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Shanzhai Archeology — The Making of Technology in Shenzhen


May 15, 2018
May 15, 2018 (All day)
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW   View map

Electronic devices possess their own trajectory. The production of digital technologies, from raw materials to information machines, take place in various places and cycles around the planet. On their back, the “Made in China” tag stands as a crucial piece of a mostly unwritten story.

During the last decades, the region of the Pearl River Delta in Southern China has been home to the largest production and assembling of technologies that has ever taken place in the history of mankind. At its forefront, the city of Shenzhen has become a new global center for technology, with many of the biggest tech companies in the world today.


The legendary speed of Shenzhen’s urban and industrial development has led to the appearance of entirely new technological phenomena with all their drawbacks, from the confidential development of weird shanzhai (1) phones to the biggest shipment of Foxconn products all over the world. This discussion panel will be an occasion to look back at the many sides of this critical zone.



DISNOVATION.ORG (Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska) [FR/PL], artists and curators

Clément Renaud [FR], researcher, artist and writer

An Xiao Mina [US], artist, designer, writer and technologist

Featuring Taobao Village by Liam Young [UK], film director and speculative architect

Moderator: Irini Mirena Papadimitriou [GR], curator and producer


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