Asia Art Archive (AAA) initiated Open Platform in 2011 for cultural practitioners to present their projects on a global stage. This year, as ongoing cultural partner of Art Basel's Hong Kong show, AAA's Open Platform transitions from stage to booth by offering a platform for researchers, curators, writers, artists, students, academics, and art organisations to hold open meetings that might further their ongoing projects, catalyse new ones, or simply be an opportunity to make connections.
AAA will provide coffee and tea to fuel discussions, and applicants may request the use of AAA's rolodex to reach out to people they wish to invite. Meetings will not be recorded, and although applicants are free to invite AAA staff, there is no obligation to do so. The only requirements are that topics of discussion reference the concerns of Asia Art Archive and its collection (please see the list below for a non-exhaustive list of such topics) and that applicants are willing to contribute material to enrich AAA's collection, a free resource supporting the study of contemporary art in Asia. Applicants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.
Some key topics relating to AAA's ongoing projects and concerns include (in alpha order):
Abstraction, the archive/the document, art writing, artist-run spaces, the contemporary, exhibition histories, geographies, globalisation, institutions, keywords, mapping, oral history, pedagogy, performance art, periodicals, timelines, the vernacular
But we like surprises.
–Proposal outlining the topic of your meeting (no more than one A4 page written in English).
–Participant list—divided between those you know and up to three people you need AAA's assistance to reach. AAA will make its best effort to initiate the conversation.
–A list of material (books, periodicals, film, ephemera, etc.)—a maximum of ten items—from AAA's library that relate to your discussion topic to be made available during your meeting as reference. Please visit www.aaa.org.hk to browse or search the online catalogue of AAA's collection.
–A proposed list of material that you and members of your discussion wish to add to AAA's collection.
Proposals should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: 12pm (HKT), 19 April 2013
Successful applicants will be contacted via email by the end of April and announced on AAA's website in the beginning of May. Only selected applicants will be contacted. Each meeting will be allocated a 90-minute slot during the course of Art Basel's Hong Kong Show (23–26 May 2013).
Asia Art Archive is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to documenting the recent history of contemporary art in Asia within an international context. Founded in 2000, AAA is one of the world's leading public resources for contemporary Asian art and it continues to grow through systematic research and information gathering. Comprised of 85% donated material, AAA is committed to creating a collection that belongs to the public; accessible free of charge on-site and searchable online, the collection is now accessible globally via the Collection Online, which launched in June 2012. More than a static repository waiting to be discovered, AAA is a proactive platform, instigating critical thinking and dialogue that generate new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.