Under-Construction/Reconstruction as the “Imagination” of Social Practice: Projects on Social Art Practice by Artists in Asia
Dec 15, 2013 Sunday 15:00 - 18:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Media, action and method—rural art practice in Southeast Asia and South Asia
Thuye’dan Village Art Project | Yangon, Myanmar Nge Lay
From Studio to Action - Story of Occupying Public Space in Indonesian Contemporary Art Practices |Indonesia Aminudin TH Siregar
Prantiker Prakitajan | Bangladesh Tayeba Lipi+Mahbubur Rahman
Guest Speaker: Lisa Horikawa
Planner: Ni Kun
"As the ‘Imagination’ of Social Practice" highlights the fact that under the actual circumstances of globalization, local cultures are now displaying signs of new cultural characteristics with features of "resistance", "localization", "integration", "fragmentation", and "separation". This is due to the overall influence from capitalist movements, political disputes, cultural infiltration, as well as networks and media communication. On this basis, the ways to treat and redefine artists’ work in this context will be the starting point of this discussion.
"As the ‘Imagination’ of Social Practice" emphasizes a certain co-construction. The practice of artistic actions as cultural production under the current context will construct a new cultural text together with acts from other fields and perspectives. "Imagination" is the methodology and will also become content itself in actual fact. In terms of artistic practice, the "image", the "imagined", and the "imaginary", all linked to "imagination", are the passageway and specific threads through which to conduct the discussion.
Back to the Asian context, the comparative model of dialogue of "East" and "West" and the "Third World" and the "Center", an unvarying model originating from a Western perspective, has become, within the complex, multifarious, and rich contemporary Asian setting, a vague, simplistic, and rough description. Under the influence of globalization, the huge differences between different countries in Asia due to the geography, history, culture, and contexts have never presented a unitary and flat "group" identity but rather distinct and specific "individual" identities. "Back to Asia" is not only an action but a stance and an attitude. Of course, what needs to be emphasized again is that we need an Asia proper to Asia instead of an Asia observed under a Western perspective.... Read More
Director of Organhaus Art Space, Curator, Critic, was an artist. Born in Hunan, now lives in Chongqing. Co-founded art institution ‘haus ·M-commune, H2 Art Space', and established non-profit art organization ‘Organhaus Art Space' in China since 2006 as a co-founder and host. He focuses on the interactive art under the rapid urbanization and globalization in China and on this basis, launched 'Cities and Reconstructions' experimental art project, this practice further demonstrates his thinking to the current situation. As an independent curator, he has been invited by Germany, UK, Italy, Australia, India and other countries to visit the local art institutions, as well give lectures. In 2014, he will be invited to the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan as a researcher for a six-week thematic study.
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