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It Begins with a Story: A Symposium on Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia – Register Now

Organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, this symposium explores how periodicals have fostered conversations around art and emergent forms of visuality in twentieth-century Asia.

Periodicals are exemplary for how they bring technologies of word, image, and print together with notions of aesthetics, practices of viewing, and circuits of dissemination. The adage “modernism began in the magazines” is certainly true for Asia, where print media has been instrumental in taking debates, discourses, and images of art to wide audiences.

Periodicals have been more than just platforms or sites for artistic experimentation and exhibition; they have themselves shaped and staged them. In so doing, periodicals have played a defining role in forming diverse publics for art in Asia.

The papers presented in the symposium explore periodicals in relation to emerging practices that cut across genres, new nomenclatures and aesthetic propositions, verbal and visual manifestos, the production of alternative publics and communities for art, and other topics.

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Symposium Agenda
11 Jan 2018 
5pm | Keynote
Charles ESCHE, Director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Co-founder of 
Afterall journal
Moderator: Yeewan KOON, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

12 Jan 2018
10:30am | Panel 1: War and Alternative Modernities
Michael ERDMAN, Curator, Turkish and Turkic Collections, The British Library
Samina IQBAL, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Lahore School
of Economics
Phoebe SCOTT, Curator, National Gallery Singapore
Moderator: Chương-Đài VÕ, Reseacher, Asia Art Archive

1:30pm | Panel 2: Underground and Overground
Mervin ESPINA, Program Director, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila
Anthony LEUNG Po-Shan, PhD in Cultural Studies, The Chinese University
of Hong Kong
Hyejong YOO, Art Historian, Seoul
Moderator: Yeewan KOON, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

13 Jan 2018
10:30am | Panel 3: Aesthetics and Internationalism
CHIANG Poshin, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Tainan National University of the Arts
Naomi KUROMIYA, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York
Sophia POWERS, PhD in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
Moderator: John TAIN, Head of Research, Asia Art Archive

2pm | Panel 4: Intersections of Art and Mass Culture
Spandan BHATTACHARYA, Adjunct Faculty for Film Studies, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi
Insoo CHO, Professor, Art Theory Department, School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts
WU Mo, PhD Candidate, History of Chinese Art, The Chinese University
of Hong Kong
Moderator: Sneha RAGAVAN, Researcher, Asia Art Archive

4pm | Conversation
LI Xianting, Beijing-based Independent Critic and Curator
Moderator: Anthony YUNG, Researcher, Asia Art Archive



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