TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY
EDUCATION PARTNER, ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG CENTER, RETURNS TO ART CENTRAL TO PRESENT A DAILY PROGRAMME OF TALKS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS THAT EXPLORE TOPICAL THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY ART BY LEADING INTERNATIONAL ART WORLD FIGURES. TALKS ARE FREE TO ATTEND AND TAKE PLACE IN THE AUDITORIUM. SPACES ARE LIMITED.
Art and the City: A Conversation between contemporary artists from Hong Kong
Wednesday 22 March 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Moderator: DOMINIQUE CHAN [Head of Gallery & Exhibition at Asia Society Hong Kong Center]
Speakers: ADRIAN WONG [Artist], MAGDALENE WONG [Artist] and ANDIO LAI [Artist]
‘Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong’ is an exhibition at Asia Society Hong Kong Center that gazes upon and dissects the pressures of living in the fast paced city of Hong Kong. The exhibition presents local artists whose work engages with urban experience, current affairs, or shared and personal history. Featured artists from the exhibition join together at Art Central to discuss common themes in each of their work.
Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century
Thursday 23 March 2:00pm- 3:00pm
Moderator: YIFAWN LEE [Founder of Asian Art Hong Kong and publisher of Orientations magazine]
Speakers: TIM REEVES [Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London], TINA COLAYCO [President, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines], MAUD PAGE [Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney]
At their core, museums and cultural institutions require a philosophy and a global pedagogy which they must mutually impart to their audiences both local and international. But what key factors come into play when building a buoyant collection, a strong aesthetic, and a unique standpoint? This exclusive programme will connect and compare distinguished cultural institutions through their strategies, goals and philosophy.
Scatter in Time
Friday 24 March 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Moderator: BOON HUI TAN [Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, and Director, Asia Society Museum, New York]
Speakers: RASHID RANA [Artist]
Through his intrinsic contrasting of both beauty and the odious, celebrated Pakistani artist Rashid Rana’s work subliminally imposes upon his viewers the delicate acknowledgement of manipulation, repetition and rearrangement. From his intricate processes to the digitalization of his methodologies, this afternoon presentation will detail both the innate practice and production of Rana’s art form as well as discuss his work as both a teacher and artistic director of the upcoming Lahore Biennale which will make its debut this February.
Stillness and Light: In Conversation with Hiroshi Sugimoto
Friday 24 March 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Moderator: ELAINE NG [Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific]
Speakers: HIROSHI SUGIMOTO [Artist]
In this up close and personal programme, celebrated Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto will give a presentation on his life, works, and his very own Odawara Art Foundation, which is dedicated to producing and promoting classical theater arts and avant-garde stage art through public exhibitions and researching art of all genres and periods.
The Dimensions of a Needle: A Conversation with KIMSOOJA
Friday 24 March 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Moderator: KIM MACHAN [Founding director of MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific]
Speakers: KIMSOOJA [Artist]
Korean artist Kimsooja, who blurs the boundaries between aesthetics, transcendence and ephemeral experience through her use of non-action, meditative practices, and serial forms, masterfully toys with the science of light to bring her sculptures and installation to life. Through both these practices and indeed her performance and video works, this discussion will provide context for the scope and character of her lambent works.
A Journey from East to West: A Retrospective Conversation with Hon Chi Fun
Saturday 25 March 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Moderator: PROFESSOR FRANK VIGNERON [Head of the Graduate Division of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong]
Speakers: HON CHI FUN [Artist]
With a career spanning half a century, this retrospective discussion will provide the rare opportunity to converse on the deepest details of one of Hong Kong’s most respected visual artists, Hon Chi Fun. The programme will examine the trajectory of Hon’s career from his earliest works during the 50s to his latest works during the turn of the millennium.
Performance Art Central: From Politics to the Poetics
Saturday 25 March 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Moderator: MIKALA TAI [Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney]
Speakers: ANIDA YOEU ALI [Artist], ENOCH CHENG [Artist], TOBIAS GUMANN, [Artist], AMRITA HEPI [Artist], UJI HANDOKO EKO SAPUTRO AKA HAHAN [Artist]
The Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and curator of PERFORMANCE X 4A at Art Central will lead an interactive panel discussion with four of the programme’s participating contemporary artists, each working at the heart of experimental performance. The panel will explore performance art, its role within a commercial art fair and how international trends are shaping and feeding into their art making.