Join us for this three-day symposium to reflect on critical events for transnational contemporary art across Southeast Asia in the 1990s. Informed by recent archival research undertaken into Chiang Mai Social Installation (CMSI), an artist-initiated festival held in northern Thailand (see Simon Soon's essay in the upcoming issue of Afterall), we propose three key questions for discussion:
This symposium will examine the forms and contexts of artistic and curatorial practice, the modes of organisation, and the importance of artist-to-artist relationships across an emergent Southeast Asian art world in the 1990s.
Regions of the Contemporary:
Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia
Saturday 5–Monday 7 November 2016
Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
University of Melbourne
Confirmed panel speakers and contributors include: Uthit Atimana, John Clark, Pamela Corey, Patrick Flores, Anthony Gardner, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Ray Langenbach, Roger Nelson, Claire M Roberts, Grace Samboh, Thasnai Sethaseree, Simon Soon, Russell Storer and Chương-Đài Võ – with convenors David Teh, Lucy Steeds, Charles Green and Charles Esche. On Monday afternoon, the Keir Foundation Lecture will be delivered by Apinan Poshyananda.
This symposium is free and open to all. A detailed programme, including participant biographies, is available here.
For recordings of this symposium, please email contact[at]afterall.org stating which panel session you require.
This symposium is co-organised by Afterall and the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. It will test ideas for forthcoming books in the Afterall's Exhibition Histories series, produced in collaboration with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Image: Installation at Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai as part of the second Week of Cooperative Suffering, Chiang Mai Social Installation, 1997. Artist(s) and title unknown. Courtesy Uthit Atimana and Gridthiya Gaweewong.