Renmin University's symposium 东西方艺术当代发展 East-West Art: Contemporary Development is turning out quite exciting in all the ways I hoped. European (mostly Scottish) and Chinese artists and scholar are reflecting on issues of meaning, suffering, universality - as well as what contemporary (sic) art (sic) might mean in China. It's interesting to me because it's all framed by the unofficial question of what one organizer calls "art as religion" - the way in which art "suspends" the viewer/ reader "between worlds." We're suspended between lots of worlds here, fun fun! And as the pics attest, Beijing's doing its part: late Spring floral glory ... under blue skies!