FORUMS

Mediums from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea-2019 Asian Art Forum


2019 / 11 / 28
I. Introduction
 

The 2019 Asian Art Forum, “Mediums from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea,” examines Asian contemporary art’s distinctive creative concepts and methods of practice, echoing the curatorial approach of the 2019 Asian Art Biennial, “The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea.” In the Biennial’s theme, “strangers” refers to outsiders within Asia, who have many different ambiguous identities and who serve as intermediaries. These intermediaries are channels to the unknown beyond us, enabling an examination of ourselves, our society, or even the boundaries of our species. When we encounter these strangers, who come from all over, from the mountains and seas, clouds and minerals, we can lay aside the self and accept other cultures. We can loosen the restrictions of existing ideologies and understandings, as a means to examine the internal issues within Asia.
 
In this forum Taiwanese and international curators, experts and scholars share cross-disciplinary and cross-regional academic research, observing how the cultural ecology of Asia has developed multiple distinctive dimensions outside the Western narrative. Considering a range of perspectives, from local Asian history and sociology to ethnology, digital technology and regional studies, the forum aims to carry out dialogue and exchange between Asian contemporary art and the world, and thus to gain a new understanding of the thought systems nurtured by Asian contemporary art, as well as its context of practice.
 

II. Topics  
 

The forum is divided into four sessions, “The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea,” “The Marebito as Medium,” “Mediums of Zomia” and “Maritime Narratives beyond Continental Power,” as described below:
 

Session 1: The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea

Speakers: HSU Chia-Wei, HO Tzu-Nyen (Co-curators of 2019 Asian Art Biennial)
(1)  Observations and deliberations of outside cultures within Asia, based on the
connections among “mountain,” “sea” and “strangers.”
(2)  An analysis of how Asian artists think creatively about strangers and strange places, from a curatorial perspective closely connected to the art production process.
 

Session 2: The Marebito as Medium

Speakers: Reiji Ando (Professor of Art and Science, Faculty of Art, Tama Art University), You Mi (Lecturer, curating and mediating art at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
The concept of marebito, proposed by Japanese scholar of literature and folklore Shinobu Orikuchi, may serve as an extension of “stranger” and allude to people’s imaginations of outsiders or others. In this session marebito acts as a medium intersecting art and anthropology by which to develop a new principle for expressing both.
A deep dive into the different networks of Eurasia – trade, cosmological, mythical, informational – and their implications for understanding inter-Asian connections today, as an avenue for speculation on a new utopic social form.
 

Session 3: Mediums of Zomia

Speakers: LIU Chuang (Artist of 2019 Asian Art Biennial),
CHEN Zi-An (Independent Curator)
In his work Bitcoin Mining and Field Recordings of Ethnic Minorities, the artist Liu Chuang ponders the relationship between Bitcoin mines and minority cultures throughout the region of Zomia, which he analyzes in terms of biological evolution, as a form of genetic exchange. This session considers such dimensions as anthropology, ecology and technology, which the artwork explores through a field study examining the archaeology of minority peoples and their interaction with the natural environment.
Borrowing the dynamic viewing method employed by Liu Chuang in Bitcoin Mining and Field Recordings of Ethnic Minorities, this session considers frameworks of observation, developing a perspectivist theory of visual culture regarding the viewing of modern technology.
 

Session 4: Maritime Narratives beyond Continental Power

Speakers: Patrick D. Flores (Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines), Renan Laru-an (Independent Curator)
(1)  The creative practice of Asian artists outside the mainstream and the influence of the sea on Asian contemporary art.
(2)  This session considers the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines as a case study of contemporary Asia, referencing the coordinated work and viewpoints of the scholars Saleeby and Saber to examine the roles of “problem,” “collaboration” and “critique” in the structure and formation of political subjectivities, and the several transitions the Philippines has undergone during the postcolonial era.

 

Ш.Program
Sat. December 21, 2019/ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium | Online Registration

10:00~10:20  

Registration  

10:20~10:30

Opening Ceremony
LIN Chi-Ming (Director, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts)

Time

Program

10:30~11:00

Session 1: The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea

Speaker: HSU Chia-Wei (Co-curators of 2019 Asian Art Biennial)
HO Tzu-Nyen (Co-curators of 2019 Asian Art Biennial)

11:00~12:40

Session 2: The Marebito as Medium
Moderator: GONG Jow-Jiun (Associate Professor, Doctoral Program in Art Creation and Theory, Tainan National University of the Arts)

Topic: Shinobu Orikuchi’s Marebito: Visiting Gods, The intersection between art
and anthropology
Speaker: Reiji Ando (Literary Critic /Professor of Art and Science, Faculty of Art, Tama Art University)

Topic: Eurasia Networks and Reprogrammable Societies
Speaker: You Mi (Curator / Lecturer, curating and mediating art at the School of Arts,
Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)

12:40~13:40

Lunch

13:40~15:20

Session 3: Mediums of Zomia

Topic: Can sound be currency?
Speaker: LIU Chuang (Artist of 2019 Asian Art Biennial)

Topic: The Background Theory (Haikeiron): Notes Towards a Diagonal Perspective
Speaker: CHEN Zi-An (Independent Curator)

15:20~15:40

Tea Break

15:40~17:20

Session 4: Maritime Narratives beyond Continental Power
Moderator: June Yap (Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the
Singapore Art Museum)

Patrick D. Flores (Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines / Artistic Director of the 2019 Singapore Biennale)

Topic: Men Who Got Sick of Men
Speaker: Renan Laru-an (Independent Curator/ One of the Curators of the 2019 Singapore Biennale)