Today's first, and the forums third session. Like yesterday, we have prepared with 3 hour workshops on the themes that will be discussed.
It has the title: No More Imagined Communities: creating new biennals beyond national art competitions and neoliberal city marketing
The speakers are Anne Szefer Karlsen, David Teh and Manuela Moscoso.
It will be moderated by Ana Paula Cohen
In her introduction, Ana Paula Cohen summarizes the conference by referring to the abstract idea of the biennale presented by Peter Osborne in the keynote. She continues with a pretty tough critique of the biennale foundation and the mechanisms behind a European funded organisation, and how this reflects the way the abstract biennale can fit perfectly in the accelerated production mode of global economy. “We are not in postcolonial time, we are rooted in colonised logic that needs to decolonised every day” she says.
David Teh's abstract and bio:
Currencies of the Contemporary: Biennials and the International in Southeast Asia
What happens to the imagined community when the paradigm of the printed word is supplanted by the new lingua franca of the electronic image, and what might this mean for art? In Southeast Asia, this transition has meant a certain internationalization, but the international here turns out to stand for a set of aspirations and delusions just as diverse as the region's 'mottled' national imaginaries. So how can we begin to historicize biennial-making in this part of the world? With reference to the current postures of Southeast Asian biennales and the national, regional and global projections they facilitate, I will argue that local and contingent histories of the international will be an important prerequisite to any history of the biennale form itself.
David Teh (Singapore/Australia) is a writer, curator, art advisor and researcher based at the National University of Singapore, specializing in Southeast Asian contemporary art. After receiving his PhD in critical theory from the University of Sydney, David worked as an independent curator and critic in Bangkok (2005-09). More recently he was co-curator of the 55. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany and the convenor of Video Vortex #7, in Indonesia, 2011. His latest exhibition, TRANSMISSION, is on show at the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok through September 2014. He is currently working on a book about Thai contemporary art, tentatively entitled Present Tense. David is also a director of Future Perfect, a new gallery and project platform in Singapore's Gillman Barracks precinct.