AAA Backroom Conversations

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AAA Backroom Conversations

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive
Hong Kong
May 17th, 2012 - May 19th, 2012

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+852 3127 5529
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For the 5th year in a row, Asia Art Archive presents Backroom Conversations during ART HK 12, a series of discussions in which leading experts and practitioners in the contemporary art field consider key issues affecting the art world. For the second year, the ‘Burger Collection Keynote Lecture’ honours a significant voice in the field today and ‘Open Platform’ selects projects from around the world that demand to be heard.


Thursday 17 May | 3:30-5:30pm | Whose History?
Thursday 17 May | 6-8pm | The Burger Collection Keynote Lecture: Okwui Enwezor
Friday 18 May | 1:30-3:30pm | Open Platform
Friday 18 May | 4-6pm | The Collection As Social Sculpture
Saturday 19 May | 2-4pm | The Decade Revisited…
Saturday 19 May | 4:30-6:30pm | Artists Through the Lens


Venue: N106-108, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong


Whose History?
Thursday 17 May 3:30-5:30pm

Multiple histories of modern and contemporary art in Asia and elsewhere are being constructed to take particular local contexts into consideration. However, we have yet to develop methodologies to create a larger sense of history that encompasses these localised stories. This panel looks at diverse case studies and contact points to illuminate these parallel artistic developments under the concept of contemporaneity.
Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Art, Cornell University, New York | Marian Pastor Roces, critic and independent curator, Manila | Manuel Borja-Villel Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Moderator: Reiko Tomii, independent scholar and Co-founder of PoNHA-GenKon, New York



The Burger Collection Keynote Lecture: Okwui Enwezor
Thursday 17 May 6-8pm

The Burger Collection Keynote Lecture recognises an academic voice that has made significant contributions to the field and invites that individual to present his/her ideas. This year, AAA welcomes Okwui Enwezor, a curator, art critic, writer, poet, educator, and specialist in art history. He was artistic director of the Documenta 11 exhibition in Germany (1998–2002), the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996–1997), and the 7th Gwang-ju Biennale in South Korea (2008). Currently serving as Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Adjunct Curator of the International Center of Photography in New York, Enwezor is one of the most influential curators and theorists in contemporary art.

Open Platform
Friday 18 May 1:30-3:30pm

To give voice to projects and ideas that demand to be heard in 2012, AAA once again presents Open Platform with a call to cultural producers and organisers to submit proposals for 28-minute presentations to be held during ART HK 12. Parametres for presentation content are again wide reaching and can include anything from lectures and performances to the introduction of art projects, books, workshops, and beyond.
A panel of judges will select four presentations based on diversity of content, originality, format, and relevance to today’s world.
Panel judges: Alan Cruickshank, Broadsheet | Kao Tzu-Chin, ARTCO | Elaine Ng, ArtAsiaPacific | Mark Rappolt, Art Review

The Collection as Social Sculpture
Friday 18 May 4-6pm

The term ‘collection’ today is commonly understood to refer to an entity that acquires, stores, and lends works of art. This panel will ask what might happen when a private collection expands upon such known tasks to become more broadly enmeshed in the social fabric. What transformations are necessary for the collection to eventually become a social medium, engaging with the concerns of civil society?

Rahaab Allana Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi |Toby Kamps Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection, Houston | Fram Kitagawa Chairman of Art Front Gallery Co. Ltd.; President of Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers; General Director for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial; General Director for Setouchi International Art Festival
Moderator: Daniel Kurjakovic Curator/Head of Programs, Burger Collection, Hong Kong

The Decade Revisited...
Saturday 19 May 2-4pm

Once again, AAA asks art professionals to reflect on the past 10 years through the introduction and consideration of three key works or projects. Which will actually be remembered as signifiers of the times? Which have the potential to impact the way we will consider contemporary art practice in the decade or even century to come?

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions & Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London | Gayatri Sinha, art critic and curator, New Delhi | June Yap, independent curator, Singapore
Moderator: Inti Guerrero, Associate Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica


Artists Through the Lens
Saturday 19 May 4:30-6:30pm

The camera lens plays a crucial role in contemporary art. In three conversations, three multi-disciplinary artists whose work encompasses different media and subject-matter—Cao Fei from China, Chen Chieh-jen from Taiwan, and Tam Wai Ping from Hong Kong—will discuss the way lens-based media functions in their practices and the decision making processes involved.
3 conversations
Cao Fei artist, Beijing | Hu Fang Co-founder and Artistic Director, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou
Chen Chieh-jen artist, Taipei |Amy Cheng independent curator, Taipei
Tam Wai Ping artist, Hong Kong | Janet Chan Assistant Head of Research+, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong