TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY

TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY is a daily programme of debates and discussions, presented by the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

The 2016 programme focused on the evolving spectrum of creative practices across greater Asia, and included some of the most compelling voices working within the region today.

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: Contemporary Art in Greater Asia

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This panel of renowned and up-and-coming artists from the Greater Asian region will venture into some of the factors surrounding their successes, from influences at home and abroad, to ideas of illusion, war, mass construction, violence and volatile cultural histories.

SPEAKERS:
BOON HUI TAN (moderator) / Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, and Director, Asia Society Museum New York
HAFFENDI ANUAR / Artist – Richard Koh Fine Art Booth B2
TIFFANY CHUNG / Artist
BEMBOL DELA CRUZ / Artist – Finale Art File Booth A3
SHAHZIA SIKANDER / Artist

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Shahzia Sikander, A Slight and Pleasing Dislocation, 1993, Gouache and gesso on board, H78.7 x W48.3 cm
© Shahzia Sikander Studio

Artist Relationship with Printmaking

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: An Artist’s Relationship with Printmaking

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This panel discussion will aim to explore the centuries old relationship between an artist, printmaking as an art practice and the processes involved with bringing a limited edition to market. How does an artist, through his use and choice of media, define his identity and what role does the master printmaker, publisher and museum institution play in assisting this process?

SPEAKERS:
CHARLOTTE NUNN (moderator) / Specialist and Head of Sale for Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper with Bonhams
CATHY LANIGAN-O’KEEFFE / Editions Manager – Bronze Orchid Ltd
JUNG LEE / Founder of Rén Space Booth A7
YUNG SAU-MUI / Artist, Programme Director of Hong Kong Open Printshop, Museum Expert Adviser (Hong Kong Art) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
YU YOUHAN / Artist – Rén Space Booth A7

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Stephen Chambers, The Golden Beehive, 2012, Thumbprint, 56 x 76 cm

New Media

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: New Paradigms of Art in the Age of Technology

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Digital media and technology has in recent years become a progressively functional platform to create and develop works that can unite, engage and produce a dialogue between artists and their audience. But even with awareness of technology continually expanding, new media art has only just begun to overlap with the mainstream art world because of its challenge to the marketplace, and its often dematerialized condition making it difficult to collect. This panel aims to provide a basic distinction between digital art and new media and address how the medium is defined by curators, artists and collectors. Panelists will discuss what it is that draws technology to an artist, and give an insight into understanding the mechanisms of the medium.

SPEAKERS:
ANITA BECKERS (moderator) / Founder of Galerie Anita Beckers Booth D9
FEI JUN / Artist
SUZANNE MOONEY / Artist – The Container
GINA WONG / Founder of Experimenta
ALVIN WU WEI CHEN / Professor at School of Motion Media Design, SCAD Hong Kong
BERND KRACKE / Director of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, President of HfG Offenbach

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Federico Solmi, The Brotherhood Triptych (panel), 2015, acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media with LCD screen and video, 48 x 36 inches each


RISE gallery artists

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: From Vision to Reality: Moving Forward in Art and Practice

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[Conducted in Mandarin]

Long before art work appears in the realms of a gallery, an art fair, or the one day prized position on the wall of a collector, artists must rise through the most humble of beginnings and venture through to the proud moments that follow a tedious endeavour into the art world. This panel discussion will lead us through the efforts and experiences of 4 RISE gallery artists and their advance to notoriety. They will detail the challenges faced not only in finding recognition, but working from a far and across the international boarders away from home.

SPEAKERS:
YIFAWN LEE (moderator) / Publisher of Orientations Magazine, Founder of Asian Art Hong Kong
TING-TONG CHANG / Artist – Christine Park Gallery Booth R4
GUO DONGLAI / Artist – Galerie Liusa Wang Booth R1
YI-JU HSIEH / Artist – NUNU Fine Art Booth R7
HUANG YISHAN / Artist – O2ART Booth R2

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Guo Donglai, Today’s Entertainment, 2014, Mixed Techniques, Variable sizes

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: The Flexibility of the Not-For-Profit Art Organization

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This panel addresses the role of the not-for-profit organisation in contemporary Asian art.These small but nimble organisations play critical roles in the discourse of contemporary art through their programs. This discussion features four leading not-for-profit organisations within the region as they address the roles they play within the ecology of the contemporary Asian art world. There is a responsiveness, flexibility and criticality to our organisations that enable us to operate in a much different manner than a museum. In contemporary Asian art we are have been clear leaders when museums have struggled to maintain a sense of longevity and the commercial world has had little focus on displaying consistent clear critical exhibitions.

SPEAKERS:
MIKALA TAI (moderator) / Director of 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
DOMINIQUE CHAN / Head of Gallery and Exhibition of Asia Society Hong Kong Centre
COSMIN COSTINAS / Director of Para Site Hong Kong
CHRISTINA LI / Director of Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
YOU YANG / Deputy Director, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: He Xiangyu, Death of Marat, 2011/15, single-channel video, installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy of the artist and White Space Gallery, Beijing. Photo: Zen Wimberley.


Shen Wei

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: In Conversation with Shen Wei

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Visual artist, dancer, and choreographer Shen Wei incorporates color, design, and imaginative use of space into his large-scale, theatrical paintings suggestive of Chinese landscape traditions. Join a discussion with this internationally renowned artist and Alexandra Munroe, Curatorial Advisor for Shen Wei: Dance Strokes, a site-specific installation of paintings and performances that will be on view at Asia Society Hong Kong Center March – April, 2016.

SPEAKERS:
ALEXANDRA MUNROE / Curatorial Advisor for Shen Wei: Dance Strokes, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
SHEN WEI / Artist

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Shen Wei, Untitlted no. 31, 2015, oil and acrylic on canvas, H185 x W363 cm, Collection of the Artist.

Hong Kong Artists

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: Inside Hong Kong: Art and Identity

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A panel of Hong Kong artist and designers will come together to discuss the frequencies of their work in relation to the wake of Hong Kong’s tumultuous past and undefined future. They will discuss their plans on their continuing practice and how they identify themselves and their work, with Hong Kong.

SPEAKERS:
CASSIUS TAYLOR-SMITH (moderator) / Founder of GIANT, Curator of Event Horizon
ALMOND CHU / Artist – La Galerie Paris 1839 Booth R10
ELAINE YAN LING NG / Artist, designer, founder of The Fabrick Lab
VIVIAN POON / Artist – Mur Nomade Booth D15

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Elaine Yan Ling Ng for Swarovski, Sundew, 2015, Swarovski Designers of the Future Award Commission. Photo Credit: James Harris.


Asian art curators

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: The Curator and the Cultivator: Asian Art for a Global Audience

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This high calibre panel discussion will follow the path of Asian Art on a global scale and provide an insight into what curators of Asian art need to consider when organizing exhibitions and forming collections for audiences outside of Asia. With divergent visions from curators with differing backgrounds in life, education, and experience, we will interpret the ways in which a seemingly uniform body of art can transcend a single idea and be redefined so that the collections provide a relevance to their international audiences.

SPEAKERS:
ALICE MONG (moderator) / Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Centre
SUSAN L. BENINGSON / Assistant Curator of Asian Art – Brooklyn Museum
KARIN G. OEN / Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art – San Francisco Asian Art Museum
AARON SEETO / Curatorial Manager, Asia and Pacific Art – Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art

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LOCATION: ART CENTRAL, Auditorium

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Image: Hongtu Zhang, Mai Dang Lao (McDonald’s), 2002, cast bronze, box of fries: 18.4 x 12.1 x 5.7 cm, Brooklyn Museum, gift of the artist, 2014.82a-d. © Hongtu Zhang