This next iteration of Now&Them will be a printed book and exhibition held in June 2016. Titled ‘Chinese Whispers’, we will feature visual artists and writers and all the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to ‘The Library Project’ by Heart to Heart, a charitable organisation in Shanghai.
June 18 – 22, 9am – 6pm.
21st Floor, 45 Caoxi North Road (near Zhaojiabang Road)
The theme for ‘Chinese Whispers’ revolves around storytelling.
Storytelling is a hugely human thing to do and we live our lives in terms of the stories we tell and the stories we listen to. Stories can give us meaning by expressing our values, teaching our young, and conveying the intricacies of the cultures we experience throughout our lives. Individually, stories often connect elements of one’s own experience providing a sense of wholeness and a comforting idea that all the pieces of our life fit together and add up to something meaningful.
On the other hand, stories can sometimes simply be entertaining and as interactive as a conversation. This framework of telling a yarn or a myth or a simple narrative is something that has happened since the beginning of time, across all cultures and age groups and has evolved from an oral tradition over 50,000 years. Fast forward to today and now – in the age of telecommunications, storytelling takes on a further transformation. Immediacy, collaboration, critiquing and access to a wider knowledge base all play a part in its evolution.
Their imagination visualised through one tale created by many storytellers. In the true tradition of Now&Them, we invited the next group of creative leaders to contribute collaboratively to ‘Chinese Whispers’. Their imagination visualised through one tale created by many storytellers.