Katherine Grube is the grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant 2013–14.
Grube’s research project, “Image and Phenomena: The Development of Video Art in China, 1988 to 1998,” focuses on Image and Phenomena, a video art exhibition curated by Wu Meichun and Qiu Zhijie in 1996 at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. The exhibition included the work of fifteen artists and demonstrated the diverse formal applications of analog and digital video in contemporary artistic practice. Through associated publications and an academic symposium, Image and Phenomena also sought to establish a theoretical and historical foundation for the continued development of video art in China.
This research situates Image and Phenomena within a history of exhibition-making that activated public space and institutional sites for the promotion and legitimisation of alternative artistic practices in China, and seek to understand the exhibition as the conclusion of a decade of artistic experimentation and theoretical inquiry.
Grube presents her findings in her AAA talk "Image and Phenomena: The Development of Video Art in China, 1988-1998" and her final paper can be found here.
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 research focuses on the impact of the moving image on artistic practices in China. Katherine lived and worked in Beijing from 2004 to 2009. Prior to attending NYU, she was Associate Producer for the documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. She received her MA from the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney in 2010 and her BA from Stanford University.
Judges for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2013–14 include:
Koon Yee-wan, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Department, University of Hong Kong
Li Xianting, Independent curator and critic, Beijing
Zheng Shengtian, Scholar, Managing Editor, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vancouver, Canada
Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Anthony Yung, Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong