Performing the Exhibition: The Investigation of Time, Space and Community in The Skin Trilogy
Sep 27, 2018 Thursday 19:00 - 20:30
For the third talk in a series related to “Second Assembly: Exhibition-Making Practice in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s”, a curatorial project jointly curated by Biljana Ciric and the museum, RAM is delighted to invite Kuala Lumpur-based curator and writer Eric Goh to discuss the 1995 exhibition Skin Trilogy by the Malaysian arts collective Five Arts Centre.
Based on a play written by K. S. Maniam, the exhibition devised a series of interdisciplinary events combining visual and performing arts through collaborations between actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists together at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition encapsulated the anxious mood across the country that defined this period in the 1990s. Given its openly socio-political tone, its association with a public institution such as the National Art Gallery was all the more surprising especially during Mahathir’s notorious time as prime minister, which also added another layer of significance to this event. Rather than having an overarching curator, the Skin Trilogy was in fact actualised through a diffuse community of people instead.
Subsequently, we will look at how the exhibition was able to shed new light on exhibition-making and the notion of community. The talk presents a case study of the exhibition as it attempts to tease the curatorial while making sense of the ramifications of the exhibition’s influence in terms of its time, locality, and connections to the wider community.
Eric Goh is an assistant curator at OUR ArtProjects, a gallery based in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from his research undertaking with the Rockbund Art Museum’s “Curatorial Practices in Asia” program, he is participating in Para Site’s Workshops for Emerging Art Professionals in Hong Kong 2018.
The Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong established The Shanghai Study Centre in 2008. It is housed in the historical Post Office Building, on Suzhou Creek.
The Study Centre aims to be a place where new ideas emerge about urban development in the fastest urbanizing region in the world. The public program at HKU/SSC invites critics with challenging opinions, architects with provoking viewpoints, planners with innovative solutions and academics with new theories – all with the aim of understanding the current condition in Chinese cities, and to explore beyond today and tomorrow. The goal is to be able to generate new ideas that can contribute to better, more intelligent and more interesting cities and architecture.
Free admission, reservation is required.