Let’s Twist Again
|When||17 Sep 2010 - 18 Sep 2010|
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2 West Hastings Street
Vancouver V6B 1G6
September 2010 at Centre A
A TWO DAY SYMPOSIUM
SITUATING VANCOUVER IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY ART
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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