15 Invitations for 15 Years

A special programme series featuring exhibitions, projects, written works, performances, a blog, and set of e-dossiers marking Asia Art Archive's 15-year anniversary.



The endless proliferation of private museums, heightened influence of private interests infiltrating public institutions, and ongoing property development destroying existing neighbourhoods and their social values seem unstoppable. Where can we find a thriving public culture in the wake of such an overwhelming levelling force?

—Marysia Lewandowska and Esther Lu

Property, Protest, Commons, and the Alternative Economies of Art is a series of public workshops in Hong Kong, and a forum and screening programme in Taipei involving artists, filmmakers, curators, architects, and writers engaged in alternative production and dissemination models based on generosity and sharing. Envisioned as a collaborative endeavour exploring how to enrich the public realm and actively produce the commons, participants uncover the role property plays in the rapid globalisation of Asia and its consequences for public culture.

The workshops serve as a process of research leading to a collectively generated publication Made in Public, a collaboration between AAA resident artist Marysia Lewandowska and curator Esther Lu. The project responds to the process of privatisation influencing daily life, and attempts to make connections between isolated practices to contribute to imagining a shared future.

Participants' biographies and an e-reader featuring AAA and related resource material is available.

30 April 2015 Programme
Time: 10am-6pm 
Venue: A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Welcome & Introductions: 10:30-11am
Ingrid Chu, AAA Public Programmes Curator
Marysia Lewandowska & Esther Lu, co-organisers, Made in Public

Welcome & Introductions

Session I: 11-11:30am | Workshop: 11:30am-12:15pm
Hammad Nasar, AAA Head of Research & Programmes

Session I: Hammad Nasar

Session II: 12:15-12:45pm | Screening: 12:45pm-1:15pm
Isaac Leung, artist, curator, and researcher, Hong Kong

Session II: Isaac Leung

Session III: 2:15-3:15pm | Workshop: 3:15-4:15pm
Phoebe Wong, critic, Hong Kong
Clara Cheung, artist, C&G Artpartment, Hong Kong

Session III: Phoebe Wong and Clara Cheung

Session IV: 4:30-5:30pm | Workshop: 5:30-6pm
Antony Hudek, Co-director, Raven Row, London, UK
Michelle Wong, AAA Researcher

Session IV: Michelle Wong

Closing Remarks

*—Workshop participants are welcome to join a lunchtime tour of the exhibition, Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice (11 March-4 July 2015) and the AAA library.


15 May 2015 Programme
Time: 10:30am-6pm 
Venue: Spring Workshop, 3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Image: Property, Protest, Commons, and the Alternative Economies of Art, workshop, 15 May, 2015.
Image: Property, Protest, Commons, and the Alternative Economies of Art, workshop, 15 May, 2015.

Coffee & Tea: 10:30-11am
Welcome & Introductions: 11-11:45am
• Ingrid Chu, AAA Public Programmes Curator
• Marysia Lewandowska & Esther Lu, Co-organisers, Made in Public
Session I: 11:45am-1pm
• Brandon LaBelle, Artist and Educator, Berlin, Germany and Bergen, Norway
• Sampson Wong, Umbrella Movement Visual Archive and Research Collective (UMVARC), Hong Kong

Lunch: 1-2pm | Remarks by Mimi Brown, Founder & Director, Spring Workshop: 1:50-2pm 


Session II: 2-3pm
• Maria Lind, Director, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
• Michael Leung, Artist, HK Farm, Hong Kong
Workshop: 3-4pm

Group Leaders: Brandon LaBelle, Maria Lind, Michael Leung, and Sampson Wong

Break: 4-4:15pm  

Workshop Report & Open Discussion: 4:15-6pm 

Closing Remarks

2-20 Sep 2015 Programme

Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC), No. 11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Datong District, 10346 Taipei

More information on the Taipei screening programme (2-16 Sep) and forum (19 & 20 Sep) is available here.



Co-presented by Asia Art Archive and Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC)

Supported by 
Foundation for Art Initiatives (FfAI)
National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF)
Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
Spring Workshop

Graphic Design Partner: Luke Gould, London

15 Invitations for 15 Years is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation, and The Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The programme is part of the ADC 20th Anniversary Celebration Series. Special thanks to Hani Charaf, Kemistry Design; and Spring Workshop. 

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