The Archival Impulse: Collecting and Conserving the Moving Image in Asia

 

Thursday, September 10, 10AM – 1PM
The Museum of Modern Art
The Celeste Bartos Theater
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54 Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), New York, NY 10019

Organized by Asia Art Archive, Collaborative Cataloging Japan, and MoMA’s C-MAP initiative, this three-panel event provides a forum to rethink and share the methods, philosophies, and challenges in archiving moving image and time-based media works in Asia.

DEVELOPING COLLECTIONS
Hiroko Tasaka (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), Farah Wardani (National Gallery Singapore), Fang Lu (Video Bureau, Beijing and Guangzhou), and Stuart Comer (MoMA, New York) introduce collection strategies and compare archiving practice at their organizations in Japan, Singapore, China, and New York. The panel will explore the impetus behind the development of these collections, the urgencies to which they respond, and how they expand upon existing art historical narratives.

OPENING THE DIGITAL VAULT
David Smith (Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), Sen Uesaki (Keio University Art Center, Tokyo), Alf Chang (ETAT Lab, Taipei), and Ben Fino-Radin (MoMA, New York) explore the transition from a static physical archive to a digital infrastructure that is open, nonlinear, web-like, and constantly evolving. As the modes of access continue to change, how do we effectively preserve moving image and time-based works in the digital age, and bring this material into a rhizomatic network of knowledge?

TRANSFORMING HISTORIES
Go Hirasawa (Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo), Mariam Ghani (Artist, New York), Huang Chien-hung (Taipei National University of Arts), and Jane DeBevoise (Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and New York) discuss research projects that develop out of archival materials. Pointing to sources ranging from personal archives to commercial and state-sponsored media production, these projects attempt to expand and nuance ways of thinking about history, politics, and collective memory.

Admission is free with your RSVP. However, space is limited and seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to be guaranteed a seat.
RSVP: contact_c-map@moma.org


Image: Mariam Ghani. Still from What we left unfinished. In progress. Research project, installations, and feature film. Shown: discarded scraps from the feature film Gunah (1979), and newsreel (1978). Image courtesy of the artist.

 

 

Asia Art Archive collects, preserves, and makes information on contemporary art of Asia easily accessible in order to facilitate understanding and research in the field. (www.aaa.org.hk, www.aaa-a.org)

Collaborative Cataloging Japan supports preservation and archival initiatives for Japanese postwar moving image works. (www.collabjapan.org)

MoMA’s Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) is the Museum’s cross-departmental research program on art in the global age, which currently focuses on Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe. (post.at.moma.org)

 

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ARTISTS, CRITICS, CURATORS, AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Aisha Khalid, Aki Onda, Aki Sasamoto, Alexander Keefe, Alexandra Chang, Alexandra Munroe, Alf Chang, Amy Lien, Amy WOOD, Annysa Ng, Anthony Tino, Anthony Yung, Arin Rungjang, Ashley Billingsley, Ashok Sukumaran, Bahar Behbahani, Bahar Behbani, Bani Abadi, Bani Abidi, Barbara London, Benjamin Moskowitz, 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, Chang Yuchen, Chen Chieh-jen, Chen Tong, Chen Wei-ching, Chen Xiaomei, Chihoi, Chitra Ganesh, Chris Wu, Christoph NOE, Christopher Ho, Christopher K. Ho, Christopher Phillips, Chương-Đài Võ, Cici Wu, Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, Cosmin Costinas, David Smith, Desire Machine Collective, Dinh Q Le, dmp editions, Dooeun Choi, DREAMER FTY, Ei Arakawa, Eleanor Heartney, Enzo Camacho, EPOXY Art Group, Erin Gleeson, Eugene Wang, Fang Lu, Farah Wardani, Fei Dawei, FENG Yuan(馮原), Franklin Furnace, Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez, Fully Booked, Furen Dai, 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, Hsu Chia-Wei, Huang Chien-Hung, Huang Hua-Chen, Huang Po-chih, HUANG Xiaopeng, I-Hua Lee, Il Lee, Ingrid Chu, Interference Archive, Jaeyong Park, Jane DeBevoise, Jean-Hubert Martin, Jen Hoyer, Jen Liu, Jennifer Davis, Jewyo Rhii, Joan Lebold Cohen, Joanne, John Pirozzi, John Tain, José Maceda, 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, Lisa Ross, Liu Ding, Liu Shiyuan, Louiza Ho, Lynn Gumpert, Lyno Vuth, Maline Yim, Mao Chenyu, MAP Office, Margaret Lee, Margo Machida, Mariam Ghani, Martha Wilson, Marvin Taylor, Meghan Forbes, Meiya Cheng, Mel Bochner, Miao Ying, Michelle Wong, Michelle Yun, Midori Yoshimoto, Ming Fay, Minoru Yoshida, Miwako Tezuka, Moe Satt, Morgan Wong, Mukaddas Mijit, Murtaza Vali, Museum of Unknown, Nadim Abbas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nate Hun, Nico Baumbach, Nikhil Raunak, Nonny de la Peña, 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, Rob Smith, Roslisham Ismail a.k.a. Ise, Ruijun Shen, Ryan Lee Wong, Saadia Toor, Sabih Mohd Ahmed, Sadya Mizan, Sam Hart, Samita Sinha, Samsom Young, Samson Young, Sareth Svay, Sean Anderson, Sen Uesaki, Shaina Anand, Shanta Rao, Sharmini Pereira, Shauba Chang, Shen Xin, Shiraga Kazuo, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Simon Leung (梁碩恩), Simon Wu, Sming Sming Books, Sohl Lee, Son Ni, Song Dong, Sopheap Pich, Stephanie Comilang, Stephanie H. Tung, Stephen Teiser, Su Hui-Yu, Su Yu-Hsien, Sung Hwan Kim, Sunghee Lee, Tabaimo, Takahiko Iimura, Takako Tanabe, Takeshi Ikeda, Tammy Nguyen, Tang Kwok Hin, Taro Hanaga, Teresa Kwong, The Dunhuang Foundation, The Otolith Group, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tiffany Chung, Tishan Hsu, Tobias Madison, Tom Looser, Trần Minh Đức, Uli Sigg, Umber Majeed, Vivian Sming, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jing, Wang Wei, Wang Xu, Waterfall, William LIM, Work on Work, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiaoyu Weng, Xie Xiaoze, Xin Wang, Xu Bing, Xu Tan, YANG Jiechang, Yang Wang, Yin Xiuzhen, Ying Kwok, Yoon Hwan Bae, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Yu Cheng-Ta, Yung MA, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Peili, Zheng Shengtian, Zhenzhen Qi, Zhou Tao, Ziying Duan, Zoe Butt