Monday, 23 November 2015 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (AEST)
Please note the APT8 Conference is sold out and has reached capacity.
9.00am - 5.00pm | Monday 23 November 2015 | GOMA
Held immediately after the APT8 opening weekend programs and events, the APT8 Conference invites artists, researchers, and curators from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to address some of the key conceptual threads in the exhibition. Grounded in considerations of cultural and social context, discussions centre around strategies at work in recent artistic practice and their relationships to frameworks of exhibition and interpretation.
The day will comprise three key sessions, 'Moving and shaking', 'Vital signs' and 'Bodies politic', examining the varied uses of the human form in artistic expression and the significance of such practices in the region. Each session will feature a set of papers, followed by in depth discussion on the topic. The conference will also feature artist performances and responses.
Session 1 - Moving and shaking
For much of this part of the world, social change is not simply an aspiration of politically-minded artists; it is a given, the very context in which art takes place. How do artists respond to conditions of flux and uncertainty, and in what ways might they participate in it? How specific to art-making are geographical and cultural conditions at a time of rapid change? Is there a relationship between the drivers of social change in Asia and the Pacific and the types of art being made in the region?
Speakers include; Lisa Reihana (artist and APT8 catalogue round table participant), Vuth Lyno (artist and curator), Vera Mey (Curator, Residencies at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore) and session moderator Reuben Keehan (Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, QAGOMA).
Session 2 – Vital signs
There are distinct relationships between museum collections and the activities of daily cultural production. Performance, design, craft, folk, vernacular and ritual objects operate in distinct cultural contexts with highly specific meanings and functions. By bringing vernacular or ritual objects, or even performance and other ephemeral practices, into the museum, what processes of critique are enacted? How does their exhibition in a museum or gallery context affect their interpretation? Perhaps more pointedly, what might they offer the discourses and practices of contemporary art?
Speakers include; Yee I-Lann (Curator and artist), Chaitanya Sambrani (Art historian and curator), Katrina Igglesden (PhD candidate, Fijian Art Research Project, Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas) and session moderator Graeme Were (Senior Lecturer, Anthropology and Museum Studies, The University of Queensland).
Session 3 – Bodies politic
Recent practice in the Asia-Pacific has seen renewed attention to the symbolic potential of the human body. In what ways are bodies utilised in contemporary practice, particularly with regard to contested issues, sites and histories? As sensory registers of mortality and desire, do bodies possess some kind of political autonomy that empowers them as instruments of social and institutional critique?
Speakers include; Christian Thompson (APT8 artist), Patrick Flores (Curator and Professor of Art Studies, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines), Shigeyuki Kihara (APT8 artist) and session moderator Aaron Seeto (Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA).
The event is fully catered and all attendees will receive morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and are invited to attend drinks after the conference from 5.00 – 6.00pm. Alternative dishes are available for those with specific dietary requirements; please ensure you fill out the dietary requirements field when booking.
The APT8 Conference is held in conjunction with the annual 2015 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November which will take place at QAG and GOMA.
A joint ticket is available for purchase for the APT8 Conference (Monday 23 November 2015) and AAANZ Conference (Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November 2015). Read more.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is located across two riverside buildings in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. QAGOMA presents an evolving program of Australian and international exhibitions, with a focus on the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Immerse the family in creativity at the Children’s Art Centre and see the best in international film and video at the Australian Cinémathèque. QAGOMA offers cafes, modern dining and shopping to complete your visit.
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