Ernst Ohlmer’s 1873 photos of the ruins, Xieqiqu, Music Pavilion, Yuanmingyuan (left). Forty Scenes of Yuanmingyuan commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor in 1744 by artists Shen Yuan and Tangdai, and calligrapher Wang Youdun (right).


Asia Art Archive in America’s 2022 Leadership Camp: (Im)material Ruins

March 22, 2022 – April 22, 2022
Asia Art Archive in America

23 Cranberry St. Brooklyn, NY

Application Open: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Application Due: Friday, April 22, 2022
First Session: Sunday, May 29, 2022 (5-8 pm); subsequent meetings in July, September, October 2022

“What ensued has been a separate history of ruins in China. Ruin images were legitimated; but what made them ‘modern’ … was their emphasis on the present, their fascination with violence and destruction, their embodiment of a critical gaze, and their mass circulation.” – Wu Hung, “Ruins, Fragmentation, and the Chinese Modern/Postmodern,” in Gao Minglu, ed., Inside Out: New Chinese Art (New York and San Francisco 1998), 60.

“(Im)material Ruins” is the theme of the fifth iteration of Asia Art Archive in America’s annual Leadership Camp. Organized and moderated by Don Hải Phú Daedalus with AAA-A’s Furen Dai, Leadership Camp’s intimate format interweaves four closed seminar discussions of selected texts with field trips and the diverse knowledge of participants. The goal is to use these readings and excursions as guideposts to think about ruins – how they exist as traces of the past and at the same time how they expand our imagination of the future.

To apply, please send all the below elements in ONE PDF FILE:

  • a CV
  • a narrative bio (max. 200 words)
  • a proposal to lead one of the four sessions on the topic of “(Im)material Ruins”. Your proposal should include a short overview statement of the session, framing questions, and two primary readings you are planning to assign (with a 30-page total cap) that are in conversation with (or opposition to) each other. (max. 1 page)
  • an artwork or writing sample (optional)

General requirements:
Applicants should be based in the New York metropolitan area, or are able to travel to New York for all four sessions.

Application for Leadership Camp: “(Im)material Ruins” is due on Friday, April 22, 2022. You can apply individually or jointly as a pair. All application materials and/or questions should be sent to