October 24, 2017 - M+, West Kowloon Cultural District - REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia
October 24, 2017

M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

Wilson Shieh, Angkor Quartet, 2004. Ink and colour on silk. M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Yiqingzhai Foundation Limited, 2014. © Wilson Shieh.

REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia
M+ Matters
November 30–December 2, 2017

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Dr
Admiralty
Hong Kong

www.westkowloon.hk
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REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia
M+ Matters
November 30–December 2, 2017

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Dr
Admiralty
Hong Kong

www.westkowloon.hk
Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

As part of the M+ Matters series of public talks and discussions, M+, the new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to announce REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia, to be held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on November 30 to December 2, 2017.

REORIENT is M+’s first public event to focus exclusively on the region of South and Southeast Asia. From its early stages of formation, the M+ collection has encompassed works by South and Southeast Asian artists and makers, but the region(s) have yet to feature prominently as part of the museum’s public programme. With REORIENT, M+ "reorients" attention southward by bringing together key practitioners, curators, researchers and thinkers from the fields of visual art, design and architecture and moving image, and from various locales in South and Southeast Asia, to present and discuss critical issues and multiplicities related to their practice, institutions and contexts. Designed to inform Hong Kong audiences about the important work being done by individuals and institutions in the region, REORIENT also seeks to examine affinities and intersections between cultural practices in Hong Kong and the global south.

Comprised of one-on-one conversations, short presentations and panel discussions, REORIENT is a three-day event designed as a platform to explore views across geographies (from Bangalore to Bangladesh, Yogyakarta to Ho Chi Minh City), disciplines (from visual art, design and architecture, and moving image) and initiatives (from bottom-up to institutionally-driven practices). The conversations and discussions between invited speakers and M+ curators would seek to address the following issues: how local and regional particularities and histories (as well as transnational and global forces and flows) have informed and shaped the nature of cultural ecology and production in South and Southeast Asia; how Hong Kong is culturally, historically and geographically situated with regards to the region(s); and how various curatorial and research frameworks undertaken by museums and cultural institutions in Asia, and elsewhere, have investigated art and design practices of South and Southeast Asia.

REORIENT will begin on November 30 with "Designing on the Margins – Land, Materiality and Community"—an evening of one-to-one dialogues between Anupama Kundoo (Founder, Anupama Kundoo Architects, India/Spain) and Aric Chen (Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+), and between Eko Prawoto (Founder, Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop, Indonesia) and Shirley Surya (Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+).

On December 1, REORIENT will continue with another evening of one-to-one dialogues titled "Art, Ritual and the Everyday" between Rirkrit Tiravanija (visual artist, USA/Germany/Thailand) and Pauline J. Yao (Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+), and between Sheela Gowda (visual artist, India) and Doryun Chong (Deputy Director and Chief Curator, M+).

On December 2, the full-day session titled "Researching, Collecting and Framing the Region" will consist of three panel discussions respectively titled "Adjacencies: Links Between Hong Kong, South and Southeast Asia," "Seeds and Networks: Nurturing Local Ecologies" and "Positions: Institutional Perspectives on South and Southeast Asia" which will involve the following invited speakers: Cosmin Costinas (Director, Para Site, Hong Kong), Chuong-Dai Vo (Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), Diana Campbell Betancourt (Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh), Zoe Butt (Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Vietnam), Roobina Karode (Director and Chief Curator, Kirin Nadar Museum, India), Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil (Founder, LeBoYe Design and Dia.Lo.Gue, Indonesia), Sean Anderson (Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, USA), José Da Silva (Curatorial Manager, Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Australia), Judith Greer (Director International of Programmes, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE) and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (Senior Curator, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore).

Commenting on the event, Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director, M+, said: "Since its beginnings, M+ has been committed to investigating and collecting works—across all disciplines—from South and Southeast Asia, as part of its remit as a global museum, with Asia at its core. REORIENT is a culmination of this ongoing commitment, but also a renewed engagement to bring these practitioners, cultural producers, and institutions from the region, as well as those outside the region, into dialogue with each other and with their counterparts in Hong Kong."

REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia is organised by Pauline J. Yao (Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+) and Shirley Surya (Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+).

For further information, please contact:
Hong Kong: West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
press@wkcda.hk

Internatinoal: SUTTON Hong Kong
wkcda@suttonpr.com

About M+
Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture—encompassing 20th and 21st century art, design, and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond—M+ will be one of the largest museums of 20th and 21st century visual culture in the world. Located adjacent to the park on the waterfront, the museum building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to open in 2019.

About West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and M+, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, as well as provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two kilometre waterfront promenade.

About M+ Matters  
Since 2012, M+ Matters seeks to bring leading practitioners, curators and thinkers from around the world to share their views on topics relevant to the building of a new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong, with members of the public. Previous M+ Matters have examined a range of topics, including Asian design; contemporary ink art; China’s museum building boom; blurred boundaries between artwork and documentation; postwar abstraction in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan; postwar design and industry in East Asia; theorising art histories globally; global museums’ collection and display strategies; 1980s art landscape in China and East Asia; activist art and design from a museological perspective; copy culture; and art of the Pearl River Delta.

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