Orbiting Asia: Contemporary Asian Art in Transnational Spaces

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Orbiting Asia: Contemporary Asian Art in Transnational Spaces
Stream: Art/Art History
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Pei-chun Hsieh, Binghamton University, United States (organizer, chair, presenter)
Jihan Jang, Binghamton University, United States (presenter)
Alaina Claire Feldman, Mishkin Gallery - Baruch College, City University of New York, United States (presenter)


"Can artists truly be, paradoxically, both orbital and local? If a contemporary Southeast Asian art historian’s task is to transcend the reductive, ideological frame of nationalism and its modernist fictions, a simultaneous challenge is to do so without simply replacing old narratives with a new, if more sanguine, mythology". As if a timely response to Gregory Galligan’s critique on the avant-garde oblivion in David Teh's recently published book, Thai Art: Currencies of the Contemporary, the following three papers examine how contemporary artistic productions in Asia reimagine and transcend national boundaries; furthermore, probe into minor historical materials on the diachronic axis of research.
In "Something for Nothing: Korean Contemporary Art After Democratization", Jang investigates a specific historical space produced by a new generation of Korean artist after 1987. Moving beyond the production of visual art, Hsieh delineates a genealogy of mediated female voice and installation art in postwar Taiwan and questions political identity in relation to listening and the resonance of space in her "Sonic Wall: Dissonant Nation in Chen Ting-jung's You are the only one I care about (whisper)". Finally, Feldman reflects on her curatorial experience at Independent Curators International. By appropriating, "outernationally", a term coined by Paul Gilroy to describe the spaces of counter-cultures of modernity, she argues that the way touring exhibition transgress neoliberal hegemony to a outernational network that exemplifies solidarity among local researchers and practitioners across Asia and beyond.