Artist as Activist, Art as Catalyst

In response to contemporary social and political conditions, artists and activists have developed new tools for thought and new strategies of resistance aimed at making other worlds possible. This panel invites artists to discuss questions such as: What is the political in political art? What can art do to make another world? What is the role of the exhibition, especially of projects that were made in an activist context, and what role does communication and networking play in art-making?



Martha Rosler, artist
Zanny Begg, artist
Wong Hoy Cheong, artist
Choi Tsz-kwan, Ger, artist

Moderated by Manray Hsu, independent curator and art critic

Sat 29 May10.45am & Sun 30 May, 2pm
A series of screenings will be held in conjunction with this panel at the same venue

Confirmed screenings include:

The Atlas Group, Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (English Version), 2000
Zanny Begg, Cities Without Maps, 2008
Chen Chieh-jen, The Route, 2006 
Park, Chan-Kyong, Flying, 2005 
Martha Rosler, Seattle: Hidden Histories, 1995
Wong Hoy Cheong, Aman Sulukule, Canim Sulukule / Oh Sulukule, Darling Sulukule, 2007
HKPARTG, Interpretation of Szeto Wah on the exhibition of Sui Jianguo at Times Square, Hong Kong, 2008, 8 mins


Backroom Conversations is supported by the Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR, and the Burger Collection

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DVD documentation of this talk is now available for viewing at the Archive.

Satellite programmes:
INTELLIGENCE SQUARED ASIA, Asia’s forum for live debate, will host its annual event at ART HK 10, rallying international art world personalities around the contentious motion: 'You Don't Need Great Skill to be a Great Artist'.
Speakers for the motion: Turner-prize winning artist Antony Gormley; presenter, historian and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube Tim Marlow
Speakers against the motion: sociologist and best-selling author Sarah Thornton; critic and Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist
Moderated by Reuters Insider anchorwoman Deborah Kan
Date: 28th of May, 2010
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Hong Kong Convention Centre, Room S421
Tickets: HK$300 per person through HK Ticketing:
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Further details:
The debate is presented by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Wedel Fine Art.

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