About Ran Dian 燃点

Ran Dian 燃点 was founded by writers.

Founded in Shanghai and launched in 2010, our aim was a remains to promote independent cultural debate in China and to foster intellectual exchange between China and the rest of the world. This means providing independent commentary on art, artists and exhibitions.

Ran Dian magazine is owned and published by China Art Times Limited (Hong Kong)

Chris Moore, Daniel Szehin Ho and Rebecca Catching

Dr Liang Shuhan

Daniel Szehin Ho

Contributing editors
Thomas Eller, Luise Guest, Gu Ling, Chris Moore, Karen Smith, Adi Hong Tan.

Editors-in-Chief Emeritus
Daniel Szehin Ho 2010-2017
Sang Tian 2017-2018

Ethics Policy
Ran Dian 燃点’s guiding principle is that contributors must avoid engaging in conduct that would undermine the integrity or impartiality of Ran Dian. Accordingly, we require our contributors to observe the following principles.

Actual or potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, will be declared. A “conflict” will arise where any direct or indirect benefit from a third party may accrue to the writer by writing for Ran Dian 燃点 about a subject in a positive or negative light or at all. The test is whether an objective reader informed of all the material circumstances would reasonably construe that there was a potential conflict of interest.

Writers must disclose any conflicts of interests when they are writing about people, institutions, or publications, and also whether:

1. They have, currently or in the last year, been employed or contracted by the person, institution or publication in a professional capacity, for example, as employees, writers, editors, curators, or directors;

2. They are or have been directors on the institution’s board or have undertaken consultancy or advocacy work for said institution; or

3. They have commercial/financial interests, including shares, partnerships, loans, securities or art investments.

No payment, direct or indirect, will be accepted for editorial content. This includes any goods, services, discounts, money, loans, tips, or entertainment over 500 RMB. The inevitable exception in the art world is exhibition opening dinners–your professionalism however, should mean you know not to sell your soul for a nice meal with collectors, artists or gallerists!

Advertising will be clearly marked as such.

Sources will be checked and acknowledged.

Contributors will be accurate regarding objective facts.

As far as practical, translations will be faithful to the original text.

Copyright in all relevant works, including text, images and video, will otherwise be acknowledged and licenses obtained where necessary.

Historical images used for illustrative purposes but whose source cannot be reasonably identified (for instance, due to the photographer or artist being deceased or cannot be located), will only be displayed on the basis of historical relevance and subject to Ran Dian 燃点 subsequently identifying the relevant rights holder where possible. This policy is necessary due to the rapid development of the contemporary art sector in China over recent decades, which has outstripped the development of an accompanying art infrastructure, including the development of image banks and rights agencies.


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Ran Dian 燃点 is fully owned by China Art Times Limited (Hong Kong)

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Anyone wishing to reproduce content from Ran Dian’s website in any form must first obtain the written authorization of the Editors.

Ran Dian 燃点 acknowledges copyright in all artworks presented on this website and further acknowledges that the reproduction rights of all artworks on this website including photographic reproductions of artworks belong to their creators and are protected by copyright.

We welcome any copyright holder contacting us to discuss the presentation of artworks.

Data Privacy

Ran Dian 燃点 is pleased that you have chosen to visit our website and that you are interested in our content. Protecting your personal data during its collection, processing, and use while visiting our website is an important matter to us.

Despite careful monitoring of the content, we are not liable for external links to others’ content, because we have not initiated the transfer of this information, have not chosen the addressees of the transmitted information, and have not selected or edited the transmitted information.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), effective from 25 May 2018, readers in Europe have the specific right to see the personal data we hold about you. Our contact information is set out below.

The collection, processing, and use of your data take place according to legal regulations, about which you can read in detail at, for example, www.datenschutz.de. The following explains which information we collect during your visit to our web site and how this information is used:

Collection and Processing of Data; when necessary, personal data
Data is stored in a log file whenever a user accesses a page of randian-online.com and whenever a file is requested. Storage is solely for internal, system-related and statistical purposes. Specifically, the following data record is stored with each request:

* Name of the accessed file
* Date and time of the access
* Amount of data transferred
* Notification of whether the access was successful
* Description of the type of web browser used
* Requested domain

Additional personal data such as your name, your address, telephone number, or e-mail address are not collected; unless you provide this data voluntarily, e.g., in connection with a registration you wish to make, a survey, a prize competition, with carrying out a contract, or due to a request for information.

Insofar as you have made personal data available to us, the use and forwarding of data are used solely for the purpose of technically administering the web site and fulfilling your wishes and requests, in particular for concluding a contract made with you, or for answering your inquiry.

Forwarding, selling, or otherwise transferring your personal data to third parties does not occur.

Your personal data are deleted:

* When you revoke your agreement for their retention.
* When knowledge of the personal data is no longer necessary to fulfill the purpose achieved by their retention or their retention is illegal for other reasons.


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Right to

Right to disclosure

Upon written request, we will gladly inform you of which data we have saved about your person (e.g., name, address, telephone number, date of birth).

Automatically Collected, Non-Personal Data

During access to our website, automatically generated information which cannot be associated with a specific person is collected (e.g., about an Internet browser or an operating system; domain names of web pages, from which access occurs via a web link; number of visits; average time spent on a web page; viewed pages). Our company uses this information to improve our website, to update it, and thus to increase its attractiveness.

Generation of cookies

When you visit our web page(s) or website, it can happen that information we collect can be placed on your computer in the form of a so-called “cookie,” which permits your computer to be automatically recognized again during your next visit to our website. Cookies allow us, among other things, to adapt our website to your wishes, or to save your password so that you need not enter it again each time.

If you do not wish information about your computer to be recognized again, please configure your Internet browser so that it deletes cookies from the computer’s hard drive, blocks all cookies, or warns you before a cookie is stored.

If you leave our web site using a link or by clicking on possible banner advertising, and thus are on a third-party site (a site owned and operated by others), it can happen that a third-party site may place their own cookies on your computer. We are legally not responsible for its cookies. For information about the use of such cookies and the information saved in them from our advertising partners, please read their data privacy policies.

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Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

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Security note

We endeavour to take all necessary technical and organizational security measures to store your personal data in such a manner as to be accessible neither to third parties nor to the general public. Should you wish to communicate with us using e-mail, we wish to point out that with this method of communication, the confidentiality of the transmitted information cannot be completely guaranteed. We therefore recommend that you send us confidential information only using the postal service.

Unapproved use of texts, graphics, images, or other content of this website is not permitted.

Contacting us

Please write to the following address, if you still have questions about the processing of your personal data: randian.online@gmail.com

Despite careful monitoring of the content, we are not liable for the content of other sites or pages linked to by this website. The sole responsibility for the content of the sites linked to lies with the operators of these sites.