Creating Publicness: From the Stars Event to Recent Socially Engaged Art
Volume 9, Number 5, September/October 2010
by Zheng Bo
There has been much debate about whether the concept of “publicness,” a concept that is rooted in European history, can be applied to studies of China. By reviewing related theories, Zheng Bo proposes that China and the West face different obstacles in the pursuit of publicness: in the West, the problem involves what Jürgen Habermas refers to as the “refeudalization” of the public sphere, while in China, the difficulty concerns how to achieve publicness when the public is still subjected to political control in every aspect of life.
off-site art, China, publicness, Wu Wenguang, China Village Documentary Project, Zheng Bo, Karibu Islands, Stars Outdoor Art
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