Para Site is proud to present 2013 Para Site International Conference, a three-day forum that brings together a group of original thinkers, artists and curators from around the world to discuss and navigate on the spectral contemporary condition of art. The conference will present different contextual genealogies, realities of production and interpretative vocabularies and allow for their reading from the perspective of Hong Kong and its changing position in the globalized contemporary art field.
The 2013 International Conference is premised on a need to rethink the basis of international solidarity, with a special attention to the field of contemporary art, to the means it still has and the needs it now has, after the end of its phase of rapid global institutional expansion. The conference will also review a number of case studies of artistic practices in given contexts, looking closer at artistic forms and vocabularies and their complicated relationship to the historical circumstances that generate them and which they try to address.
The conference is thus organized around two broad thematic fields. On 11 and 12 April, New internationalisms after multiculturalism/Contemporary art after global expansion will feature(art historian, writer, Director of Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, and curator of the Biennale of Sydney 2004; Singapore), (curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive; Hong Kong), (art historian, writer, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at The Royal College of Art, and curator of Documenta 12; London and Berlin), (artist, curator, writer, and researcher; London), (writer, researcher, independent curator, and editor-in-chief of springerin and documenta 12 magazines; Vienna), (curator, writer, academic, director of Future Perfect; Singapore), and (curator, writer and founder of soundpocket; Hong Kong).
On 12 and 13 April,will include contributions by (artist and musician; Hong Kong), (artist and filmmaker; Stockholm), (art critic, artist and founding member of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru; Jakarta), (writer, researcher, cultural critic, curator of The Potosi Principle; Berlin), (art critic, writer and Associate Curator, MoMA; New York), (art and film critic, curator, chief editor of Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei? and co-founder of Gaze – Contemporary Art Online Magazine; Taipei), (actor, playwright, director and artist; Beirut and Berlin), (writer, researcher and curator at National University of Singapore Museum; Singapore), (writer, researcher and co-founder of the art collective CHEAP; Berlin), (writer, editor and independent curator; Jakarta), and (writer, curator, researcher at Asia Art Archive and co-founder of Observation Society, Guangzhou; Hong Kong).
The conference is free of charge to the public. Live streaming is available at Para Site’s website.
The 2013 International Conference is a Para Site project, co-presented by Asia Society, Hong Kong.
Para Site Art Space is financially supported by Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The content of this programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.