Call for Papers – It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia


Image: Collage including Signals: August 1964–March 1966, ed. David Medalla. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive.

The submission deadline has been extended to 25 April 2017. 

Date: Thu, 11–Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Venue: The University of Hong Kong
Organizers: Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong

This symposium asks how periodicals across the twentieth century have fostered conversations about art and emergent forms of visuality in Asia. We are interested in how periodicals constitute genealogies of language and nomenclatures around the modern, the contemporary, the indigenous, the nation, arts and crafts, and tradition.

Light, affordable, and foldable, periodicals travelled with unprecedented speed from writer and artist to printer, and from mail service to reader. These circuits of ideas, practices, and readerships created (and were created by) new sites of experimentation in print technologies, illustration, graphic design, and forms literary and artistic. Their portability opened possibilities for the translation and transposition of ideas across media, language, culture, and geography.

‘Periodical time’—the monthly, the fortnightly, the weekly, or at times, the single issue—became a way of serving and forming diverse publics, with spaces including popular, cultural, and literary magazines; newspapers; self-published zines; artist-run magazines; and journals.

For some artists and intellectuals, the print platform remains appealing for its visual, archival, discursive, and dissemination functions. We seek to understand how periodicals map, compile, translate, and republish texts as they define what it means to be modern and contemporary in specific locales.

This symposium invites contributions anchored around periodicals from Asia published between 1900 to the present.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

1. How did periodicals shape and disseminate debates around discourses on modernism, aesthetics, the avant-garde, and the contemporary in Asia? How were these related to broader affinities such as those of the non-West, the post-colonial, the indigenous, or the alternative?

2. How might we chart the contexts and economies of their production, conditions of publication, circuits of distribution, and networks of readership? What kinds of material content and collection did the form of the periodical make possible?

3. In what ways did periodicals serve as sites of exhibition? What were the languages of visuality constituted within them via images of artwork, advertisements, covers, design and typography, and the very form of the periodical?

4. What intersections between art and writing did periodicals enable? How did the periodical form facilitate experiments in language and new genres of writing? Who were the writers who made significant contributions to periodicals, and what new imaginaries around art did they introduce?

5. What are the implications of digitization for the study of periodicals? How has large-scale digitization of periodicals opened new ways of seeing, perceiving, annotating, and researching the fields of modern and contemporary art?

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Material may be submitted in English or Chinese. Please submit the following by Tuesday, 25 April, to symposium@aaa.org.hk (use the subject line: Art Periodicals Symposium):

1. A 200-word abstract
2. A two-page curriculum vitae with e-mail, phone number, and mailing address

Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. Final papers must be in English or Chinese. There may be funding for speakers, subject to availability.

 

Supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited and the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation


Organizers

ALL KEYWORDS

20th century, abstract art, Abstraction, Access, Afghanistan, Alternative Space, American History, Animation, Anthology, anthropology, Architecture, Archive, Art Administration, art history, Artificial Intelligence, artist book, artist's book, artist’s book, Asia Art Archive, Asian American, Automation, Autonomy, avant-garde, Bangladesh, Buddhism, Burma, Cambodia, care-giving, Catalogue, Censorship, Central Asia, ceramic art, Chance, Chengdu, China, Chinatown, cities, collage, Collecting, Collective, Collectivity, commercial art, Communism, conceptual art, conceptual photography, Cultural Revolution, culture, Curating, Cutlural Revolution, Design, Diaspora, digital print, Displacement, DNA, Documentary, Domestic Labor, Drawing, Economics, Education, encyclopedia, EPOXY, essays, Exhibition History, Experimental Music, Feminism, Festivals, Fiction, Fluxus, Folklore, Form, Foundations, Gender, Genetics, Geography, ghosts, Godzilla, Graphic Novel, group exhibition, Gwangju Biennale, histories, history, Hong Kong, hong kong S.A.R., Identity, Imaging, Imitation, Independent Publisher, Index, India, Indonesia, Infrastructure, ink, ink and colors, ink painting, ink-painting, Installation, installation art, Institution, Internet, Iran, Island, Japan, Khmer Rouge, Korea, Labor, Land, Land Art, Language, Lhasa, Locality, Madagascar, Malaysia, Manananggal, mapping, Memory, Mexico, Migrant Workers, Migration, Miniature Painting, Minimalism, mixed media, Model Opera, modern art, mourning, Moving Image, multimedia art, Museum studies, Museums, Music, Myanmar, mythology, nationalism, Nations, New Media Art, New York City, North Africa, oil, oil painting, painting, paintings, Pakistan, Pakistani, Pedagogy, people, Perennial exhibition, Performance, performance art, Philippines, photographs, Photography, Pop Culture, Pop Music, print, prints, Protest, Public Space, Publication, Realism, Revolution, Saudi Arabia, Sci-Fi, Science, Sculpture, Secrets, Shamanism, Singapore, Small Press, Socialist Realism, Sonic Art, sound, Sound Art, South Asia, South East Asia, south korea, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, Surveillance, System, Taiwan, technology, Thailand, the Middle East, The Philippines, Theater, Tibet, Tomato Grey, Tradition, trama, Tunisia, United States, Unity, Vampires, Video Art, Video Game, Vietnam, Violence, visual culture, War, Water Rights, watercolor, watercolour painting, woman artist, women, women artist, women artists, woodcuts, Zhejiang Academy, Zine

ARTISTS, CRITICS, CURATORS, AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Aisha Khalid, Alexandra Chang, Alexandra Munroe, Alf Chang, Amy Lien, Amy WOOD, Annysa Ng, Anthony Yung, Arin Rungjang, Ashley Billingsley, Ashok Sukumaran, Bani Abadi, Bani Abidi, Barbara London, Beth Citron, Betsy Damon, Bing Lee, Birgit DONKER, Boon Hui Tan, 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, Enzo Camacho, EPOXY Art Group, 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, Hajra Waheed, 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, Jen Liu, Jennifer Davis, Jewyo Rhii, Joan Lebold Cohen, Joanne, John Pirozzi, Julian Ross, Jun Yang, June Yap, Kaho Albert Yu, Katherine Grube, Kim Yong-Ik, Kimia Maleki, Kit Yi Wong, Koki Tanaka, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Laurel Ptak, Lê Thuận Uyên, Lee Kit, Lee Mingwei, Lee Weng Choy, Lesley Ma, Levi Easterbrooks, 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, Ming Fay, Miwako Tezuka, Moe Satt, Murtaza Vali, Museum of Unknown, Nadim Abbas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nate Hun, Nico Baumbach, Nikhil Raunak, Nora Taylor, 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, Risha Lee, Roslisham Ismail a.k.a. Ise, Ruijun Shen, Ryan Lee Wong, Saadia Toor, Sabih Mohd Ahmed, Sam Hart, Samita Sinha, Samsom Young, Samson Young, Sareth Svay, Sean Anderson, Sen Uesaki, Shaina Anand, Sharmini Pereira, Shen Xin, Shiraga Kazuo, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Simon Wu, Sohl Lee, Son Ni, Song Dong, Sopheap Pich, Stephanie Comilang, Stephanie H. Tung, Su Yu-Hsien, Sung Hwan Kim, Sunghee Lee, Tabaimo, Takahiko Iimura, Takeshi Ikeda, Tammy Nguyen, Tang Kwok Hin, Teresa Kwong, The Otolith Group, 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, Yang Wang, Yin Xiuzhen, Ying Kwok, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Yung MA, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Peili, Zheng Shengtian, Zhenzhen Qi, Zhou Tao, Zoe Butt