: Symposium | It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia

Date: 11–13 January 2018
Venue: The University of Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese, English and Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation provided

Organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, this symposium explores how periodicals have fostered conversations around art and emergent forms of visuality in twentieth-century Asia.

More information about the symposium and its related programmes is available here at the Asia Art Archive website.

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Thursday 11 January 2018

Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House

5pm | Welcoming remarks
Derek COLLINS, Dean, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Claire HSU, Co-founder & Executive Director, Asia Art Archive

5:10pm | Introduction
Chương-Đaì VÕ, Researcher, Asia Art Archive

5:30pm | Keynote | Reading the Zeitgeist
Speaker: Charles ESCHE, Director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Co-founder of Afterall journal
Moderator: Yeewan KOON, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts at The University of Hong Kong


Friday 12 January 2018

Venue: CPD-3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower

10:30am | War and Alternative Modernities

Transformational in Form, Socialist in Content: An Exploration of the Aesthetics and Content of Early Soviet Turkic Periodicals
—Michael ERDMAN, Curator, Turkish and Turkic Collections, The British Library

Pakistan Quarterly: Art Historical Evidence
—Samina IQBAL, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Lahore School of Economics

Improvisation and Ambiguity: Visual Artists, Revolution, and Debate in the Periodical Văn Nghệ During the First Indochina War (1946–1954)
—Phoebe SCOTT, Curator, National Gallery Singapore

Moderator: Chương-Đaì VÕ, Researcher, Asia Art Archive

12:15pm | Break

1:30pm | Underground and Overground

Manila, Punks, Robots: Towards an Alternative Cultural Cartography of 1970s to 1990s Manila Through Its Unofficial Publications
—Mervin ESPINA, Program Director, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila

Connecting Art to Society: A Preliminary Look at Sunday Mingpao
—Anthony LEUNG Po-Shan, PhD in Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Korean Dissident Journal Creation and Critique (Changjakgwa Bipyeong): Envisioning an Alternative Modernity in the 1960s–1970s
—Hyejong YOO, Art Historian, Seoul

Moderator: Yeewan KOON, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts at The University of Hong Kong


Saturday 13 January 2018

Venue: CPD-3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower

10:30am | Aesthetics and Internationalism

The Trespass of Non-design: The Avant-Garde Experiments of Designer and Its Surroundings
—CHIANG Poshin, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Tainan National University of the Arts

The Sekai-sei of Circulation: The Catalytic “World Relevance” of the Avant-garde Japanese Calligraphy Periodical Bokubi (1951–1960)
—Naomi KUROMIYA, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York

The Journal of Art and Ideas: A Genealogy of Transition
—Sophia POWERS, PhD in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Moderator: John TAIN, Head of Research, Asia Art Archive

12:15pm | Break

2pm | Intersections of Art and Mass Culture

Designing Prints, Documenting Cultures: Reviewing Bengali Periodical Covers and Illustrations, 1960s–1970s
—Spandan BHATTACHARYA, Adjunct Faculty for Film Studies, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi

Kyegan Misool (1976–1988): The Flagship of Korean Art Journals
—Insoo CHO, Professor, Art Theory Department, School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts

Mass Media as an Exhibition Site: Beijing Youth Daily and the 1994 Interior Design Art Proposals Exhibition
—WU Mo, PhD Candidate, History of Chinese Art, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Moderator: Sneha RAGAVAN, Researcher, Asia Art Archive

3:45pm | Break

4pm | Conversation with Li Xianting

Speaker: LI Xianting, Beijing-based Independent Critic and Curator
Moderator: Anthony YUNG, Researcher, Asia Art Archive


Glimpse of the event:

Day 1

Day 2