Let’s Twist Again

When 17 Sep 2010 - 18 Sep 2010
Where Centre A
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2 West Hastings Street
Vancouver V6B 1G6
United States
Enquiry 604.683.8326

September 2010 at Centre A



Centre A, interior-exterior view.  Courtesy of Centre A Vancouver

Friday, September 17

Keynote Address: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

David Elliot Artistic director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

Wounds, Happiness, Distance

This lecture looks at three seminal exhibitions curated by David Elliott in three different cities that all aspire in different ways to reflect and describe the conditions of contemporary art as well as their relationship to the city and region in which they were made. The exhibitions were “Wounds: between democracy and redemption in contemporary art” (Stockholm,1998); “Happiness: a survival guide for art and life” (Tokyo, 2003); and “The Beauty of Distance. Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age” (Biennale of Sydney, 2010).

Introduction by Skeena Reece, artist, participant in the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

Saturday, September 18

Three Dialogue Sessions: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Session 1: Art/Globalization/Locating Vancouver

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Moderator: Makiko Hara, Curator Centre A

World maps of contemporary art have shifted dramatically since Tiananmen and the fall of the Berlin Wall. How does Vancouver situate itself amid these changes? What are the implications for the making of art and the production of artists?

Session 2: #artfutures

2:00 pm – 3:00pm

DJ (discourse jockey): Debra Zhou, Assistant Curator, Centre A.

Global networks and social media are transforming the art world. What is their impact on the design of museums, cultural policy, education and arts funding? How are Vancouver artists responding to global issues and local pressures? A mix of live and online elements.

Session 3: Cultural Capital

3:30 – 5:30pm

Moderator: Hank Bull, Executive Director, Centre A

Vancouver is in the grips of a city-wide debate about the place of arts and culture in the city’s vision of its future. What kind of spaces are we building for art? What does Vancouver have to say to the world? This closing discussion will consider these questions and identify the next steps forward.

The symposium features guest speakers who will kindle discussion with short presentations. The second half of each dialogue session is open to public discussion. All symposium participants are invited to contribute to the dialogue.

Dialogue Session Speakers include

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Director, Frye Art Museum, Seattle

Christine Cheung, Artist, Berlin

Randy Gledhill, Artist, Executive Director, Live Biennale

Francisco Fernando Granados, Artist, Master of Visual Arts Studies, University of Toronto

Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery

Ray Hsu, Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Creative Writing Department, University of British Columbia

Michael Heeney, Principal and Executive Director, Bing Thom Architects

Alice Ming Wai Jim, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University

Ying Kwok, Curator, Chinese Arts Centre Manchester, UK

Ken Lum, Artist

Jesse McKee, Exhibition Curator, Western Front Society

Laura Marks, Dena Wosk University Professor of Art and Culture Studies, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

David MacWilliam, Dean, Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Brian McBay, Arts administrator, Executive Director, 221A Artist-Run Centre, Vancouver

Jonathan Middleton, Director, Or Gallery, Vice President of PAARC and representative to ARCA

Richard Newirth, Managing Director of Cultural Services for the City of Vancouver

Liz Park, Independent curator, Public Programmer, Vancouver Art Gallery

Kristina Lee Podesva, Artists, Curator, Writer and Editor of Fillip

Sadira Rodrigues, Director of Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Joomi Seo, Artist, MFA candidate in Visual Arts, University of British Columbia

Maiko Tanaka, Toronto/Utrecht based Independent curator, Board Member, Gendai Gallery, Toronto

Steven Tong, Artist, Co-curator, CSA Gallery

Keith Wallace, Editor-in-chief, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art

Victor Wang, Executive Director, Make Art History; Director, Here is Now

Scott Watson, Director, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia

Paul Wong, Artist, curator

Yan Wu, Independent curator, writer, Program Coordinator, Gendai Gallery, Toronto

Jin-me Yoon, Artist, Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

Vera Yu, President, Asia Unlimited, Berlin

Zheng Shengtian, Managing Editor, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art

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