Asian Art Worlds: Collectors, Curators & Critics
On September 9, 2014 Asialink Arts and the Asia Institute and presented Asian Art Worlds: Collectors, Curators & Critics. The symposium explored the critical infrastructure of the Asian art world, with a focus on Indonesia and Timor Leste. Drawing on the expertise of a group of visiting fellows from the region, the event also featured perspectives from Australian based curators, arts professionals and academics.
Discussing the structural factors that stimulate, steer or obstruct creative production, transfer and consumption in Asia,panel sessions and presentations analysed the work and impact of collectors, curators and critics. Key themes included collections, museums, galleries, auction houses, education, archives, conservation, festivals, networks, audiences, critique and historiography.
Date: Tuesday 9 September, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre level 1, Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne
Partners: Asia Institute. Funded by Arts Victoria.
SESSION 1: Collectors
Chair: Ms Lesley Alway, Director, Asialink Arts
Mr Aminudin TH Siregar, Director, Soemardja gallery, Bandung Institute of Technology
Topic: Overview of the art market and auction houses in Southeast Asia
Ms Chui Fun Ho (Selina), PhD candidate, Curator, Asia Institute
Topic: The art market and art ecology in Hong Kong
Ms Rosalia Madeira Soares, Chief Executive, Timor Aid and Ms Jacky Ximenes, Culture Program, Timor Aid
Topic: Joint presentation on art collections and programs in Timor Leste
Panel 1 from R-L: Ms Chui Fun Ho, Mr Aminudin TH Siregar, Ms Rosalia Madeira Soares, Ms Jacky Ximenes
Prof Larissa Hjorth (RMIT)
Topic: New media and rethinking art publics
Session 2: Curators
Mr Seng Yu Jin, PhD candidate Asia Institute. Senior Curator at Singapore Art Museum
Topic: Overview of curating in South East Asia.
Mr Joel Stern, Co-Director, Instrument Builders Project
Topic: Instrument Builders Project 1, 2 & 3
Ms Kelly Gellatly, Director, Ian Potter
Topic: Australian perspectives on curating Asian art within Australian institutions.
Session 3: Critics
Chair: Dr Edwin Jurriëns, Asia Institute
Antariksa, KUNCI cultural studies centre, Yogyakarta
Topics: Gaps and topics in Indonesian art history: Indonesian art during the Japanese occupation
Dr Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Jakarta Institute of Arts.
Topic: Literary and art critique in Indonesia