ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012

Curating in Asia

09. and 10.12.2011, 11 a.m.
ZKM_Media Theater

With lectures by John Clark (Sydney), Oscar Ho Hing-Kay (Hong Kong), Patrick D. Flores (Manila), Zoe Butt (Ho Chi Minh City), Werner Kraus (Passau), Navin Rawanchaikul (Bangkok), Sara Giannini (Karlsruhe, Venice) and Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden)

Concept: Andrea Buddensieg (ZKM) and Michael Müller-Verweyen (Goethe-Institut)

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.

11:00-11:30 Introduction: Peter Weibel, Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg
11:30-12:15 Kitty Zijlmans
12:15-13:00 Oscar Hin-Kay Ho

13:00-15:00 Lunch Break

15:00-15:45 John Clark
15:45-16:30 Zoe Butt
16:30-17:15 Navin Rawanchaikul

17:15-19:00 Coffee Break

19:00-20:00 Raqs Media Collective: Timeliness

11:00-11:45 Sara Giannini
11:45-12:30 Patrick Flores
12:30-13:15 Werner Kraus

13:15-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-19:00 Moving Images from Indonesia

Detailed Program on the website of Global Art and the Museum

During the conference weekend two other events will take place in the context of the exhibition The Global Contemporary, which are thematically related with the conference:

Fri 09.12.2011
Raqs Media Collective
: Timeliness
Lecture Performance
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: ZKM_Media Theater
Entrance free

Sat 10.12.2011
Moving Images from Indonesia
Lecture and video screening, curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch with lectures by Katerina Valdivia Bruch, Agung Hujatnika, and Krisna Murti as well as video works by Wimo Ambala Bayang, Reza „Asung“ Afisina, Muhammad Akbar, Nala Atmowiloto, Ariani Darmawan, Yusuf Ismail, Krisna Murti, Eko Nugroho, Anggun Priambodo, Rani Ravenina, Prilla Tania, Ari Satria Darma, Wok The Rock, and Tintin Wulia