Curating on the Nexus of Changes

Curating on the Nexus of Changes

Guangdong Times Museum

July 2, 2012

No Ground Underneath; 
Curating on the Nexus of Changes

A three-day seminar
2–4 July 2012, 10–12:30 & 14:30–17

Guangdong Times Museum
Times Rose Garden III
Huangbianbei Road, Baiyun Avenue
Guangzhou, China

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Guangdong Times Museum is pleased to announce No Ground Underneath; Curating On the Nexus of Changes, a three-day-long international seminar from 2 to 4 July 2012. It will be held at the 19th floor main exhibition hall of the museum. This is organized in conjunction with the pre-launch of a book series on curating that is conceived and produced by Guangdong Times Museum.

This seminar is co-curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and Carol Yinghua Lu and produced by Guangdong Times Museum. The topics originated from a column co-hosted by Cai and Lu on the magazine Contemporary Art and Investment since 2010 (renamed The Independent Critic in early 2012) about questions of curating. On the premise of exploring the unstable grounds for curating and how they shape and generate new visions and imaginaries on exhibition-making, we intend to bring together curators, artists, and critics from China and abroad to discuss issues of their practices in response to the precarious context of critical mediation and the ever-changing roles of art practitioners and institutions. Invited speakers and participants will examine the possible implications of curating and its related activities according to their respective backgrounds and areas. Aiming at building a platform for critical reflections and proactive visions, the seminar also functions as an educational platform for young practitioners in China, where on-site responses and discussions are encouraged as an active way of participation and self-education. On the very nexus of current changes, the registration and sharing of the diverse approaches of self-historicization, exhibition-making, and institutionalization beyond geo-political regions and circuits have become more than urgent.

Day 1: Inhabiting No Man’s Land; Self-historicization and Proactive Parasitism
Monday, 2 July 2012

10–12 Keynote Speech & Panel
Speakers: Biljana Ciric (Independent Curator and Critic), Liu Ding (Artist and Curator), Richer Streitmatter-Tran and Le Thi Tuong Vi (Artist, Critic, and Founder of Dia/Project).
Moderated by Nikita Yingqian Cai.

14:30–16:30 Roundtable Discussion
The above speakers and Shen Boliang (Contributor of ARTINFOCHINA), Zhang Peili (Artist), Hu Yu (Artist, PDF publishing team member).
Moderated by Carol Yinghua Lu.

Day 2: Image the Otherwise; The Speculative Construct of Institutions
Tuesday, 3 July 2012

10–12 Keynote Speech & Panel
Simon Sheikh (Curator and Critic), Wang Huangsheng (Director of CAFAM), Vivian Ziherl (Independent Curator and Critic, on behalf of Ann Demeester, Director of de Appel arts centre).
Moderated by Carol Yinghua Lu.

14:30–16:30 Roundtable Discussion
The above speakers and Nikita Yingqian Cai (Curator of Guangdong Times Museum), Cosmin Continas (Executive Director/Curator of Para/Site), Vivian Ting Wing Yan (Assistant Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University).
Moderated by Biljana Ciric.

Day 3: From Orphan to Agent; The Anarchical Structure of Exhibition Making
Wednesday, 4 July 2012

10–12 Keynote Speech & Panel
Speakers: Anselm Franke (Curator of Taipei Biennial 2012), Huang Zhuan (Executive Director of OCT and Critic), Wu Tsang (Artist and Filmmaker).
Moderated by Biljana Ciric.

14:30–16 Roundtable Discussion
The above speakers and Aimee Lin (Deputy Editorial Director of LEAP magazine), Carol Yinghua Lu (Curator and Critic), Gong Jian (Artist).
Moderated by Nikita Yingqian Cai.

16:15–17 Introduction/Conversation about de Appel’s Curatorial and Galleries Programmes by Vivian Ziherl.

17:05–17:30 Closing Remarks & pre-announcement of book series on curating produced by Guangdong Times Museum.



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