It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in AsiaUniversité de Hong Kong

Văn Nghệ, n°34, 1951. Bibliothèque nationale du Viêt-Nam, Hanoi.

Periodicals are exemplary for how they bring technologies of word, image, and print together with notions of aesthetics, practices of viewing, and circuits of dissemination. The adage “modernism began in the magazines” is certainly true for Asia, where print media has been instrumental in taking debates, discourses, and images of art to wide audiences.

Periodicals have been more than just platforms or sites for artistic experimentation and exhibition; they have themselves shaped and staged them. In so doing, periodicals have played a defining role in forming diverse publics for art in Asia.

The papers presented in the symposium explore periodicals in relation to  emerging practices that cut across genres, new nomenclatures and aesthetic propositions, verbal and visual manifestos, the production of alternative publics and communities for art, and other topics.

AAA presents a series of talks, discussions, and exhibitions leading up to the symposium. All events are free and open to the public.



Date: 11–13 Jan 2018
Venue: The University of Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, English and Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation provided



Thu, 11 Jan 2018
5pm | Keynote
Charles ESCHE, Director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Co-founder of Afterall journal

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
10:30am | War and Alternative Modernities
Michael ERDMAN, Curator, Turkish and Turkic Collections, The British Library
Samina IQBAL, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Lahore School of Economics
Phoebe SCOTT, Curator, National Gallery Singapore

1:30pm | Underground and Overground
Mervin ESPINA, Program Director, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila
Anthony LEUNG Po-Shan, PhD in Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hyejong YOO, Art Historian, Seoul

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
10:30am | Aesthetics and Internationalism
Naomi KUROMIYA, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York
CHIANG Poshin, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Tainan National University of the Arts
Sophia POWERS, PhD in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

2pm | Intersections of Art and Mass Culture
Spandan BHATTACHARYA, Adjunct Faculty for Film Studies, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi
Insoo CHO, Professor, Art Theory Department, School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts
WU Mo, PhD Candidate, History of Chinese Art, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

4pm | Conversation
Li Xianting, Beijing-based Independent Critic and Curator
Moderator: Anthony Yung, Researcher, Asia Art Archive


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