Moderation(s): Asia Art Archive intervention

date datum 3 February 2013
moderation(s) at AAA

Yuk King Tan, Heman Chong, Latitudes (Mariana Cánepa Luna and Max Andrews), Mimi Brown, Chantal Wong, Nadim Abbas at Asia Art Archive. Courtesy Yuk King Tan

On 3 February 2013, a group of participants within Moderation(s) – Heman Chong, Latitudes (Mariana Cánepa Luna and Max Andrews), Nadim Abbas, Mimi Brown, Chantal Wong, and Yuk King Tan – surrendered their mobile phones, tablets and laptops, before visiting the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. They spent the next eight hours consulting the archive and engaging in multiple discussions around collectivity, time and knowledge triggered by archival resources.
The results of these processes will be present on a temporary shelf within the Asia Art Archive, where a host of bookmarks, Post-it notes, and jottings placed within books and documents will be the main protagonist in revealing the traces of an extended interpersonal conversation. 

This intervention took place during Latitudes residency at Spring, where the curatorial duo created Incidents of Travel, inviting four Hong Kong based artists – Nadim Abbas, Ho Sin Tung, Yuk King Tan and Samson Young – to develop day-long tours, thus retelling the city and each participant’s artistic concerns through personal itineraries and waypoints.


About the participants
Abbas, Nadim Nadim Abbas (b. Hong Kong, 1980) is a Hong Kong-based installation artist. His work explores the intricate role that memory-images play in the intersection between mind and matter. This has culminated in the construction of complex set pieces, where objects exist in an ambiguous relationship with their own image, and bodies succumb to the seduction of space. Abbas studied sculpture (B.A.) at the Chelsea College of Art and Comparative Literature (M.Phil.) at the University of Hong Kong. He currently holds teaching posts at the Hong Kong Art School and City University of Hong Kong. Notable exhibitions and projects include: “No Longer Human”, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong (2012); “Marine Lover”, ARTHK11, Hong Kong (2011); “Cataract”, EXPERIMENTA & Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, “FAX” Para/Site, Hong Kong (both 2010); and “Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation – The Hong Kong Seven”, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (2009).
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Brown, Mimi Mimi Brown is the founder and director of Spring Workshop in Hong Kong, a non-profit art space dedicated to enabling the artistic process. She is a dedicated supporter of the arts community in Hong Kong, and serves as a director of Asia Art Archive and an advisor to Para/Site Art Space. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2005, Mimi Brown worked in music in New York, as well as for several non-profits in Rome and California. She holds a B.A. in Music and Comparative Religion from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
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Chong, Heman Heman Chong is an artist, curator and writer. His art practice involves an investigation into the philosophies, reasons and methods of individuals and communities imagining the future. Charged with a conceptual drive, this research is then adapted into objects, images, installations, situations or texts. The artist has developed solo exhibitions at Rossi & Rossi (London), SOTA Gallery (Singapore), NUS Museum (Singapore), Kunstverein Milano (Milan), Motive Gallery (Amsterdam), Hermes Third Floor (Singapore), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou), Art In General (New York), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam), The Substation (Singapore), Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin). His work has also been shown extensively in group exhibitions including San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Kroeller-Muller Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Nam June Paik Art Center, Gertrude Contemporary, Arnolfini, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Hamburger Bahnhof, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kadist Art Foundation, Daejeon Museum of Art.
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Latitudes Latitudes is an independent curatorial office initiated in April 2005 by Max Andrews (b. Bath, 1975) and Mariana Cánepa Luna (b. Montevideo, 1977), that works in an international context from and in Barcelona, Spain. It initiates and develops contemporary art projects in association with institutions and collaborates with artists in productions encompassing a range of organisational forms and scales: genres of display and presentation; editorial practice and publication; forms of assembly, hosting and programming; as well as theoretical and interpretative contexts. Recent projects include “Lawrence Weiner – The Crest of a Wave”, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona (2008); “Portscapes”, Rotterdam (2009) and “No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents”, X Initiative, New York, and Tate Modern, London, (2009 and 2010). Latitudes was a partner organisation in “The Last Newspaper” at the New Museum, New York (2010–11), and was the guest curator of “Amikejo”, MUSAC, León (2011).
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Tan, Yuk King Yuk King Tan (China/New Zealand) is an artist who lives and works in Hong Kong, negotiating issues such as bi-cultural and multi-cultural identity within a constantly evolving post-colonial society. Her work, which includes detailed drawings in ash and smoke residue, exploding fire cracker installations, photographs taken from rockets, and a giant cardboard HSBC lion pushed through the streets of Hong Kong, is often poetic and frequently suggestive, connecting highly different subject-matters and mediums. The meta-themes in the artist’s work unveil interests in cultural delineations, global migration, and a personal relationship to world-defining issues such as value and economy. Yuk King Tan has had major solo and group exhibitions, most notably at the Camden Arts Centre, London; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Kunstverein, Hamburg; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand; Hong Kong Arts Centre; and Artists Space, New York. She has held residencies at Dunedin, New Plymouth, Queensland, Aachen, Sydney, and London and has participated in international biennials in Queensland, Vilnius, Auckland, and São Paulo. She graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, New Zealand in 1993. She has taught and lectured at graduate and post-graduate art schools. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
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About the collaborators
Asia Art ArchiveAAA logo Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, Asia Art Archive 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.
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Spring Workshop Spring is a non-profit arts space committed to an international cross-disciplinary program of artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, music, film and talks. Anchored in the Wong Chuk Hang industrial neighborhood of Hong Kong and opened in its current layout in August 2012, Spring serves as a platform and laboratory for exchange between the vibrant artists and organizations that define Hong Kong’s rich cultural landscape and the emerging and established artists and organizations around the world that seek to engage in far-reaching dialogue.
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