Curating in Asia
Fri, 09.12.2011 – Sat, 10.12.2011

The conference Curating in Asia follows up a workshop in cooperation with and at Goethe-Institut Hong Kong in 2008. At that time, museum issues were the focus in the context of the ongoing project GAM – Global Art and the Museum, which was initiated at ZKM Karlsruhe in 2006. With the conference we would like to address the issue of the complex phenomenon of art curating in Asia, which involves various institutions or even creates an art context, which before had not existed. Questions such as how does art curating vary in different countries of Asia? What is the role of the curator when an infrastructure for art does not yet exist? In what way differ the roles of critics and artists when acting as curator? Is art curating sometimes just another way of art making? There is a history of the topic, embodied for instance by the artist/curator Jim Supangkat, who is member of the advisory board of the ZKM exhibition The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989 but unfortunately won’t be able to join the conference in December. He gave up early in his life the artist’s career in order to work as curator and to build up an Indonesian art scene. Or Dinh Q. Le, who left the US after he had established a successful career as an artist in order to create an institutional art scene in Vietnam by cofounding San Art, the first not-for-profit gallery in Ho Chi Minh City.

The scheduled date of the conference coincides with the running time of the exhibition The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989 (September 17, 2011 – February 5, 2012) at ZKM and will be an occasion for discussing the goals and the outcomes of this exhibition, especially in view of the fact that numerous artists from Asia are participating.
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Program

Friday

11:00-11:30
Peter Weibel, Andrea Buddensieg, Michael Müller-Verweyen, Hans Belting
Introduction

11:30-12:15
Kitty Zijlmans
Framing Contemporary Art from Indonesia: Three Recent Exhibitions in the Netherlands

12:15-13:00
Oscar Hin-Kay Ho
Out of Necessities

13:00-15:00
Lunch Break

15:00-15:45
John Clark
Canon-Making and Curating in recent Asian Art

15:45-16:30
Zoe Butt
The Horizontal Axes — Where Artists Employ Curators as a Critical Part of Their Practice

16:30-17:15
Navin Rawanchaikul
Mission Navinland

17:15-19:00
Coffee Break

19:00-20:00
Raqs Media Collective
Timeliness

Saturday

11:00-11:45
Sara Giannini
Caochangdi Art Village Beijing: “Art, Harmony, Joy, Justice, Abundance, Peace”

11:45-12:30
Patrick Flores
Curatorial Circulations in Southeast Asia

12:30-13:15
Werner Kraus
Curating in Indonesia

13:15-14:00
Lunch Break

14:00-19:00
Moving Images from Indonesia

Credits
Organization / Institution
ZKM
Partners

Goethe-Institut