Para Site International Conference 2013

Para Site International Conference 2013

Three-day forum brings together original thinkers, artists and curators
Sensing Obscurity III: "After" Chinoiserie (2011), still of single channel HDV.

The Para Site International Conference 2013 is a three-day forum that brings together a group of original thinkers, artists and curators from around the world to discuss and navigate on the spectral contemporary condition of art. The conference will present different contextual genealogies, realities of production and interpretative vocabularies and allow for their reading from the perspective of Hong Kong and its changing position in the globalized contemporary art field.

The International Conference 2013 is premised on a need to rethink the basis of international solidarity, with a special attention to the field of contemporary art, to the means it still has and the needs it now has, after the end of its phase of rapid global institutional expansion. The conference will also review a number of case studies of artistic practices in given contexts, looking closer at artistic forms and vocabularies and their complicated relationship to the historical circumstances that generate them and which they try to address.

The conference is organized around two broad thematic fields.

On April 11 and 12, the focus will be on "New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion," culminating with a plenary discussion on April 12 afternoon.

Speakers include: 
Charles Merewether (art historian, writer, Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, and curator of the Biennale of Sydney 2004; Singapore), Hammad Nasar (curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive; Hong Kong), Ruth Noack (art historian, writer, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at The Royal College of Art, and curator of documenta 12; London and Berlin), Erika Tan (artist, curator, writer, and researcher; London), Georg Schöllhammer (writer, researcher, independent curator, and editor-in-chief of springerin and documenta 12 magazines; Vienna), David Teh (curator, writer, academic, director of Future Perfect; Singapore), and Yeung Yang (curator, writer and founder of soundpocket; Hong Kong). 

The second topic, “Determinisms in art vocabularies and interactions between art and politics in specific historical conditions” will be discussed on April 12 and 13.

Participants include:
Nadim Abbas (artist and musician; Hong Kong), Petra Bauer (artist and filmmaker; Stockholm), FX Harsono (art critic, artist and founding member of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru; Jakarta), Max Jorge Hinderer (writer, researcher, cultural critic, curator of The Potosi Principle; Berlin), Ana Janevski (art critic, writer and Associate Curator MoMA; New York), Hsu Ming-han (art and film critic, curator, chief editor of Who's afraid of Ai Weiwei? and founder of Gaze – Contemporary Art Online Magazine; Taipei), Rabih Mroue (actor, playwright, director and artist; Beirut and Berlin), Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (writer, researcher and curator at National University of Singapore Museum; Singapore), Marc Siegel (writer, researcher and co-founder of the art collective CHEAP; Berlin), Enin Supriyanto (writer, editor and independent curator; Jakarta), and Anthony Yung (writer, curator, researcher at Asia Art Archive and co-founder of Observation Society, Guangzhou; Hong Kong). 

Tickets available for the following sessions. Please click on the dates to register online:

11 April 2013 (15:00 – 19:15) New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion
12 April 2013 (14:00 – 15:30) New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion
12 April 2013 (15:45 – 17:00) New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion – Plenary Session
12 April 2013 (17:15 – 19:45) Determinisms in art vocabularies and interactions between art and politics in specific historical conditions
13 April 2013 (11:00 – 17:40) Determinisms in art vocabularies and interactions between art and politics in specific historical conditions
13 April 2013 (17:40 – 19:00) Determinisms in art vocabularies and interactions between art and politics in specific historical conditions – Plenary Session

Live streaming is available at www.para-site.org.hk.

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Event Details

11 April 2013 - 13 April 2013
(All day)

9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Free admission; registration required; online registration only.