Call for Applications: Asia Art Archive in America’s Leadership Camp

Application Due Date: Friday July 29, 2016

First Seminar Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016, 5–8pm
Refreshments served

Asia Art Archive in America’s inaugural Leadership Camp’s theme is “Envisioning Institutions.” Organized and moderated by Christopher K. Ho with AAA-A’s Ali Wong and Xiaofei Mo, Leadership Camp combines seminar-type discussions of selected texts, presentations by participants and guests, and a public component. The goal is to collectively workshop formats, frameworks, and missions for new and existing institutions.

Applications for Leadership Camp: “Envisioning Institutions” are due on Friday, July 29. Applications should be sent to awong@aaa-a.org. Please send all the below elements in ONE PDF FILE:

  • a CV
  • a narrative bio (max. 200 words)
  • a short statement of interest detailing your overall directional approach to interpreting “Institution” (max. 500 words)
  • an artwork or writing sample (optional)

Your statements will be incorporated into the planning of future seminars and taken into consideration as we plan for guest speakers. Selected participants will be notified by August 5.

Prior to the first session on Sunday, August 21, 5-8pm at Asia Art Archive in America, 43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, participants will receive PDFs of the readings we will use as points of departure by email.

FRAMING QUESTIONS FOR SESSION 1:

In the 1970s, institutional critique questioned the museum’s authority and attenuated canonical, chronological history’s supremacy. By the 1990s, artists could—and often did—occupy the position of curator and gallerist; they moved up the hierarchy from “labor” to “management.” But this turned out to be a two-way street. The 1990s also witnessed curators like Hans Ulrich Obrist emerge from the haze of administration and into the lumen. And today collectors are heralded as artistic visionaries, their proper names perambulating from museum walls to exhibition titles.

The becoming-artist of curators and collectors paralleled the institutionalization of alternative spaces such as PS1, in 2000 rebranded MoMA PS1. Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello’s 1999 The New Spirit of Capitalism further traced the inexorable mainstreaming of the margins—capitalism’s hallmark—through transformations of the subject. For them, while the contemporary model of the freelancer resists bureaucracy and forms of organization endemic to an earlier stage of capitalism, it dovetails with advanced network capitalism’s salient methodologies. Liberated, individual, and spontaneous, the freelancer, for instance, lacks company-issued healthcare and is expected to be passionate about his or her work.

This session asks: Might artists, curators, and scholars work through this institutionalization and with this subject position rather than bemoaning assimilation, or wallowing in the fact that we are paradigmatic subjects of neo-liberal capitalism? Might there be other forms of capitalism emerging from the East that complicate the narrative above? Might once marginal spaces now constitute institutional instruments for change? Done constructively, might the task of representing contemporary subjectivity found a new civic art and if so, what might this look like?

Image courtesy of Asia Art Archive in America

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Hong Kong-born Christopher K. Ho employs diverse formats to explore often-invisible social forces implicating contemporary art. His solo show Demoiselles d’Avignon (2013, Y Gallery, NY) refracted Western abstraction through the eyes of a future class of refined Chinese princelings, while Privileged White People (2013, Forever & Today, NY) examined the sensibility of artists who grew up during the affluent Clinton presidency. He has had solo exhibitions at Winkleman Gallery, NY (2010, 2008); FJORD, Philadelphia (2013); and Galeria EDS, Mexico City (2009). His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Artforum, and ArtReview. He participated in the Incheon Biennial (2009), the Chinese Biennial Beijing (2008), and the Busan Bienniale (2008), and produced site-specific pieces for Storm King (2013) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (2011), where he was the 2010 Critical Studies Fellow. He has additionally taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and at Rhode Island School of Design. He is trustee of NurtureArt.

 


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council

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ARTISTS, CRITICS, CURATORS, AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Aisha Khalid, Alexandra Chang, Alexandra Munroe, Alf Chang, Amy WOOD, Annysa Ng, Anthony Yung, Arin Rungjang, Ashley Billingsley, Ashok Sukumaran, Bani Abadi, Bani Abidi, Barbara London, Bing Lee, Birgit DONKER, Boris Groys, Brinda Kumar, Cai Guoqiang, CAMP, Cao Fei, Casey Tang, Chang Chao Tang, Chen Chieh-jen, Chen Tong, Chen Wei-ching, Chen Xiaomei, Chihoi, Christoph NOE, Christopher K. Ho, Christopher Phillips, Chương-Đài Võ, Cici Wu, Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, Cosmin Costinas, David Smith, Desire Machine Collective, Dinh Q Le, Dooeun Choi, Ei Arakawa, Eleanor Heartney, Erin Gleeson, Eugene Wang, Fang Lu, Farah Wardani, Fei Dawei, FENG Yuan(馮原), Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez, fwf, Gao Shiming, Gianni Jetzer, Glenn Phillips, Go Hirasawa, Hammad Nasar, Heman Chong, Herb Tam, Hiroko Tasaka, Hitomi Iwasaki, Ho Tzu Nyen, Howie Chen, Huang Chien-Hung, Huang Hua-Chen, HUANG Xiaopeng, I-Hua Lee, Il Lee, Ingrid Chu, Jaeyong Park, Jane DeBevoise, Jean-Hubert Martin, Jennifer Davis, Jewyo Rhii, Joan Lebold Cohen, Joanne, John Pirozzi, Julian Ross, Jun Yang, June Yap, Kaho Albert Yu, Katherine Grube, Kim Yong-Ik, Kit Yi Wong, Koki Tanaka, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Laurel Ptak, Lê Thuận Uyên, Lee Kit, Lee Mingwei, Lee Weng Choy, Lesley Ma, Li Ming, Li Ran, Li Xiaofei, Liang Jianhua, Lin Yilin, LinDa Saphan, Liu Ding, Liu Shiyuan, Lynn Gumpert, Lyno Vuth, Maline Yim, Mao Chenyu, MAP Office, Margaret Lee, Margo Machida, Mariam Ghani, Marvin Taylor, Meghan Forbes, Meiya Cheng, Mel Bochner, Michelle Wong, Michelle Yun, Midori Yoshimoto, Murtaza Vali, Museum of Unknown, Nadim Abbas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nate Hun, Nico Baumbach, Nikhil Raunak, nos:books, Ocean Leung, Onejoon Che, Pad.ma, Pak Sheung Chuen, Pan An-yi, Park Chankyong, Passenger Pigeon Press, Patty Chang, Pi Li, Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Prem Krishnamurthy, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Deshu, Qiu Zhijie, Rabbya Naseer, Rania Ho, Raqs Media Collective, Reiko Tomii, Richard Vine, Rina Banerjee, Roslisham Ismail a.k.a. Ise, Ruijun Shen, Ryan Lee Wong, Saadia Toor, Sabih Mohd Ahmed, Samsom Young, Samson Young, Sareth Svay, Sean Anderson, Sen Uesaki, Shaina Anand, Sharmini Pereira, Shiraga Kazuo, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Sohl Lee, Son Ni, Song Dong, Sopheap Pich, Stephanie Comilang, Su Yu-Hsien, Sung Hwan Kim, Sunghee Lee, Tabaimo, Takahiko Iimura, Takeshi Ikeda, Tammy Nguyen, Tang Kwok Hin, Teresa Kwong, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tiffany Chung, Tobias Madison, Trần Minh Đức, Uli Sigg, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jing, Wang Wei, William LIM, Work on Work, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiaoyu Weng, Xin Wang, Xu Bing, Xu Tan, YANG Jiechang, Yin Xiuzhen, Ying Kwok, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Yung MA, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Peili, Zheng Shengtian, Zhou Tao, Zoe Butt