PARA SITE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013

Charles Merewether, Hammad Nasar, Ruth Noack, Erika Tan, Georg Schöllhammer, David Teh, 楊陽, 唐納天, Petra Bauer, FX Harsono, Max Jorge Hinderer, Ana Janevski, Hsu Ming-han, Rabih Mroue, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Marc Siegel, Enin Supriyanto, 翁子健

4月 11 – 4月 13, 2013

The Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society
9 Justice Drive
Admiralty, Hong Kong

Para Site is proud to present Para Site International Conference 2013, a three-day forum that brings together a group of original thinkers, artists and curators from around the world to discuss and navigate on the spectral contemporary condition of art. The conference will present different contextual genealogies, realities of production and interpretative vocabularies and allow for their reading from the perspective of Hong Kong and its changing position in the globalized contemporary art field.

The International Conference 2013 is premised on a need to rethink the basis of international solidarity, with a special attention to the field of contemporary art, to the means it still has and the needs it now has, after the end of its phase of rapid global institutional expansion. The conference will also review a number of case studies of artistic practices in given contexts, looking closer at artistic forms and vocabularies and their complicated relationship to the historical circumstances that generate them and which they try to address.

The conference is thus organized around two broad thematic fields. On 11 and 12 April, “New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion” will feature Charles Merewether (art historian, writer, Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, and curator of the Biennale of Sydney 2004; Singapore), Hammad Nasar (curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive; Hong Kong), Ruth Noack (art historian, writer, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at The Royal College of Art, and curator of Documenta 12; London and Berlin), Erika Tan (artist, curator, writer, and researcher; London), Georg Schöllhammer (writer, researcher, independent curator, and editor-in-chief of springerin and documenta 12 magazines; Vienna), David Teh (curator, writer, academic, director of Future Perfect; Singapore), and Yeung Yang (curator, writer and founder of soundpocket; Hong Kong).

On 12 and 13 April, “Determinisms in art vocabularies and interactions between art and politics in specific historical conditions” will include contributions by Nadim Abbas (artist and musician; Hong Kong), Petra Bauer (artist and filmmaker; Stockholm), FX Harsono (art critic, artist and founding member of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru; Jakarta), Max Jorge Hinderer (writer, researcher, cultural critic, curator of The Potosi Principle; Berlin), Ana Janevski (art critic, writer and Associate Curator, MoMA; New York), Hsu Ming-han (art and film critic, curator, chief editor of Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei? and co-founder of Gaze – Contemporary Art Online Magazine; Taipei), Rabih Mroue (actor, playwright, director and artist; Beirut and Berlin), Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (writer, researcher and curator at National University of Singapore Museum; Singapore), Marc Siegel (writer, researcher and co-founder of the art collective CHEAP; Berlin), Enin Supriyanto (writer, editor and independent curator; Jakarta), and Anthony Yung (writer, curator, researcher at Asia Art Archive and co-founder of Observation Society, Guangzhou; Hong Kong).

Para Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art space and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, residencies and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.

The conference is free of charge to the public. Live streaming is available at www.para-site.org.hk.

The International Conference 2013 is a Para Site project, co-presented by Asia Society, Hong Kong.



Programme:  

New internationalisms after multiculturalism Contemporary art after global expansion

11 April, Thursday

1500 – 1515   Introduction by Cosmin Costinas

1515 – 1600   The Best Start is Art, Ruth Noack (art historian, writer and Head of Programme, Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London and curator of Documenta 12; London and Berlin)

1600 – 1645   THE PRETERNATIONAL: the contemporary and its treacherous vocabularies ,David Teh (curator, writer, academic, director of Future Perfect; Singapore)

1645 – 1700   Coffee Break

1700 – 1745   Except for Clive Owens’ Hollywood International, the international does not have a face. But is it inevitably an adjective?, Yeung Yang (curator, writer and founder of soundpocket; Hong Kong)

1745 – 1900   Oriental Rift, Erika Tan (artist, curator, writer, and researcher; London), hosted by Qinyi Lim

1900 – 1915   Q&A



12 April, Friday

1400 – 1445   Becoming or Beyond the 'Global Offshore', Charles Merewether (art historian, writer, Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts, gapore, and curator of the Biennale of Sydney 2004; Singapore)

1445 –1530   Treacherous Terrains: Slippages in notions of art and nation in a networked world, Hammad Nasar (curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive; Hong Kong)

1530 – 1545   Coffee Break

1545 – 1700   Plenary Session

1700 – 1715   Coffee Break


Determinisms in art vocabularies and interaction between art and politics in specific historical conditions

12 April, Friday

1715 - 1800   The Extended Economy of the Sensible. Two Examples: The Colonial Baroque Paintings of Potosí and the Pharmacologies of Enlightenment, Max Jorge Hinderer (writer, researcher, cultural critic, curator of The Potosi Principle; Berlin)

1800 - 1845   Semblance/Presence: Notes From an Art Project, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (writer, researcher and curator at National University of Singapore Museum; Singapore)

1845 – 1930   This is not a game: On performance, dance and live arts within the institutional framework, Ana Janevski (art critic, writer and Associate Curator, MoMA; New York)

1930 – 1945   Q&A



13 April, Saturday

1100 – 1145    From socialist realism to extreme autonomy - Chinese art from 1977 to 1989, Anthony Yung (writer, curator, researcher at Asia Art Archive and co-founder of Observation Society, Guangzhou; Hong Kong)

1145 – 1230    Southall Black Sisters and Tensta Women's Centre - through aesthetic strategies, on the power of everyday communities in a Northern European context, Petra Bauer (artist and filmmaker; Stockholm)

1330 – 1415    Lost to Vision Altogether, Believing It Can Be Otherwise, Marc Siegel (writer, researcher and co-founder of the art collective CHEAP; Berlin)

1415 – 1500    The absence of Ai Weiwei and the presence of artwork in Taiwan: On Ai Weiwei's Passive Initiative, Hsu Ming-han (art and film critic, curator, chief editor of Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei? and co- founder of Gaze– Contemporary Art Online Magazine; Taipei)

1500 – 1510    Video intervention by Rabih Mroué

1510 – 1525    Coffee Break

1525 – 1610    Superficial Engagements: how Art attempts to channel the critical agency of Poor Images in an age of Social Media, Nadim Abbas (artist and musician; Hong Kong)

1610 – 1725    Artist talk by Fx Harsono, hosted by Enin Supriyanto

1725 – 1740    Coffee Break

1740 – 1900    Plenary Session 

Para Site Art Space is financially supported by Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The content of this programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Erika Tan, Sensing Obscurity III: ‘After’ Chinoiserie, 2011. Still from single-channel HDV. A collaborative work with Neil Rose. Courtesy the artist.