ArtHK11: AAA Backroom Conversations

When 26 May 2011 - 29 May 2011
Where Asia Art Archive
Room N206-208, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Enquiry (852) 2815-1112

May 26-29 2011
on the occasion of ArtHK’11

For the fourth year in a row, Asia Art Archive presents ‘Backroom Conversations’ during ART HK 11, a series of panel discussions in which leading experts and practitioners in the contemporary art field consider regional artistic currents within a global context. New to the programme, the ‘Inaugural Burger Collection Keynote Lecture’ honours a significant voice in the field today and ‘Open Platform’ invites cultural producers and organisers to submit proposals for 28-minute presentations to be given during the fair.

Thursday 26th May from 3.30pm – 5.30pm, a panel will discuss ‘Is ink painting dead? Is it contemporary?’ In this panel, three contemporary artists who work with ink will each partner with a scholar or curator to talk about their practice and address some key questions and concerns that arise today in relation to contemporary Ink artworks.

This will be followed by the Burger Collection Keynote Inaugural Lecture on the 26th May from 6-8pm. The Burger Collection Keynote Lecture recognises an academic voice that has made significant contributions to the field. This year AAA welcomes Professor Sarat Maharaj, Professor of Visual Art & Knowledge Systems, Lund University and the Malmo Art Academies, Sweden.

Friday 27th May from 4-6pm, a panel will discuss ‘Korea, Be Inspired’. This panel will consider the case of Seoul; addressing how its development as a cosmopolitan city in the last decade has shaped internal and external perceptions of the city and how these perceptions affect Korean cultural production.

Saturday 28th May from 10.30-12.30pm, a panel will discuss ‘Hong Kongism’. Over the last decade, an increased awareness of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage and local identity have developed alongside ambitious cultural goals as evidenced by major projects like the West Kowloon Cultural District.  This panel will ask how this political and cultural awakening has manifested in the work of the city’s cultural practitioners while attempting to identify the essence of the Hong Kong condition and its impact on the work being produced here.

Saturday 28th May from 2-4pm, a panel will discuss ‘The Decade Revisited …’ AAA asks art professionals to reflect on the past ten years through the introduction and consideration of three key works or projects that address the tumultuous times in which we live. Which were prescient? Which were insightful? Which have the potential to impact the way we will consider the decades to come?

Sunday 29th May from 2-4.30pm ‘Open Platform’. AAA gives a voice and a platform to projects and ideas that demand to be heard. A panel of judges consisting of editors from international art magazines will select four presentations for ‘Open Platform’, based on diversity of content, originality, format, and relevance to today’s world.

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To RSVP for an event, please email backroom@aaa.org.hk.