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Gazing from the Sinosphere: Media Art as Border Crossings

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UNSW Art and Design

Corner Oxford Street and Greens Road

Sydney, NSW 2052

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A program of screenings, in conversations, keynote lecture, and performance lecture.

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How are cultural borders depicted and disrupted? This program discusses new media works by three post-1980s East Asian artists who have all witnessed rapid globalisation, the rise of new capitalist powers, and swift advancements in digital technologies that are predominately manufactured in East Asia. Musquiqui Chihying (Taiwan), Hao Jingban (China), and Au Sow Yee (Malaysia) all use moving image as the main medium to articulate their research-based projects. They work across geographic and cultural boundaries, with interests in decoloniality, migration, and early moving image and photography practices in war time.

The two-day program includes screenings of each artist’s work, featuring the two-channel video Café Togo, where Musquiqui Chihying and Gregor Kasper narrate the little-known colonial relationship between Togo and Germany; Hao Jingban’s From South Lake Park to Hongqi Street, tracing the early moving image industry during the Japanese occupation of Northern China; and Au Sow Yee’s Pak Tai Foto, weaving fictional narratives by South Asian migrant workers with footage of an early photo studio in Kuala Lumpur. Each artist’s time-based works can be understood in various site-specific contexts, although it is not possible to label them as culturally specific, local, or global.

Following the screening program is a keynote lecture by curator and researcher Kim Machan, presenting pioneering research on cross-sections of early video in East Asia.

On day two, Musquiqui Chihying will present a performance lecture using African crafts as examples revealing the emerging cultural and economic landscape connecting China and Africa.

DAY ONE PROGRAM

1:30–6pm, Friday 1 November 2019

EG02 Lecture Theatre, UNSW Art & Design

1:30pm

Opening Introductions

1:40pm

Screening

Au Sow Yee (Malaysia) Pak Tai Foto (2015), 19 mins

2pm

In Conversation

Au Sow Yee via skype and Wah Guan Lim

2:20pm

Screening

Musquiqui Chihying (Taiwan) and Gregor Kasper (Germany), Café Togo (2018), 27 mins

Hao Jingban (China), From South Lake Park to Hongqi Street (2018), 30 mins

3:20pm

Break

Refreshments in the UNSW Galleries foyer

3:45pm

Panel Discussion

Musquiqui Chihying, Olivier Krischer (Sydney University), and Hao Jingban

5pm

Keynote

Kim Machan (University of Queensland), Refocusing on the Medium: reconsidering the rise of East Asian video art

Discussant: Yu-Chieh Li

DAY TWO PROGRAM

3–4:30pm Saturday 2 November 2019

UNSW Galleries

3pm

Performance Lecture

Musquiqui Chihying (Taipei and Berlin), The Sculpture

3:45pm

In-Conversation

Musquiqui Chihying (Taipei and Berlin) with Julia Mendel, UNSW Galleries

4pm

Refreshments in the UNSW Galleries foyer

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