Continuing the Atlas of Asia Art Archive, ‘Performing the Archipelago’, is an ongoing series of events inviting a group of artists to activate parts of the 111 territories through readings, conversations, and performances which takes place in Spring Workshop, a new non-profit art space in Hong Kong. Artists from the project’s 12 different categories are presenting their work through the processes and references that inform them, so that each event contributes to an accumulation of knowledge on the Atlas. With the intention to provide cross-readings of multiple trajectories, the discussions open new routes where Asia is performed through the interconnections and relations of each artist. To complete the exchange, a set of furniture, including a desk, a bookshelf-desk, a lounge-chair-desk, and other seating structures, serve as a display system with materials on the territories for material about the project. These different adaptations of seating devices offer multiple sets of position and height, creating a flexible archipelago within the exhibition space.
Generously supported by Spring Workshop.
Screening | 12 Oct 2012
Part 1 – UNIVERSAL VALUES
Introducing Atlas of Asia Art Archive by Valerie Portefaix (MAP Office, Hong Kong)
Screening of the documentary Village Archive: Longwancun 2006 Video Files (2008, 91 mins) followed by a discussion with artist/director Li Yifan (Chongqing).
The film flows with the changing of the seasons, following no specific storyline. There are no great joys, no great tragedies. Everything happens, yet nothing comes to conclusion; time simply passes. Strictly speaking, this is an edited visual archive of the countryside, a day-to-day account of an ordinary southwestern village of no particular importance.
Keywords: China, rural, universal values
Talk Series | Screening | 13 Oct 2012
Part 2 – ECONOMIC ONES
Yuk King Tan (Hong Kong) in conversation with Laurent Gutierrez (MAP Office, Hong Kong). This discussion will be based on Tan’s Island Portrait, a group portrait of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation living in Rarotonga, capital of the Cook Islands situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. These 61 Chinese workers from one of the world’s largest construction companies are currently building Rarotonga’s courthouse.
Keywords: Island, economic migration, politics
Part 3 – UNLIMITED
Joao Vasco Paiva (Hong Kong) will present a slideshow of a personal narrative with maps and images, which serve as an alternative visualisation and interpretation of the history from and about Asia.
Keywords: Maps, portolan, fiction
Part 4 – PERSONAL KINGDOM
Jewyo Rhii (Seoul) will present her work for the first time in Hong Kong. Focusing on Lie on Han River, a three-part installation composed of drawings developed over three years, a video related to the drawings, and temporary objects, the work assumes the form of a love letter to an ex-lover. It tells the story of two anti-capitalist artists who met and dated around the Han River in Seoul but separated when winter came.
Keywords: Exile, refuge, politics
Part 5 – NOMADIC ONES
Lee Kit (Hong Kong) will present a new video related to his work How to set up an apartment for Johnny.
Keywords: Lightness, home, politics
Discussion with Joao Vasco Paiva, Jewyo Rhii, and Lee Kit. Moderated by Laurent Gutierrez.
Part 6 – CONSTRUCTED FICTIONS
Lam Tung Pang (Hong Kong) will read a series of texts based on the references to traditional Chinese culture in his recent paintings.
Keywords: Hong Kong Island, history, identity
Part 7 – EPIC JOURNEY
Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) will reenact his lecture Utama, a project about the forgotten pre-colonial founder of Singapore.
Keywords: History, politics, reenactment
Conclusion and informal discussion