As a highlight event of Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013, ACAC-SF present In Dialogue: Drop a Pin at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.
In Dialogue: Drop a Pin, our highlight program, features four distinctive presentation-conversations among artists, curators, writers, and scholars. Each takes as its point of departure a specific place in Asia—Hong Kong, Zhejiang, Kabul, and Xijing—of which the first three are real, and the last is fictive. Referencing the cultural implications of dropping a pin on a digital map, the daylong dialogue draws our attention to specific locations, inviting critical examinations of each speaker’s practice and the cultural and geopolitical specificities that have shaped it.
In Dialogue: Drop a Pin intends to initiate a long-term effort, in which art will play an integral role, to foreground alternative narratives of different sites in Asia while actively reexamining notions of cultural and historical specificity in a global context.
The speakers and respondents include Mariam Ghani, Inti Guerrero, Gimhongsok (of Xijing Men), James T. Hong, Leeza Ahmady, Abby Chen, Viẹt Lê, and Kristina Lee Podesva.
The program is curated by Xiaoyu Weng.
Presentation by Inti Guerrero: “A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story,” with Abby Chen responding followed by introduction by Jennifer Stein and Xiaoyu Weng.
Presentation by James T. Hong: “The Rotten leg Villages of Zhejiang Province,” with Viẹt Lê responding.
Presentation by Mariam Ghani: “Kabul: Reconstructions and Speculations,” with Leeza Ahmady responding.
Presentation by Gimhongsok: “The Story of Xijing,” with Kristina Lee Podesva responding.