Free Parking: Art Libraries from Elsewhere is a programme of exhibitions located in the Asia Art Archive library that features "art libraries from elsewhere" in conversation with the AAA collection in Hong Kong.
The final exhibition of the series presents artist books, documentation, and related materials from The Editorial, a research-led inquiry into the expanding role and network of independent contemporary art publishers in Asia and their international impact through a curated series of public events, exhibitions, and discussions. It is part of Asia Art Archive's live events programme participation for the Taipei Biennial 2016.
The exhibition focuses on independent publishing in Asia and how this is moving beyond exhibition catalogues, magazines, artist books, and historical and philosophical writing to incorporate current literary, research-based, and digitally-oriented hybrid practices. It also examines how the apparatuses of articulating and delivering content, from art book fairs to art libraries and archives are being rethought and reshaped as 'curated' sites.
By sharing materials from practitioners who are rethinking the conditions of publishing in the face of region-specific circumstances and challenges, including the crucial role of museums, archives, and self-organised initiatives, the exhibition contributes towards growing critical reflection on this rapidly developing area, proposing an 'editorial aesthetics' at the nexus of contemporary art production.
The Editorial at the Taipei Biennial 2016 is a partnership between the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Vernacular Institute, and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. It was initiated by Ingrid Chu and Kit Hammonds.
Supported by Art to Go, The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Artist Village, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Special thanks to the MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art programme at the National Taipei University of Education, Department of Arts and Design and Jo Ying Peng. Programme assistance by Kevin Ng.