'Spectacle East Asia' is a special issue of the peer-reviewed electronic journal Invisible Culture guest edited by Sohl Lee and Godfre Leung. It features four articles on contemporary East Asian visual culture, including an essay by globally renowned curator Okwui Enwezor, and an afterword by Museum of Modern Art curator Barbara London. The issue also includes seven video artworks by contemporary artists from China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, accompanied by a curatorial statement. The writers explore current issues of aesthetics and politics across a vast array of cultural events and artistic practices: the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 Chinese Internet Maintenance Day, 2008 Candlelight Vigil Protests in Seoul, 2008 Gwangju Biennale, Japanese artist collective Video Earth, graffiti cultures in Beijing and Shanghai, Cai Guoqiang’s exhibition 'Peasant da Vincis' in Shanghai, etc.

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Introduction: The Sociality of the Spectacle

- Godfre LEUNG

The Politics of Spectacle: The Gwangju Biennale and the Asian Century


The Candlelight Girls’ Playground: Nationalism as Dialogy, the 2008 Candlelight Vigil Protests in South Korea

- YOO Hyejong

Between Absence and Presence: Exploring Video Earth’s What is Photography?


Curatorial Statement for Seven Videos: The Metaphor of “Flying and Falling” in Contemporary East Asia and Visual Arts

- Sohl LEE

Seven Videos by Chen Chieh-jen, Gao Shiqiang, Sangdon Kim, Kwak Duck-jun, Minouk Lim, Mixrice, and Zheng Bo (online only)

- Barbara LONDON

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Invisible Culture - no. 15: Special Issue 'Spectacle East Asia'