The world did not end on December 21, 2012. In fact, the world has moved on as normal, and on January 21st, 2013, celebrated Mainland Artist, Song Dong, fresh from his show at dOCUMENTA (13) in Germany, will be launching one of his biggest works to date and first solo show in Hong Kong to address the apocalypse and the lack there of. The exhibit is in cooperation with ArtisTree, M+, and the Asia Art Archive (AAA). The artist with 432 members of the public will stage a participatory performance piece manipulating 36 hand drawn wire bound annual household wall calendars. Song Dong’s interest lies in the investigation of socio-political issues and art within the context of history, specifically the last 36 years of history. The outcome? You’ll just have to go and see it.
From Claire Hsu, Executive Director of the AAA:



Song Dong’s 36 Calendars emerges out of the potential of the archive as a platform to re-think history and memory, both through the individual voice and as a community. ‘AAA’s partnership with M+ signals an exciting direction towards the kind of exhibitions that the Hong Kong public can experience in the future. It serves as an example of the importance of cultural institutions working together towards achieving the common goal of bringing art to as wide an audience as possible.




Doing Nothing Garden 2010-12, Song Dong. (via DOCUMENTA13)
ART Song Dong’s 36 Calendars 
JJ.

The world did not end on December 21, 2012. In fact, the world has moved on as normal, and on January 21st, 2013, celebrated Mainland Artist, Song Dong, fresh from his show at dOCUMENTA (13) in Germany, will be launching one of his biggest works to date and first solo show in Hong Kong to address the apocalypse and the lack there of. The exhibit is in cooperation with ArtisTreeM+, and the Asia Art Archive (AAA). The artist with 432 members of the public will stage a participatory performance piece manipulating 36 hand drawn wire bound annual household wall calendars. Song Dong’s interest lies in the investigation of socio-political issues and art within the context of history, specifically the last 36 years of history. The outcome? You’ll just have to go and see it.

From Claire Hsu, Executive Director of the AAA:

Song Dong’s 36 Calendars emerges out of the potential of the archive as a platform to re-think history and memory, both through the individual voice and as a community. ‘AAA’s partnership with M+ signals an exciting direction towards the kind of exhibitions that the Hong Kong public can experience in the future. It serves as an example of the importance of cultural institutions working together towards achieving the common goal of bringing art to as wide an audience as possible.

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Doing Nothing Garden 2010-12, Song Dong. (via DOCUMENTA13)

ART Song Dong’s 36 Calendars 

JJ.

Urban Reveries; My Top 5 Favorite Works at This Year’s AAA Fundraiser

Non-profit Art organization, Asia Art Archives (AAA) ultimate aim is to raise $6.5Million US for their endowment in order to continue their core work in Hong Kong, which is to archive and accumulate works, stories, and idedas as it relates to Asia’s contemporary art in the new millennium.

85% of their archive is donated material, and whether it be online or their physical space in Sheung Wan, all materials are free and open to the public to access. Starting today you too can support AAA as well as own a piece of work by any one of Asia’s hottest contemporary artists to date via the Archives’ Annual Fundraiser 2012. Proceeds of the pieces at auction can be bid online or bid live depending on the block for each work. All pieces for auction go on exhibit starting today at Sotheby’s One Pacific Place from 10AM to 5:30PM. Preview ends on the 23rd and live auction is this Saturday, November 24th. 

Check out my Top 5 Favorite works on the Auction block.

+ Dream 2007 No. 8 / JING Kewen / Lithograph, 65 x 65cm (SILENT LOT 37)

Jing Kewen’s works have been exhibited prominently in Europe and the United States. Primarily using Oil as his main medium, Jing Kewen’s very formal approach to painting often depict young figures amidst city scapes and architectures, using old 1950s photographs as a jumping off point. It’s not really political as it is aiming towards iconic romance.

+ Lanwei20 Tomorrow’s Resort Taipei, 2009 / anothermountainman (Stanley Wong) / Archival Inkjet Print / 109.2 x 174 CM (LIVE LOT 9)

 

Lan Wei reflects Stanley Wong’s obsessions with mankind’s abandoned construction projects when the economic bubble bursted in Asia in the mid 1990’s. This study, which began in China in 2006, has spread to documentation of other equally haunting ghost sites in the region such as Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. 

+ Al Gubaiba, 2012 / Joao Vasco Paiva / Acrylic and Offset Print on Canvas / 60 x 60 x 2 CM (SILENT LOT 68)

Joao Vasco Paiva is a Portuguese artist who has actively been producing great work from Hong Kong since he moved to the city in 2006. This particular painting reflects his formal studies in 2D and 3D which lean towards symbols, shapes, and topographies with an architectural implication. For example he took the Al Gubaiba (DUBAI) Subway Map and removed it of lines, text, and content, whats left is an alternate reading of the same subject matter via new form. His aim is to create or reveal a new facet of information from his urban studies.

+ Gloucester & Gloucester, 2001 printed in 2012 / LEUNG Chi Wo / C-Print / 35.5 x 55cm (SILENT LOT 47)

Co-founder of Para/Site Art Space, Leung Chi Wo is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent independent art figures. Leung Chi Wo usually works with Hong Kong as the main subject of his works, questioning history and identity through text and photography. This work is an offshoot of the artist’s Colour Series (1999-2003) and deals with perception of the urban space through the photographic capture and subsequent tweaking of the composition. 

+ Light Year No.9, 2006 / LIU Wei / Oil and Acrylic Paint on Metal Plate / 80 x 80cm (LIVE LOT 11)

Beijing born Liu Wei was recently named Artist of the Year in 2007 via the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards and showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Lyon Biannial in 2007. Since then Liu Wei has shown in the Shanghai Biennial and exhibited his first show in London via White Cube Gallery this year. Liu Wei works with multiple mediums from sculpture, to film, to installation, to print. His works touch upon the human and social condition via dream figures and fantastical narratives.

Do you see a common thread in all the work above? Anyway, curious to know what your favorite pieces are in the auction. Check it out at the preview, and let me know!

SUPPORT AAA Fundraiser 2012 / Preview 20-23 November and Auction 24 November at Sotheby’s 5F One Pacific Place, Admiralty HK.

JJ.

Asia Art Archive Launches Collection Online For Free To The Public, This Week

Art on theWanderlister+ by Natasha Kaye Whiffin

(via Asia Art Archive)

Hong Kong based non-profit organization Asia Art Archive (AAA) launched their new website and online collection Wednesday to much anticipation. The archive’s primary initiative is to facilitate understanding, research and writing in the field of contemporary art in Asia and they’re currently working towards further making public their impressive collection of the past 4 years. Over 3,000 items including images, video documentation and primary source materials are now available on the new online platform free of charge.

Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram  (via Asia Art Archive)

As part of the organizations continuing efforts to document and digitize otherwise unseen and unavailable materials, the digital collection management team headed up by Jamie Hsu work behind the scenes to build the infrastructure for the constantly evolving database of over 34,000 records. “With the launch of Collection Online, it is the first time that AAA is providing immediate content that can be accessed at any time and place.” Hsu said. The main goal in developing the website interface was to “provide an in-depth and direct browsing experience” which “encourage interpretive research”.

Fine Arts in China (中國美術報) AAA hold the complete series of the weekly art newspaper published in Beijing between 1985 and 1989. (via Asia Art Archive)

Head of strategy and special projects, Chantal Wong notes that the platform is also a space to host the archives research initiatives, such as the newly launched e-journal Field Notes. “We are really excited (to launch the journal), It is an opportunity to invite experts, scholars, curators, artists, thinkers, archivists across disciplines to share their thoughts and debate”.

The inaugural issue asked 40 contributors ‘to consider the notion of the contemporary in art – within the context of Asia.”

Asia Art Archive Backroom Conversations, ARTHK12 (via Asia Art Archive)

 

In todays digital world concepts of knowledge transfer are constantly being re-assessed and AAA’s Executive Director, Claire Hsu hopes to address this with the new website. “There is a significant shift in the way information is presented in the new site”, she said, “not only is there more material, but it is carefully interlinked; we hope users will be able to navigate it in ways that will be more personally useful.”

(via Asia Art Archive)

Looking ahead, AAA will be focused on increasing digital access to the information in its collection as it partners up with U.S image database organization ArtStor, as well as Indonesian based Visual Art Archive (IVAA), recognizing needs to collaborate with other institutions the archive will continue on in their efforts to make public fundamental information.

AVAILABLE NOW VIA ASIA ART ARCHIVE ONLINE:

AAA Special Collections -  A digitization of unseen primary materials including the personal archives of indian art collective and duo Geeta Kapur and Vivian Sundaram, documentation from renowned Filipino artists and curator, Roberto Chabet and the ongoing Contemporary Chinese Art collections Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990 which includes The Mao Xuhui Collection, The Zhang Peili Collection and The Zhang Xiaogang Collection.

Field Notes - The tri-annual bi-lingual journal brings together texts from leading scholars, critics and artists in a range of fields, its first edition The And: An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary addresses notions of the ‘contemporary in art’. Available for download here: http://www.aaa.org.hk/FieldNotes/Current

For more information, contact Kennis Lai, Head of Communication at kennis@aaa.org.hk. To support Asia Art Archive’s efforts please contact Anjali Grover at anjali@aaa.org.hk / http://www.aaa.org.hk

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Natasha Kaye Whiffin is Hong Kong born, former Londoner specialising in contemporary art, culture and art markets. With a BA in Photography from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, she is currently working with a Hong Kong based contemporary art gallery and is an active viewer of art in its many forms. Website: www.natashawhiffin.com / Twitter: @nwhiffin  / natasha.whiffin@gmail.com

Annual Fundraiser for Asia Art Archive, This Week. Previews Start Monday. Auction on Saturday.

The first time I met the insanely cool Natasha K. Whiffin was on Twitter while I was covering ArtHK11 back in May. There was supposed to be a Tweetup amongst the group (3 of us) covering ArtHK11 during that time, but while the other one, the HEART FAIRS BLOG’s Suraya Warden, showed up, Natasha was nowhere to be found, then she went back to England. Now Natasha is back, and we actually met in person several times since she’s been back to Hong Kong, taking on a position at the Asia Art Archive (AAA) (amongst other things) aiming to be really active promoting Hong Kong’s evolving art machine, via new media channels.

Asia Art Archive’s, Natasha at 10 Chancery Lane, Suzie Wong show a few months ago.

There always seems to be something going on with the Asia Art Archive, and recently they just hosted artist friend, Yuk King Tan, for a talk and a discussion on her works at the end of last October. Yuk King’s talk is just one of the many programs that the Asia Art Archive hosts in order to bridge the gap between the Asia’s art world and public education through the collection and archiving of works and the hosting of forums both in public and online. And now its time for you to help the Asia Art Archive!

Yuk King also at 10 Chancery Lane.

This week, more than 60 works from artists like sculptor Nadim Abbas, painter Simon Birch, Philippine National Artist Roberto Chabet, Chinese Artists Cao Fei and Wang Keping, all artists I’ve highlighted on this blog, will be donating their works directly or via their galleries to help raise funds for the Asia Art Archive through an auction. The AAA will host a dinner + preview at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in Admiralty this week, ending with an auction on Saturday at the China Club on Saturday. And yes… Murakami’s FLOWER series will be available at this auction full of significant works.

From AAA Executive Director Claire Hsu:

One of AAA’s priorities in the past few years has been working toward making our collection more accessible to the public. In 2010, we began work on a new website which will launch in spring 2012 along with the Collection Online, a new database platform which will gradually make as much of AAA’s collection as possible publicly accessible globally well into the future.

Preview is open to the public, but Auction at China Club is by invitation only. If you’re interested in either email the email shown below. Sound good? Get art AND help a great cause.

AAA Asia Art Archive Annual Fundraiser 2011 / Preview Period: 14-18 November 9:30 AM-6PM / Sotheby’s, Suites 3101-3106, 31F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong / email: fundraiser@aaa.org.hk / web: www.aaa.org.hk/fundraiser2011

JJ.

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