Thu, 30.01.2020 20:00 to 23:00
HKW - Lecture Hall
Passes and Single Tickets

In recent years, live streaming has boomed in China and turned into a veritable industry, even if censors have recently clamped down on the phenomenon. Viewers chat with so-called anchors, and reward them with virtual gifts to be exchanged for actual money. For her documentary, Shengze Zhu followed a dozen streaming anchors for ten months. From more than 800 hours of footage she created a collective portrait not of internet fame but of  lonely lives on the margins of society: a street dancer, a paralyzed girl, a single mother working in a textile factory.

The screening is followed by a response and discussion with Joshua Neves, author of Underglobalization (2020) and researcher on how globalization affects Chinese and Asian video cultures, moderated by Florian Wüst. 



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