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Asia Art Archive

Archive-It Partner Since: Nov, 2015

Organization Type: Museums & Art Libraries

Organization URL: http://www.aaa.org.hk/   

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36Calendars

Archived since: Jan, 2016

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Conceived and initiated during his residency at Asia Art Archive in October 2011 and January 2012, Beijing-based artist Song Dong spent more than a year to realise his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, 'Song Dong: 36 Calendars'. This ambitious participatory project involved the re-writing of the last 36 years of history (1978-2013) from his personal perspective in the form of 36 years of hand-drawn, wire-bound annual household wall calendars. Each of the 432 months was accompanied by a sketch of a significant historical event, relaying Song's long-time interest in socio-political history, individual experience, and art history. During the exhibition opening on 21 January 2013, the artist invited over 400 members of the public to collaborate with him to complete the project by adding, changing, or editing individual months according to their own memories of historical events. Alongside Song's version of the calendar, participants' creations added another layer to the artwork, on display throughout the exhibition period. This exhibition was co-presented by Asia Art Archive (AAA) and Mobile M+ of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority at ArtisTree, TaiKoo Place, Island East in Hong Kong from 22 January to 8 February 2013. 關於 > 簡介 此項目的概念源於2011年10月及2012年1月在文獻庫的駐場計劃,駐北京藝術家宋冬以超過一年的時間籌備於香港舉辦的首個個展《宋冬:三十六 曆》。於這個龐大項目中,他以手繪的家居鐵線圈掛曆,重寫記憶中過去36年(1978-2013)的歷史。這432個月中,每一個月份他都繪畫一件重大的歷史事件,反映了藝術家對社會政治歷史、個人經驗以及藝術史等議題的長期關注。於2013年1月21日展覽開幕當日,藝術家邀請了超過400位公眾,按個人經歷增刪補改掛曆的內容。展覽分別展出宋冬原初的版本,以及經公眾參與修改的另一版本。是次展覽由亞洲藝術文獻庫(文獻庫)與西九文化區管理局M+進行合辦於香港太古坊 ArtisTree 舉行,展期為2013年1月22日至2月8日。

Subject:   Arts & Humanities Universities & Libraries

Asia Art Archive

Archived since: Jun, 2017

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Asia Art Archive (Old)

Archived since: Jan, 2016

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Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA is a point of convergence for critical thinking and dialogue and a proactive platform for diverse public, educational, and residential programmes for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA’s commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, existing not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.

Subject:   Arts & Humanities Universities & Libraries

Asia Art Archive in America

Archived since: Jan, 2016

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Asia Art Archive in America website

Subject:   Arts & Humanities Universities & Libraries

Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990

Archived since: Jan, 2016

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Despite the unusual speed with which contemporary art has developed in China over the last 25 years, a comprehensive independent archiving platform has yet to exist. Though these years have produced an abundance of art, and with it an abundance of documentary materials, many of the most important art publications and critical writings, especially those from the 1980s, are difficult to find. A lack of any systematic collection and organization of documentary information has meant that materials exist sporadically among individuals, primarily the artists and curators active in contemporary Chinese art in recent decades.

Asia Art Archive believes it is important to locate and preserve these materials to acknowledge the history of contemporary art in China and to facilitate future research and critical writing. As an organization dedicated to collecting and documenting materials relating to contemporary Asian art, AAA has undertaken the project Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990.

Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990 has four components:

1) The first is an urgent drive to preserve and make accessible valuable material from the 1980s. AAA has been collecting periodicals, newspaper clippings, photographs, video recordings, exhibition catalogues, invitations, correspondence and other materials that relate to the development of contemporary art in China during this decade. It has acquired hundreds of texts published in the 1980s and digitized the personal archives of renowned artists and curators, resulting in a total of over 70,000 digital documents. Much of this material is available on-site at AAA’s library in Hong Kong, where all are welcome to visit. 2) To complement existing material, AAA has conducted in-depth interviews with over 75 key individuals from the contemporary Chinese art world of the 1980s, including artists, critics and curators. Unedited versions of these interviews are accessible on-site at AAA in Hong Kong and selected excerpts online at the project’s website. 3) AAA has used footage from 14 interviews to create a 50-minute documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangdong) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Cantonese Contemporary Art in the 1980s. This special documentary captures the unique perspectives of many of those involved during this seminal time. 4) And finally, the project culminates in a comprehensive bilingual (Chinese/English) website, which presents the most significant material gathered for the project. With its chronologies, bibliographies and links to other resources in the field, the website aims to become the most important publicly accessible resource for this creative period in Chinese art history.

Subject:   Arts & Humanities Universities & Libraries

comparative contemporaries

Archived since: Jan, 2016

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Comparative Contemporaries is a web anthology project that brings together art writing from across Asia. The project begins with Southeast Asia and with five editors who each have selected what they believe are key texts of art writing from or for this part of the world. Their selections are reprinted here, as well as their introductions (see menu on the right). Over time, new editors and their “proto-anthologies” will be added to the website. Far from attempting to establish a canon of authors, the aim of Comparative Contemporaries is to generate a community of writers, researchers, curators, artists and readers engaged in debating and discussing contemporary art and art writing from Asia. An important feature of the website is the discussions forum, where readers comment on the selections and texts gathered here, as well as reflect on the larger themes and purposes of the project. Comparative Contemporaries had its beginnings as a symposium and workshop organised at The Substation arts centre in Singapore in 2003. The website is presented in collaboration with the Asia Art Archive.

Subject:   Arts & Humanities Universities & Libraries

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