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30 Apr 2020 - 30 Apr 2020

Global Webinar | Contagious Cities: Facing and Understanding the Pandemic

The Cultural Research Network organises a global webinar on April 30 2020 - Contagious Cities: Facing and Understanding the PandemicParticipants are invited to register for the zoom webinar.

Are we ready to face the global challenge of Covid-19 pandemic outbreak? Do we know how microbes, migration and metropolises cohabitate or relate to each other? Can we tap into the artistic and cultural creativity to better understand the global infectious diseases or even investigate how they travel across urban and human borders?

The webinar will raise and discuss these questions in a live conversation with artists, curators, researchers and cultural producers of the Contagious Cities. This international cultural project was developed by Wellcome Trust in 2018 to mark the centenary of the 1918 flu pandemic that infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50 million people. The VSG will share important insights from the Contagious Cities project, that brought together international curators, artists and scientists through residences across New York, Hong Kong and Geneva to explore how epidemics spread in urban environments.

The webinar will be available via zoom. To register please visit here:

Date & Time: April 30, 2020

New York 8:30 AM

London 1:30 PM
Moscow 3:30 PM
Hong Kong 8:30 PM
Sydney 10:30 PM


Ken Arnold - Creative Director at Wellcome (London, UK)
Sarah Henry - Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the Museum of the City of New York (New York, USA)
Ying Kwok  - Curator of Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close at Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong, China)
Matt Adams - Co-founder of Blast Theory (London, UK)
James Doeser - Freelance cultural researcher (London, UK)

Moderator: Natalia Grincheva

Contagious Cities was an international cultural project led by Wellcome which supported local conversations around the global challenges of epidemic preparedness. It ran from September 2018 to September 2019.

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