Started in 2011 by European Alternatives, Transnational Dialogues is an open and on-going cross-media platform managing and imagining artistic and cultural projects with a focus on the new geographies of globalisation and the emergence of a multi-polar artistic and intellectual world.
Transnational Dialogues facilitates artists, creatives, professionals, intellectuals and writers from Europe, China and Brazil to come together for a series of exchanges in both physical form and online. The platform promotes sharing of information, networking, and conceptual collaboration between individuals, organisations and institutions working in a variety of disciplines transnationally, and offers a trampoline for future collaborations and initiatives.
Transnational Dialogues Journal 2014 is a 64-page journal in English, Chinese and Portuguese, available free of charge for download or online consultation. The publication documents and reflects upon the activities of Transnational Dialogues across Brazil, China and Europe in 2014.
The articles can be traced back to three main strands. Utopias, Futures and Dreams [U]starts with a reflection on aesthetics and politics by Luiz Camillo Osorio, followed by a thorough overview on how this applies to the recent wave of protests in Hong Kong (Rachel Marsden). The discourse continues with memories from a visit to a garden, the utopia par excellence, by Chinese novelist Hu Fang.
Artists and Cities [C] follows with an account of the activities of Entremeios, an urban design project in Rio de Janeiro (Barbara Szaniecki and Zoy Anastassakis). From São Paulo comes the experience of Largo da Batata, which looks at public and collective making (Laura Sobral). Finally, Andressa Vianna and Chico Daviña invite us to leave our comfort zone when undertaking such transnational dialogues.
Cultural Policies [P] brings together analyses and reflections on the interaction between the governmental, the commercial, and the practitioners’ spheres in the artistic, cultural and creative sectors. Starting with a quick overview on China (Wang Dong), the section focuses on Brazil with contributions from both practitioners (Mariana Lorenzi and Jota Mombaça) and politicians (Juca Ferreira and Tatiana Richard).
The journal also features photos and artworks by Adeline de Monseignat, Andrea De Stefani, Dao Dao, FangEr & MengJin (Fake Design), Kate Thackara, Laura Engelhardt, Lin Jingjing, Luca Forcucci, MP5, Nina Gschloessl, Ronald Duarte, Tianji Zhao, Xing Xin and Zhang Kechun.