Public Discourse with Xiaolu Guo:
Xiaolu Guo will discuss her film and writing in two upcoming online talks: one presented by the London Review Bookshop, and one co-organized by the Public Humanities Initiative and the Heyman Center of Columbia University. Scroll down for more information.
London Review Bookshop | November 25th, 7 p.m. (London)
As part of the second season of their Screen at Home series, in partnership with MUBI, the London Review bookshop will feature Xiaolu Guo on Angela Schanelec’s Passing Summer (2011).
“Thinking out loud about place and purpose will be the prize-winning novelist, memoirist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo, author of A Lover’s Discourse, just out from Chatto & Windus.”
Columbia University | December 3rd, 4 p.m. (New York)
The Public Humanities Initiative at the Society of Fellows Heyman center is presenting four events this fall that explore architectural and territorial planning as instruments of violence, and the activists that seek to use visual and narrative storytelling as a way to reclaim spatial rights.
For the third event in this series, they will feature Xiaolu Guo’s The Concrete Revolution (2004) followed by a conversation with its director, María González Pendás (SOF/Heyman, Columbia University) and JM Chris Chang (SOF/Heyman, Columbia University).
Part objective documentary, part personal essay, on the surface this film charts the transformation of Beijing as it prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games. In order to present a modern glossy face to the world, one where shiny new buildings and icons of western consumerism are rapidly built and pushed to the foreground, the Chinese government prefers to hide the hardship of the people constructing the new image, and that of the disappearing world of its culture-carrying elders.