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This event occurred on
September 12, 2010
8:00am - 8:00am CST
(UTC +8hrs)

"Factory 798", also known as 798 Art Zone in North-East Beijing, is the largest and most influential art district in China that houses a thriving artist community and hosts world-class international and Chinese exhibits. It is where the event host UCCA is located. However, "Factory 798" stands far more than a place name. "Factory" being the core originator and catalyst of the modern world stands for growth, innovation and change. The three digit number "798" symbolizes the country's cutting edge art movement led by a new generation of change makers.

The theme of the First TEDxFactory798 is "Outsider Insider", with Chinese name "两个世界的边缘" (The edge of two worlds).

TEDxFactory798 embraces original ideas in a burgeoning country using the third eye's perspective to observe the ecology of design, architecture and art in China.

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Brendan McGetrick

Brendan McGetrick Brendan is an independent writer, editor, and designer. His work has appeared in publications in over twenty countries, including Wired, Art Review, Domus, and Casa BRUTUS. His recent projects include the books Becoming (Ivory Press, 2008) made in collaboration with Ai Weiwei and Norman Foster , MAD Dinner (Actar, 2008) made in collaboration with MAD/Ma Yansong and Urban China: Work In Progress (Timezone 8, 2009) made in collaboration with Urban China magazine/Jiang Jun , as well as 桌志 | Eat Up, a magazine about consumption formatted as a table cloth. From 2002-2006, he served as head writer at the research studio AMO. His latest book, Who is Architecture? will be released in December 2010.

Neville Mars

Neville Mars is the chief architect of MARS-1 Space Design, a Beijing based office engaged with sustainable design on all scales, from green furniture to buildings, to cities. Neville is known mostly as the founder of the Dynamic City Foundation of which is an international research platform that maps the impact of hyper-speed urbanization in China. MARS approaches urban growth as essentially organic and it is from this perspective that Neville describes the new urban typologies and social realities that have emerged in China's vibrant urban laboratory.

Megan and KC Vienna Connolly

The sisters Megan and KC Vienna Connolly are co-founders of ChART Contemporary, a Beijing based curatorial lab dedicated to bringing together art & people. Founded in 2008, their overarching goal is to establish cultural bridges between the East and West through programs and activities that promote contemporary art and culture. Both native New Yorkers, Megan Connolly-a contemporary Chinese art specialist-and KC Vienna Connolly-a trained sculptor and art educator-have over a decade of experience working between China, Hong Kong and the United States.

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Kathmandu, Nepal


Beijing, China