Ou Ning

Ou Ning is a multi-disciplinary practitioner from China. As an artist and filmmaker, he is known for the urban research and documentary projects such as San Yuan Li (2003), commissioned by the 50th Venice Art Biennale; Meishi Street (2006), commissioned by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and premiered in MoMA New York. As a curator, he initiated the biennial art and design exhibition “Get It Louder” (2005, 2007, 2010), and curated the group sound installations at Battersea Power Station in London, commissioned by Serpentine Gallery (2006); 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (chief curator); 2011 Chengdu Biennale (cocurator); Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project (co-curated with Hou Hanru, 2012-2013).

As a writer and editor, he is known for his seminal books New Sound of Beijing (1997), Odyssey: Architecture and Literature (2009), The Chinese Thinking: Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviewed China’s Leading Figures (2012), South of Southern: Space, Geography, History and the Biennale (2014) and his literary bimonthly journal Chutzpah! (2011-2013), which just published an anthology Chutzpah! -New Voice from China by University of Oklahoma Press in 2015. As an activist, he lived in a small village in Anhui Province and founded the Bishan Commune (2011- 2016) and School of Tillers (2015-2016) to join the new rural reconstruction movement in China, which just had a retrospective exhibition at Florence National Library organized by Polimoda in 2015.

Ou Ning was the member of Asian Art Council at Guggenheim Museum (2011) and speaker of Aspen Idea Festival (2012). He also worked as a jury member of the 8th Benesse Prize at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale (2009), Yokohama International Media Art Festival (2009), the 22nd Milan Asian, African and Latin American Film Festival (2012), Debut Award at Lisbon Architecture Triennial (2013). He is a frequent contributor to various magazines, books and has lectured around the world.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4871‑1 Spring 2017
Curatorial Practices and Place Making
Ou Ning Syllabus History/Theory - Non-Western
200 Buell Hall
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A4575‑1 Fall 2016
Ou Ning Syllabus HIST- NON WESTERN
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
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