Speakers: Tobias Berger (Head of Arts, Old Bailey Galleries, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong)，Dr JJ Charlesworth (Art critic and Publisher of Art Review, London), and Carol Yinghua Lu (Independent curator and critic, Beijing)
Moderators: Sophia Hao, Edgar Schmitz
Organisers: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Cooper Gallery DJCAD, University of Dundee
In Partnership with The British Council
Located at a critical intersection of European and Chinese perspectives, the CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland exhibition programme will be refracted through the Hubs and Fictions Shanghai Forum Series: On Current Art and Imported Nearness. This series of international forums investigates how the material manifestations of the ‘global transnational’ are irretrievably intertwined with its own fictions of ‘the contemporary’, and explores which cultural and political realities determine how today’s multiple contemporaneities are instituted and disseminated.
Key international curators, institutional directors, theorists as well as the artists featured in the CURRENT exhibitions, will borrow from the inventory of filmic productions in order to address geopolitical locations as ‘settings’, protagonists as ‘characters’, narrative strategies as ‘plots’, and finally formal and aesthetic languages as ‘figures of speech’ that resonate with and intervene in the cultural and political realities they operate within.
Hubs and Fictions Shanghai Forum Series #2 - Characters: The Problem of Figure-Ground Relationships will debate how protagonists of the art world, decision makers, producers and thinkers define and are defined by the spaces they inhabit, and how they are often conditioned by the media and production formats in which they operate and circulate. Contributors include Tobias Berger (Head of Arts, Old Bailey Galleries, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong)，Dr JJ Charlesworth (Art critic and Publisher of Art Review, London), and Carol Yinghua Lu (Independent curator and critic, Beijing).
Hubs and Fictions: On Current Art and Imported Nearness is co-curated by Sophia Hao and Edgar Schmitz.
CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland is kindly supported by the British Council, The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Scottish Government, Shanghai International Culture Association and Goldsmiths College, University of London. CURRENT is a direct result of the Research and Development Trip (January 2014) funded by Creative Scotland.