Asia Art Archive presents Image and Phenomena: The Development of Video Art in China, 1988-1998, a public talk by New York-based doctoral candidate Katherine Grube.
Grube will present her year-long research project as the recipient of the inaugural Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Grant in partnership with Asia Art Archive dedicated to the vision of making research materials on contemporary Chinese art accessible to scholars as well as the public worldwide and alternating between an annual research and curatorial grant.
The talk takes as its starting point the seminal 1996 video art exhibition Image and Phonema, co-curated by Wu Meichun and Qiu Zhijie in 1996 at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Grube’s primary research project situates Phonema and Image Video Art within a history of exhibitions in China that sought to activate public space and institutional sites both to promote and legitimise alternative artistic practice following the previous decade marked by experimentation and theoretical inquiry.
Image and Phenomena: The Development of Video Art in China, 1988-1998 will be accessible from AAA’s website along with related material Grube collected through the course of her research.
Katherine Grube is a doctoral candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University. Her research interests span critical and cultural theory and art history, with an emphasis on contemporary Chinese art. Her current research focuses on the impact of the moving image on artistic practices in China.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation was established in Hong Kong in 2005 by Robert Hung Ngai Ho as a private philanthropic organisation, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation works to foster and support Chinese arts and culture and to promote a deeper understanding of Buddhist teachings and their application in everyday life. The Foundation supports efforts that make traditional Chinese arts accessible and relevant to audiences worldwide. It also supports the creation of new works that bring innovative perspectives to the history of Chinese art, and that improve the quality and accessibility of scholarship on Chinese art. Guided by a belief that the insights of Buddhism have a vital role to play in approaching the challenges facing contemporary society, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation also has committed substantial resources to expanding the understanding, interpretation, and application of Buddhist philosophy.