa negra em uma narrativa de ficção cujo caráter é aprimorado e inspirador? Talvez em uma história em quadrinhos, ou como James Bond, em uma série de TV conhecida, com certeza alguma coisa no cinema? Enquanto você faz essa busca, apresento aqui três jovens líderes globais africanos que rompem com essa narrativa. Mũchiri Njenga, Kadara Enyeasi e Osborne Macharia estão reformulando nossa realidade contemporânea através de narrativas ficcionais utilizando meios que se valem de lentes. Continue reading Afrofuturismo

Speculations on the Fifth Income

This article by Pedro Victor Brandão is part of the project "Between Crowds and Empires", a multimedia online publication on the collaborative economy. It was firstly published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

During the month of March 2015 I went to Panama along with the critic and curator Beatriz Lemos to develop a research after her invitation to join the Central-American phase of the project Lastro – intercâmbios livres em arte [free exchanges in art].

Researching the history of the country, we learned that Panama was under Spanish rule for almost 300 years (1538-1821). Previously part of the territory of Gran Colombia, in 1903 the United States of America and the Roosevelt administration, in dispute with Colombia, created the country, making the banking group JP Morgan the official fiscal agent of the new country. This was one of Roosevelt’s consolidations of the Monroe Doctrine in Central America. The creation of the country was based purely on commercial interests, including gaining full control of the Inter-Oceanic Canal that was under construction at the time, to be completed in 1914. The country’s image as a tax haven began there. Continue reading Speculations on the Fifth Income

Occupying Public Space in Brazil

Collectives and Bottom-up Initiatives. Learning from the Examples in Brazil. An article by Iva Čukić, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

The aggravation of social inequalities and poverty, and the rise of unemployment and existential uncertainty in Brazil, especially among young people, has driven various groups and individuals to seek niches beyond traditional social structures in the hope of discovering new possibilities and ways of (re-)action in order to achieve their desires and needs. Continue reading Occupying Public Space in Brazil

What Is Lost Is Lost Forever

An article by Sun Siwei 孙思维, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016. The text was conceived for the discussion “Between Crowds and Empires / 群众和帝国之间” that took place at Goethe-Institut Beijing on 18 June 2016.


Yin and I were in Namsoo’s, a Yunnan restaurant near the Andingmen station, eating mushrooms. It started raining outside again. Continue reading What Is Lost Is Lost Forever

Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property

CTRL – Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property. A New Comprehensive Approach to the Music Market. An article by Margherita D'Andrea and Corrado Gemini as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

Summer 2016: the heat is oppressive as you book your house by the sea on Airbnb. You managed to organise seven special days of holiday.

After having filled all the places in the car with passengers who will share the cost of the journey with you, thanks to BlaBlaCar, you rush to prepare dinner for the Norwegian who’s passing through and will stay in your house next week while you’re away. Continue reading Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property

Digua Shequ 地瓜社区

An Underground Middle Path. How Does a Social Initiative Test Commercial Rule and the Common Good? An article by Chen Yiming 陈奕名 as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

The Digua Shequ 地瓜社区 community centre is a city basement renovation project  in Beijing initiated by Zhou Zishu 周子书. Two floors below the street, the basement was once a bomb shelter designed to withstand wartime air raids, before later becoming residential. Continue reading Digua Shequ 地瓜社区

‘Periferia’: The Game

Across 2015 and 2016, Transnational Dialogues  has been developing a research on the shifting role of “marginals” as motors of social and cultural change – looking at perspectives from China, Brazil and Europe. The Brazilian designer Andrés Sandoval created a series of 32 stamps called “Periferia” (i.e., periphery), which represents elements, which he associates with the marginal areas of São Paulo, such as crowds, rain, floods, tear gas, drones or militar police. Continue reading ‘Periferia’: The Game

Between Crowds and Empires | Beijing

The sharing economy has enjoyed remarkably rapid growth over the last five years and looks set to scale new heights over the next decade. Some projections put the sector’s revenues at $335 billion globally by 2025, and the scope for further widening its geographic reach remains huge. The core of the sharing economy is the distribution of unused resources. Continue reading Between Crowds and Empires | Beijing