2. Erika Tan & Melanie Jackson
PS.CONFERENCE 2013 | Oriental Rift, Erika Tan, hosted by Qinyi Lim

PS.CONFERENCE 2013 | Oriental Rift, Erika Tan, hosted by Qinyi Lim

Para Site is proud to present 2013 Para Site International Conference, 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 2013 International Conference 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 thus organized around two broad thematic fields. On 11 and 12 April, New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion will feature 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). On 12 and 13 April, Determinisms in art vocabularies and interactions between art and politics in specific historical conditions will include contributions by 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 co-founder of Gaze – Contemporary Art Online Magazine; Taipei), Rabih Mroué (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). The conference is free of charge to the public. Live streaming is available at Para Site’s website.
Curating Lab 2012: Curatorial Roundtable 02

Curating Lab 2012: Curatorial Roundtable 02

Date: 18 August 2012, Saturday Time: 2.00pm Venue: Unit 15 Lorong 24A Geylang ::: THE CURATORIAL ROUNDTABLE SERIES Presented in conjunction with Curating Lab 2012, the Curatorial Roundtable series is a public talk series that gathers together curatorial and industry practitioners across different spectrums, to discuss their latest exhibitions and projects. Although presented primarily for the participants of Curating Lab 2012, this series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between the curator and the audience, providing opportunities for interaction and stimulating discussions on curatorial practices and process. ::: PANELISTS David Henkel is Curator for Southeast Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). His focus is primarily on the Malay World and Tribal communities, as well as the early-modern period of Southeast Asian history. His research interests include weapons and warfare, religion and ritual, woodcarving, metalwork and textiles. His most recent exhibition was Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People. Lilian Chee is a writer, architectural theorist and designer. She was trained at the Bartlett, University College London where she obtained her doctorate, and at the National University of Singapore where she is currently Assistant Professor. She is interested in the potentials and problematics of domesticity as it impacts the individual, the neighborhood, and ultimately, the city. Her interest has been explored across various visual media including architecture, art and film. She is presently working on a research film looking at domesticity within Singapore's public housing context. Erika Tan is an artist and curator whose work has evolved from an interest in anthropology and the moving image. Her work is often informed by specific cultural, geographical or physical contexts; exploring different media to create situations that excite, provoke, question, confront and invite comments from an audience. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Thermocline of Art (ZKM, Germany 2007), The Singapore Biennale (2006), Around The World in Eighty Days (South London Gallery / ICA 2007), EAST International (Norwich Gallery 2000), Cities on the Move (The Hayward Gallery, London), and Incommunicado (Hayward Touring exhibition).