To Chinese observers, the West represents a threat. From a Western perspective, China is worrying. How can we speak about this specifically? This question was the basis of the “Lost in Translation” conference held in Beijing on 24 July 2013.
In all the aspects that are generally discussed, there is a lack, in particular, of mutual understanding of political systems and underlying social assumptions. That is why the conference focussed so much on experiences, perspectives and either party’s expectations of society in a globalised world. The event was created by the artist and filmmaker Christian von Borries. The iRights.Lab, the Goethe Institute China and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Science at Tsinghua University were partners.
Topics discussed included ownership, human rights, intellectual property rights and rights at work. This framework provided the basis for a clear discussion of differences in Chinese and Western thinking and allowed specific conclusions to be drawn. Philipp Otto, Founder and Executive Director of the iRights.Lab, was invited onto a panel discussion on intellectual property. Together with Shen Dong, Central University of Communication Beijing and CCTV Reporter, he discussed differences in understanding and approaching intellectual property.
The event finished with the Chinese première of the documentary HIGH TECH LOW LIFE. The film follows two Chinese bloggers and describes their everyday lives. During the event, Christian von Borries also showed the first sequences from his then-unfinished documentary film “iPhone China”.