Video (1hr 5min)

Wild Iconographies is an encounter with past magazine movements through the present environment in which images are produced and circulated. In the spirit of the visionaries who drove these movements, this talk will discuss how printed matter is imagined and realised as an agent for collective action, social thought, and “world imagining.” The evening is structured as a story with four episodes, wherein various image worlds unfold across the material and immaterial, in publication and exhibition-making contexts:

Episode 1 | The Italian avant-garde magazine movement of the 1960s to 1970s.
Episode 2 | Early science fiction fanzine Cheap Truth, and the dynamics of archives in distributing and preserving knowledge.
Episode 3 | Fibre, fire, paper: A trip to a Japanese paper-making workshop in Italy, and the transmission of knowledge through material culture.
Episode 4 | Masanao Abe, cloud science, and the book Cloud Chamber— how technology is a device for producing facts and fiction.

Let’s call it the spark of a book, the speech of a cloud.

Venue: A Space, Asia Art Archive,10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Free and open to the public with registration.

This talk is part of the public programmes leading up to the symposium It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia, organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, 11–13 January 2018. Verina Gfader will be an artist-in-residence with Asia Art Archive 3–10 December 2017.

Verina Gfader is an artist and researcher who works at the intersection of performance, art direction, and publishing. Her postdoctoral fellowship with The Contemporary Condition research project at Aarhus University, Denmark, follows her PhD in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, London, and her research on independent Japanese animation at Tokyo University of the Arts. She is co-director of the international animation network Animate Assembly, and Creative Director of EP, a book series across art, architecture, and design from Sternberg Press, Berlin. The artist book and edited volume Cloud Chamber (2017) is based on her performance project at the 11th Shanghai Biennale, 2016–17.



Special Thanks to Spring Workshop.


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