RAM Annual International Symposium: Contemporary Art, Curating and Social Engagement in Twenty-first Century China
Nov 27, 2014 Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
4F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai No.20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
In today’s China contemporary artists and curators are moving towards more direct forms of social engagement. These include open performances, work with family archives, collaborative projects in the countryside, pop-up community stores in the cities and independent curatorial projects outside museum and gallery spaces. As a consequence, it is no longer possible to think of the relationship between contemporary art and society in China in the same way as during the 1980s and 1990s when artistic display was largely confined to conventional exhibition spaces.
This move towards more direct forms of social engagement raises questions about the changing significance of contemporary artistic and curatorial practices in China. It has therefore become necessary to re-visit the theoretical concepts and critical outlooks used to understand those practices.
Artistic and curatorial practices in China cannot be viewed simply from internationally dominant western(ized) theoretical perspectives. While such perspectives are valuable because of their conceptual sophistication, they often lack in-depth understanding of China’s particular conditions of artistic production and display.
This conference will critically explore differing cultural perspectives on the significance of socially engaged contemporary artistic and curatorial practices in China as well as the impact of translation between cultures on such practices. It is hoped that this multi-voiced, trans-cultural exploration will begin to reveal previously overlooked aspects of contemporary artistic and curatorial practice beyond those currently envisaged both within and outside China.
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Larys Frogier (Director of RAM)
Paul Gladston (Director of CEACS, UoN)
Cultural Parallax and the Uncertain Conditions of Artistic and Curatorial Social Engagement in China
Birgit Hopfener (Post-doc Researcher, Dept. of Art History, Freie Universität)
Saving/Affirming Life through Art and Vice Versa: Developing Criteria for a Critical Examination of Qiu Zhijie’s Project, A Suicidology of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (2008-09)
Bo Zheng (Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong)
Roar, East Lake!: A Comparative Analysis of Everyone's East Lake (2010) and the Chinese Woodcut Movement of the 1920s and 30s, Linking Contemporary Practices with Historical Precedents
Li Qi (Senior Curator at Rockbund Art Museum)
Setting Conditions: Curating Queer in China
Voon Bartlett (Project Manager, TRC: A-P, London)
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Free admission, reservation is required.