TALK SERIES

Unpacking Global

When 23-25 May
Where Multiple Venues

中文

Asia Art Archive presents a series of panel discussions titled 'Unpacking Global' to enquire into the different registers in which ideas of the 'global' work. In each of the next three years, AAA will examine one element of 'global' art and its modes of circulation, display, and enquiry. In 2013, AAA starts with the notion of 'form,' exploring the impact that the 'global' has on artistic practice, in conversation with artists from around the world. The AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture, honouring a significant voice in the field, will this year feature the influential Delhi-based critic, curator, and scholar Geeta Kapur.

In conjunction with the Hong Kong edition of Art Basel.
Sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region; Bloomberg; and The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.
Funded by: Burger Collection.
Special Thanks: Yana & Stephen Peel.
Media partners: ArtAsiaPacific and Timeout Hong Kong.

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Talk | Thursday 23 May 5:30–7:30pm
Abstraction

Venue: N106-108, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Language: English and Mandarin with simultaneous interpretation
Speakers:
Byron Kim (New York), Seher Shah (New York), Wang Guangle (Beijing)
Moderator: Joan Kee, Assistant Professor, History of Art, University of Michigan

Histories of abstraction often center on the refusal to produce mimetic works, an impulse critically shaped by the pressures brought to bear in the 19th century with technological innovations such as photography. Abstraction became a critical means through which to explore the relationship between art and reality, a project taken up in many parts of Asia, especially in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, and Pakistan, and more recently, China. More pressing still is the extent to which abstraction has figured as a privileged lens through which to think about the boundary separating the internal imagined realm of the work from the extra-artistic context in which it exists. This is particularly the case for artists of Asian descent living and working in sites whose own conceptions of abstraction have only recently begun to acknowledge non-Western works. This panel investigates what might be called the content of abstraction and the extent to which that content is motivated by larger desires to address structural inequalities and discrepancies on which the idea of contemporary art is founded.

Talk | Friday 24 May 5–6:30pm
The Document

Venue: N106-108, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Language: English with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation
Speakers: Abbas Kiarostami (Tehran), Linda Lai (Hong Kong), Shooshie Sulaiman (Kuala Lumpur)
Moderator: Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes, Asia Art Archive

The document, and the archival impulse it embodies, has become the preeminent artistic form in critically relevant art circuits. At Documenta 13 (held every five years in Germany, and widely considered a key barometer to assess artistic currents), for example, the document confronted one at every corner: as performance; as film; as mobile phone photos and videos; as sculptural installations; as interactive tours; and, at least in one case, as the fabric of the building itself. This dominance of form is also due to an expansion of the scale and scope of what the document does. The ease and economy of digital image-making is one enabling factor. But arguably the greater impact has come from a shift in how artists have moved beyond the archive as a store of ‘truths’ and fixed meanings to embrace the production of meaning as a fragmentary, elusive, individual, and participatory enterprise. This panel focuses on how the document is now a site of construction where the fictive meets the factual, chance meets repetitive order, and evidence meets speculation.

Talk | Saturday 25 May 5:30–7:30pm
AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture: Geeta Kapur | Citizen Artist: Forms of Address

Venue: N106-108, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Language: English with simultaneous Mandarin interpretation

This year, AAA welcomes Geeta Kapur as the AAA Burger Collection Keynote speaker. Kapur is a Delhi-based critic and curator. Her books include When Was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India (2000) and Ends and Means: critical inscriptions in contemporary art (forthcoming, 2013). She was co-curator of ‘Century City’, Tate Modern (2001); a member of the International Juries at Venice Biennale (2005), Dakar Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007); and a member of the Asian Art Council, Guggenheim Museum (2007-09). She currently sits on Asia Art Archive's Advisory Board. She has held fellowships at Indian and international universities and lectured worldwide.

Talk | Friday 24 May 11am–noon
Vivan Sundaram: Artist, Activist/Curator

Venue: A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong 
Language: English
Speaker: Vivan Sundaram (born 1943), studied painting in Baroda and London in the 1960s. Since 1990 he has turned to working in sculpture, installation, photography, and video. He has exhibited in the Biennials of Sydney (2008), Seville (2006), Taipei (2006), Sharjah (2005), Shanghai (2004), Havana (1997), Johannesburg (1997), and Kwangju (1997). He has participated in group shows in London (Tate Modern, 2001), New York (International Centre for Photography, 2008), Tokyo (Mori Museum, 2008), Munich (Haus der Kunst, 2006), Vienna (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, 2006), Berlin (Haus der Kulteren Welt, 2003), and Rotterdam (Museum Boijamns van Beuningen, 2001). Vivan Sundaram lives in Delhi and is married to the art writer Geeta Kapur.


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