15 Invitations for 15 Years
|When||Apr 2015–Spring 2017|
|Where||Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong|
A special programme series featuring exhibitions, projects, written works, performances, a blog, and publication marking Asia Art Archive's 15-year anniversary.
AAA extends 15 Invitations to creative practitioners to look within and beyond the organisation as an archive, a collection of material, a digital platform, and a node in a wider collective network. The 15 Invitations take various sizes, forms, and directions—literary, polemic, political, sonic, physical, and digital—and function as a series of 'drop pins' to alternatively navigate where AAA originated and where it may be going. AAA’s e-journal Field Notes traces the 15 participants as they contribute notes and entries to document the process, resulting in a final print publication.
01 | Marysia Lewandowska
The 2014–2015 AAA resident artist contributes 'Property, Protest, Commons, and the Alternative Economies of Art', a series of public workshops co-organised with curator Esther Lu.
02 | Samson Young
The Hong Kong–based artist moves through various locations in and around AAA by way of a roving sound station—doubling as a bookmobile and deejay booth—to generate a series of public broadcasts for his sound work 'AAAFM99.3'.
03 | Ingrid Chu
AAA's Public Programmes Curator explores the international phenomenon of the 'art book bag' in 'a short history of the art book bag (and the things that go in them)' through an exhibition in the AAA library alongside a gift bag, zine, and blog entry in Field Notes.
04 | Zoe Butt
Writer and curator of Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, and facilitator of AAA's 2011 Mobile Library programme in Vietnam, contributes a text to Field Notes on the integral role of friendship to the longevity of arts infrastructures.
05 | Inti Guerrero
Dec 2015–Feb 2016
The Hong Kong-based independent curator presents 'Udlot-udlot', an exhibition around his research of Filipino experimental composer José Maceda though works, short films, and artefacts in the AAA library—a selection of material sourced from AAA’s The Chabet Archive.
06 | Hu Fang & Zhang Wei
Guangzhou-based founders of the multidisciplinary Vitamin Creative Space intervene into the AAA library stacks with select books on experimental botany, geology, and gardening philosophy that activate alternative readings of the AAA collection.07 | Shilpa Gupta
Mumbai-based artist presents 'That photo we never got', a research-based exhibition that draws out narratives from the AAA collection to explore friendships and love in the field of art.
Following his 2014 residency, New York-based artist Walid Raad has developed 'Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi'. The project stems from his interest and research into AAA's Ha Bik Chuen Archive and consists of several 'sculptural spaces' built by Raad's fictional collaborator, Suha Traboulsi, who creates reproductions of canonical modern paintings by Arab artists.
09 | ruangrupa
Jakarta-based artist collective ruangrupa stages 'Toko Pura-Pura' as a play on toko rupa-rupa, or 'assorted shop'—where many of Hong Kong's Indonesian domestic workers' daily needs are met. Utilising old and new archives, the shop serves as a transactional space where knowledge and ideas are exchanged through collaborations with Hong Kong-based artists, musicians, designers, and cultural initiatives.
10 | Wong Wai Yin
The Hong Kong-based artist and 2011 AAA resident presents 'Talking Archive' to uncover the 'true opinions' behind the material in AAA's collection by inviting a psychic medium to speak to them. His findings will be shown in the form of a video and site-specific installation.
The Jaffna-based visual artist and art educator draws parallels between methods of archiving and art making, while delving into the idea of within the context of ethnic conflict.
Hong Kong-born British poet Sarah Howe gives a talk to present new poems based on her research of the AAA collection and to share her experience and discoveries during the process.
Hong Kong and Bangalore-based scholars of critical geography and urban studies consider the politics of contested urban settings through the lens of recent art of Asia to create new understandings of Hong Kong as a collage of multiple logics.
The Pakistan-based artist inquiries into the possibilities of fiction to construct multiple pasts through notes, images, and schematic representations of his collaborative work-in-progress 'Present Elsewhere'.
15 | Nonny de la Peña
Recognised for her work in 'immersive journalism,' Nonny de la Peña draws from the AAA collection to create a new iteration of an earlier performance that pushes the boundaries of virtual reality and digital technology.
15 Invitations for 15 Years is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation, and The Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The programme is part of the ADC 20th Anniversary Celebration Series. Special thanks to Hani Charaf, Kemistry Design; and Spring Workshop.