Art and the City: A Conversation between contemporary artists from Hong Kong
Speakers: Adrian Wong (Artist), Magdalene Wong (Artist), and Andio Lai (Artist)
Moderator: Dominique Chan (Head of Gallery & Exhibition at Asia Society Hong Kong Center)
‘Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong’ is an exhibition at AsiaSociety 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.
Wednesday 22 March 2017, 2pm
Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century
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)
Moderator: Yifawn Lee (Founder of Asian Art Hong Kong and publisher of Orientations magazine)
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.
Thursday 23 March 2017, 2pm
Scatter In Time
Speaker: Rashid Rana (Artist, Artist Director of the Lahore Biennale)
Moderator: Boon Hui Tan (Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, and Director, Asia Society Museum, New York)
Friday 24 March 2017, 12:30pm
Stillness and Light: In Conversation with Hiroshi Sugimoto
Speaker: Hiroshi Sugimoto (Artist)
Moderator: Elaine Ng (Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific)
In this up close and personal programme, celebrated Japaneseartist 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.
Friday 24 March 2017, 2pm
The Dimensions of a Needle: A Conversation with Kimsooja
Speaker: Kimsooja (Artist)
Moderator: Kim Machan (Founding director of MAAP-Media ArtAsia Pacific)
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 installations 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.
Friday 24 March 2017, 3:30pm
A Journey from East to West: A Retrospective Conversation with Hon Chi Fun
Speaker: Hon Chi Fun (Artist)
Moderator: Professor Frank Vigneron (Head of the Graduate Division of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
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.
Saturday 25 March 2017, 1:30pm
Performance Art Central: From Politics to the Poetics
Speakers: Anida Yoeu Ali (Artist), Enoch Cheng (Artist), Tobias Gumann (Artist), Amrita Hepi (Artist), Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (aka Hahan) (Artist)
Moderator: Mikala Tai (Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney)
The Director of 4A Centre for ContemporaryAsianArt 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.