The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant 2013 Grantee: Katherine GrubeResearch project: Image and Phenomena: The Development of Video Art in China, 1988 to 1998
Katherine Grube is the grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant 2013.
Grube’s research project focuses on ‘Image and Phenomena’, a video art exhibition curated by Wu Meichun and Qiu Zhijie in 1996 at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. The exhibition included the work of fifteen artists and presented the diverse formal applications of analog and digital video in contemporary artistic practice. Through associated publications and an academic symposium, ‘Image and Phenomena’ also sought to establish a theoretical and historical foundation for the continued development of video art in China.
This research will situate ‘Image and Phenomena’ within a history of exhibition-making that activated public space and institutional sites for the promotion and legitimisation of alternative artistic practices in China, and seek to understand the exhibition as the conclusion of a decade of artistic experimentation and theoretical inquiry.
About Katherine Grube
Katherine Grube is a doctoral candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University. Her research interests span critical and cultural theory and art history, with an emphasis on contemporary Chinese art. Her current research focuses on the impact of the moving image on artistic practices in China. Katherine lived and worked in Beijing from 2004 to 2009. Prior to attending NYU, she was Associate Producer for the documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. She received her MA from the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney in 2010 and her BA from Stanford University.
Judges for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant 2013 include:
Koon Yee-wan, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Department, University of Hong Kong
Li Xianting, Independent curator and critic, Beijing
Zheng Shengtian, Scholar, Managing Editor, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vancouver, Canada
Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Anthony Yung, Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Research Project | Digitisation Project | since 2006
Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990
In 2006, AAA began locating, collecting, and preserving a large body of important material from the 1980s, a period in China's art history that was in danger of being lost. At the same time, AAA conducted a series of in-depth professional interviews with key artists, critics, and curators of the 1980s in an attempt to record this crucial period in the history of contemporary Chinese art. The project culminated in September 2010 with the launch of the extensive website www.china1980s.org.