2012 Move on Asia
Since the 1990s, which were represented by globalism and the establishment of the biennale and art fair systems, the global art scene has undergone many rapid changes. These changes have accelerate the popularization, financialization, and industrialization of contemporary art and created a demand for new forms of alternative cultural events.
In Move on Asia, annually organized by the Asia Curators Network, 20 curators and 40 video artists from Asian nations present the present and future of 21st century video art. Move on Asia, composed of exhibitions, seminars, and publications, generated discourses surrounding a new theme each year. The event travels to each Asian country, transcending any regional limitations. It differs from other forms of international happenings in terms of form and content and can be considered a new form of media exhibition presenting a new alternative vision.
First, Move on Asia is an organic, international contemporary art event with an extremely horizontal structure. A network stretching across the globe has rapidly progressed since the onset of globalization. Although globalization has brought about lots of positive changes, the negative effect of the imbalance created by the enormous amount of capital and rapidly advanced nations is a serious issue, as Noam Chomsky argued. A globalization that pursued harmony should maintain a horizontal structure to ensure the diversity of cultural subjects and break away from the influence of capital. In this respect, Move on Asia has a very democratic structure much like the polis or a city-state in the Greek era, as opposed to a more centralized system. Independent curators from Korea and other Asian nations have been brought together based on independency and autonomy. This system can be organically recomposed and deconstructed according to the themes set by the curators and thus, it is able to more democratically embrace the subjects demanded by the international contemporary art world.
Second, Move on Asia aims to create new discourses and chart a new path for Asia's moving images int eh 21st century. Media art genres have become further segmented into video art, experimental films, and net art around the end of the 20th century, and there is a rising trend at present to integrate those segments into an all0embracing concept of "moving image." In parallel with the emergence of this trend, Move on Asia intends to spearhead a new type of moving image confined by no boundaries and signifying the integration and expansion of different media art genres, thereby creating a new definition for moving image and pointing to new possibilities. It will also throw new light on Asia's art scene in the digital era of the 21st century through showcasing different moving images of Asian artists.
Third, Move on Asia aims to establish Asia's largest moving image archive. What brought Move on Asia into life is an expansive global human network formed upon the foundation of shared agenda. Consistency in planning and organizing the project is adding to the expansion and solidarity of this network of international art communities and cultivation forward-looking cultural hub with a growing influence. This hub enables moving image artists of diverse Asian countries to demonstrate their creations and increase exchange, while allowing curators form across Asia to engage in active discussions, expanding the archive as years go by. It also serves as a platform, upon which works of different Asian countries are our on display next to each other and analyzed to generate insights into the wide spectrum of Asian media culture. The artworks and data are being compiled and released both online and offline, targeting audiences across the globe.
Along with the change of social, cultural paradigms and globalization in the 1980s, a wide variety of international art events and the biennale system seems stuck in a rut combined with art capital. I feel this is the time to explore an alternative international platform system. The Asia Curators Networks makes a small defiant attempt to attain this through this Move on Asia project. Through the successful staging of Move on Asia, we aspire to build a new cultural identify in the "global era" of the 21st century and break down stereotypes of Asian culture.
[Austrailia] Angelica Mesiti, Arlo Mountford, Benjamin Ducroz, Daniel Crooks, Dominic Redfern, Kellie Wells, Matthew Griffin, Peter Alwast, Ryszard Dabek, Shaun Gladwell, Sue Dodd, Tess Milne, Van Sowerwine
[China] Chunsheng Lu, Dong Wensheng, Feng Jin, Gongxin Wang, Hongxiang Zhou, Jian Wei Wang, Jie Ming Hu, Li Pinghu, Liang Zhao, Shiqiang Gao, Song Dong, Qing Zhang, Qiusha Ma, Xiao Chun Miao, Xiaoyun Chen, Xuan Kan, Yang Fudong, Yao Zhao, Yong Bin Li, Yue Liang, Zhen Xu
[Hong Kong] Aidan Wong, Bo Zheng, Hong Sang Enoch Cheung, Eric Siu, Howard Chi Lai Cheng, Keung Hung, Khong Chang Kong, Morgan Wong, Tam Shiu Woo, Silas Fong
[India] Chitra Ganesh, Nalini Malani, Pushpamala N., Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Samant, Shine Shivan, Tejal Shah, Thukral & Tagra, Tushar Joag, Valay Shende, Vishal K. Dar
[Indonesia] Anggun Priambodo, Ari Dina Krestiawan, Ari Satria Darma, Eko Nugroho, Hafiz, Hanura Hosea, Henry Foundation, Jompet Kuswidananto, Mahardgika Yudha, Reza Afisina
[Japan] Akira Miyanaga, ALIMO, Atsushi Suzuki, Ayako Yoshimura, Chika Kato, Chikara Matsumoto, Daisuke Nagaoka, Haruo Ishii, Jin Kurashige, Katsunori Mizuno, Kawai + Okamura, Kazumasa Urui, Kentaro Taki, Kohei Kobayashi, Lieko Shiga, Lyota Yagi, Masayuki Kawai, Meiro Koizumi, Minako Kitayama, Pallalink, Takayuki Hino, teamlab, To the Woods, Tochka, Tomoki Kakitani, Yu Araki, Yuka Egeyama, Yuki Ohro, Yusuke Nakajima
[Korea] Bokyoung Suh, Chankyong Park, Dongwook Suh, Hongsok Gim, Hyunjoo Kim, Jaejeong Kim, Jia Chang, Jihoon Park, Jisuk Jung, Kira Kim, Kwangkee Lee, Kyungah Ham, Minouk Lim, Sekweon An, Seonghoon Park, Seongyoun Kim, Seungwon Park, Woosoo Lee, Yangah Ham, Yongho Ki, Yongkyung Kim
[Pakistan] Sophie Ernst
[Philppines] Cocoy Lumbao, Jet Pascua, Lena Cobangbang, Manny Montelibano, Michelle Dizon, Poklong Anading & Ringo Bunoan
[Singapore] Ana Prvacki, Charles Lim, Donna Ong, Kai Syng Tan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Michael Tan, Victric Thng
[Sri Lanka] Thisath Thoradeniya
[Taiwan] Chih Chien Chen, Chi Tsung Wu, Dar Kuen Wu, Kuang Yu Tsui, Sheih Jen Chen, Ya Hui Wang
[Thailand] Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sakarin Krue-on, Sathit Sattarasart, Sudsiri Pui-Ock
[Turkey] Asli Sungu
[Vietnam] Le Vo Tuan, Duc Hai Le & Ngoc Thanh Le, Hao Le
Photo courtesy of the organiser/s