[-empyre-] Welcome to Manifest Dynasty from Edward
ra.peckham at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 04:03:24 EST 2010
Hi all, and thanks Ed for the introduction.
My interest in forms of contemporary art dealing with technology and
other aspects of new media is highly formalist and not necessarily
limited to China; my research looks at how new technological
possibilities are affecting and might further affect the art world,
from exhibition strategies to market transactions. Our office here in
Hong Kong has looked at what we call "art futures," playing with
possibilities of how digital networks decentralize curatorial
practice, particularly with regard to the commercial gallery
system--in mainland China, it would not be too much of an exaggeration
to say that this is the only viable system, as only two or three truly
nonprofit institutions exist, and in a legal grey area at that, while
most larger institutions are moribund.
Broadly speaking, I'm curious about how things like editioning and
reproduction affect how art circulates, and new media is where these
changes are currently most evident. Paired with the developing art
system status of China, we face a field in which there are many, many
liminal zones of production and circulation not bound by the strict
categories to which we are accustomed, both in the "alternative"
register and working in what superficially appear to be profit- or
market-oriented spaces. (I'm sure Ed Sanderson will be able to go into
further detail on how new media as a form intersects with such
alternative strategies as we progress.)
Many thanks for having me to the discussion this month--I've been a
longtime lurker on the list and look forward to finally getting
further into something.
Society for Experimental Cultural Production
2/F 716 Shanghai St., Mongkok, Kowloon, H.K.
+852 5181 5156
On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 6:14 PM, Edward Sanderson <ed at escdotdot.com> wrote:
> Hello -empyre-,
> Thanks for the intro Melinda and for devoting so much effort to organizing
> Manifest Dynasty.
> It's a great privilege to be part of this forum, and I'm looking forward to
> sharing our thoughts and experiences over the next few weeks. Melinda and I
> will be doing our best to ask some difficult questions to keep things
> To start with, I'll try and outline my position here. As Melinda said, I'm
> originally from the UK and came to China for the first time 3 years ago,
> just in time for the run up to the Olympics in Beijing. My focus has mainly
> been on the new media side of things (working with many artists and curators
> in this field), and in my experience this is a particularly strong niche in
> the Chinese artworld – it's obviously not as prominent as, ooh let's say
> painting, but there seems to be a ready awareness and acceptance of "new
> media" amongst artists in China over the last few generations.
> Today and on Friday I will be introducing curators, writers and artists who
> have played a leading role in developing the new media art environment here.
> I'm really looking forward to seeing how bringing them together can produce
> new routes through the potential chaos of new media art in China.
> --A note about Chinese translations--
> This discussion will primarily be in English, but we have limited
> translation services we can call upon. If anyone prefers to write in
> Chinese, before posting to the forum please send these messages to me at
> <ed at escdotdot.com> – I will get them translated and submit them on your
> behalf. Translations can usually be done overnight, if I receive them by 5pm
> (Beijing time).
> Now I'll provide introductions to the first two guests to the forum from
> this part of the world: Robin Peckham and Rebecca Catching. Robin is a
> prolific and characteristically forthright writer and curator on the art
> scenes of China and Hong Kong (and elsewhere). His knowledge of the local
> art scenes and ability to capture them in words is pretty impressive and he
> has been someone whose output I've always found insightful and helpful to my
> own understanding.
> Rebecca has consistently curated some really well thought-through shows,
> combining a whole range of media in fruitful juxtaposition. Her knowledge of
> the local art scene as well as an ability to put it into relationship with
> artists from further afield, and her support of the more experimental and
> challenging work makes OV one of the most interesting galleries in Shanghai
> – for me it's a must-see when I'm in town.
> -->Robin Peckham
> -->Shanghai/Hong Kong
> Robin Peckham is a writer and curator at the Society for Experimental
> Cultural Production based in the Pearl River Delta
> (www.kunsthallekowloon.org). Recent projects include a monograph on
> architectural practice MAP Office, a symposium on Cantonese and Taiwanese
> sound art, and an exhibition on Hong Kong "nice painting." Currently
> contributing to publications including LEAP, Artforum, Yishu, and ArtSlant,
> he has previously been affiliated with commercial space Boers-Li Gallery,
> alternative space Long March Project, performance art venue Hart Salon
> Center for the Arts, landmark sound and music venue What?!, and digital
> architecture thinktank Crystal Media Center.
> -->Rebecca Catching
> Art critic, journalist and director of Shanghai’s OV Gallery, Rebecca is
> avid China watcher. Rebecca has a background in East Asian studies and art
> history and is fluent in Mandarin. She has been following the Chinese
> cultural scene for the past eight years working as an arts & entertainment
> editor for local culture magazine that’s Shanghai and freelancing for a
> number of international publications such as Art Asia Pacific, Art Review,
> Flash Art and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Rebecca’s latest curatorial
> projects include “Make-Over” an exploration the great renovation of Shanghai
> in advance of the Expo and the issues of history, image and face which
> accompany it.
> Edward Sanderson
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