Conference: Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art

Goangming Yuan, Before Memory (detail), four channel video installation, 6:43 min
Goangming Yuan, Before Memory (detail), four channel video installation, 6:43 min

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Presented by the Australian Consortium on Asian Art, this conference addresses historical and contemporary manifestations of spatio-temporality in Asian art. It results from an understanding of sustained trajectories of spatio-temporal practices in various art traditions in the Asian region. In addition to the relatively recent international visibility of ‘new media’ art, there are pronounced instances of time and space being addressed together in various art traditions in across the Asian region, ranging from the murals of Ajanta and Dun Huang (Mogao) to contemporary video installations.

The conference accommodates a broad interpretation of the theme, thinking about ‘moving image cultures’ as ways of comprehending and representing time in space. We are interested in understanding the moving image in Asian art as not being restricted to cinematic or digital domains, but claiming deeper historical developments through various two-, three- and four-dimensional practices. Potentials of ‘moving image’ practices and theorisations to rearticulate relationships between the past, present and future are a central consideration for this conference. The program features the participation of invited international including artists, curators and art historians.

The conference will commence with the formal opening of Zhang Peili’s exhibition at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at 6pm, 26 August. Saturday and Sunday sessions will be held at the Sir Roland Wilson Building (#120) on McCoy Circuit, ANU.


$120.00 AUD - professional (includes conference program, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch on 27 and 28 August).
$60.00 AUD - concession
Currently enrolled students may attend conference sessions free of cost on presentation of student ID.

To register for the conference, click here.


Chaitanya Sambrani (School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU)

Olivier Krischer (Australian Centre on China in the World, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU)

Invited international speakers

Katherine Grube

Doctoral researcher, Department of East Asian Studies, New York University, USA.
Katherine Grube’s research interests span critical and cultural theory and art history, with an emphasis on contemporary Chinese art. Her current research focuses on the impact of the moving image on artistic practices in China

Archana Hande

Independent artist and media professional, Mumbai, India.
Archana Hande’s work has dealt with traditional as well as contemporary interpretations of space and time. Her work reflects on the experience of rapid urbanization with a concern for “minor” narratives and submerged histories.

Omuka Toshiharu

Professor of Art History, Faculty of Art & Design, University of Tsukuba, Japan. One of the foremost experts on modern Japanese art, his recent books and research projects address the role of art in Imperial Japan, artistic interactions between Far Eastern Russia and Japan in the 1910s and 1920s, and the formation of an art audience in modern Japan.

Yuan Goang-Ming

Associate Professor at Graduate School of Art and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.
Yuan Goang-Ming is an internationally renowned media arts practitioner and a major figure in Taiwanese contemporary art. His photographic and multi-media works have been exhibited widely.

Zhang Peili

Associate Professor, China Art Academy, Hangzhou & Director, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China.
Zhang Peili has been a practitioner and educator in diverse media and is considered a pioneer of video art in China. His work has been featured in major exhibitions in China and Internationally.

David Teh

Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.
Dr. David Teh’s research concentrates on the visual cultures of Southeast Asia with special emphasis on video and other non-traditional media in contemporary art and film. He has recently completed a monograph on Thai contemporary art which will be published in 2017.

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