Asia Art Archive hosts presentations by Dong Bingfeng, Huang Chien-Hung, and Peggy Wang—the first AAA Researchers-in-Residence for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Programme.
Dong Bingfeng on Cinema of Exhibition: Film in Contemporary Chinese Art
(In residence 7–13 Apr, 2–8 May 2017)
The Beijing-based independent researcher and curator uses materials in AAA’s collection to investigate the development of video art in China through exhibition history and artist case studies. The talk takes film as an entry point for discussing moving images in China—as a historical description of the medium’s evolution, and as an exploration of the interaction among artistic creation, theory, and social development. Dong’s 2017 publication Cinema of Exhibition: Film in Contemporary Chinese Art is the backdrop of the presentation, with ‘narrative’, ‘installation’, and ‘site-specificity’ as the main topics of discussion.
Dong Bingfeng is a curator and producer based in Beijing. He is a research fellow at the School of Inter-Media Art, China Academy of Art. Since 2005, Dong has worked as a curator at Guangdong Museum of Art and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Deputy Director of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Art Director of Li Xianting’s Film Fund, and Academic Director of OCAT Institute. In 2013, he received the CCAA Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award. In 2015, he won Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art’s Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award.
Huang Chien-Hung on the Cultural Production of Asia Through Exhibitions and the Concept of 'Art Individuation'
(In residence 1–6 Apr, 1–7 May 2017)
The Kaohsiung-based scholar and curator’s research focuses on images, art communities, and curatorial studies. Huang investigates the cultural production of Asia and how the image of Asia is constructed and circulated in the Chinese-speaking world, particularly within the context of para-colonialism. His research at AAA—which critically formulates the subject of ‘Asia’ and contextualises his collaborative research project with artist Chen Chieh Jen—is an extension of his previous exhibition ‘Discordant Harmony’. He identifies case studies of artists from Hong Kong and China to investigate the concept of ‘art individuation’.
Huang Chien-Hung is Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University. He has translated the books of Gilles Deleuze, Jean Baudrillard, and Jacques Rancière into Chinese. He has published in ACT, LEAP, and ARTCO. Huang has curated the exhibitions ‘POST.O’ with Taipei MoCA (2009); ‘TRANS-PLex’ at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (2011); ‘Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0’ (co-curated with Pierre Bongiovanni, Li I-Wei, Chang Ching-Wen at La Maison des Métallos in Paris and Instants Vidéo in Marseille, 2013); ‘Discordant Harmony’ (co-curated with Yukie Kamiya, Sunjung Kim, and Carol Yinghua Lu at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, 2016); ‘Trans-fiction Archiving’ at PhotoAura Space (2016); and ‘Library Park’ (co-curated with Sunjung Kim at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, 2016), among others.
Peggy Wang on the Production and Interpretation of Contemporary Chinese Art During the 1990s
(In residence 1–10 May 2017)
The Maine-based scholar researches the production and interpretation of contemporary Chinese art during the 1990s. While global art opportunities and domestic market reforms posed immense challenges, they also presented exciting possibilities. As artists reassessed the systems in which they were operating, they imagined their work as vehicles for effecting change. Wang’s research focuses on artist correspondence in AAA’s collection, as well as interviews conducted by researchers. The question she asks when studying these materials include: What did artists think about art? What did they hope to accomplish with their art?
Peggy Wang is Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine, US. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Editorial Associate for the Museum of Modern Art publication Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents. She is currently completing a book-length study on artists’ strategies of sociopolitical intervention in contemporary Chinese art from the 1990s onwards. From April through July 2017, she is a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
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