Anthology published to accompany the international symposium 'Archival Turn: East Asian Contemporary Art and Taiwan (1960-1989)' held at the Auditorium, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan from 8 to 9 April 2017.

'In the context of globalisation, countries throughout East Asia have established art archives in recent years, to promote the establishment, translation and curation of the basic textual and audio-visual information about their own countries and Asia as a whole. At the same time, thanks to the Internet, contemporary artists are now better able to access and apply audio-visual archives, furthering this trend of re-exploring history. Archives are the habitation of memory. The re-archiving of history in contemporary art suggests that modernity in East Asian art history is not simply a singular narrative of progress toward enlightenment, but the ghosts of history reverberating along the island chain, driven by the force of archives. Here, archives no longer serve as mere empirical data used to construct linear history; they are redrawing the mental map of our collective memory. The establishment and recalibration of archives herald an overturning of the genealogy of East Asian art in its historical imagination and its writing. This is the active meaning of an"archival turn."' - excerpted from the Foreword

Includes symposium schedule, abstracts of the paper presentations and authors/ speakers' biographies.

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Archival Turn: East Asian Contemporary Art and Taiwan (1960-1989), 檔案轉向:東亞當代藝術與台灣(1960–1989)