RSVP: ACAW-SF 2014 Symposium – An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist

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The symposium borrows its title from Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović’s 1994 embroidery on banner work, An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist, which sarcastically comments on the English-dominated art world circle. Artists, writers, critics, scholars, educators, and translators present their recent projects and researches that seek to explore how the role of language, notions and issues of translation and mistranslation, interpretation and misinterpretation, and their philosophies interact with each other in art and cultural productions, in the special context of Asia.

Today, artists and curators are actively playing the role of the interpreter, translating between images and texts of the historical and cultural materials. What matters the most is how to make relevant and meaningful these practices that truly challenge the cultural stereotypes and social conventions.

Three distinctive panels are composed of a series of presentation-conversations by speakers include Lee Ambrozy, Kota Ezawa, Taraneh Hemami, An Xiao Mina, Ranu Mukherjee, Stephanie Syjuco, Sergio de la Torre, Xiaoze Xie, and Xu Tan.


September 20, 2014
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

RSVP here.


Presentation Schedule:

2:00 pm Opening remarks by Xiaoyu Weng
2:30 pm Panel 1, presentation by Stephanie Syjuco, Ranu Mukherjee and Taraneh Hemami
4:00 pm Panel 2, presentation by Lee Ambrozy, Xu Tan and Sergio de la Torre
5:30 pm Panel 3, presentation by An Xiao Mina, Kota Ezawa and Xiaoze Xie


Supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant Program through an Organization Project Grant.

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Videos from Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013, In Dialogue: Drop a Pin, September 21, 2013

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.

PART 1
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.

PART 2
Presentation by James T. Hong: “The Rotten leg Villages of Zhejiang Province,” with Viẹt Lê responding.

PART 3
Presentation by Mariam Ghani: “Kabul: Reconstructions and Speculations,” with Leeza Ahmady responding.

PART 4
Presentation by Gimhongsok: “The Story of Xijing,” with Kristina Lee Podesva responding.

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Exhibitions from Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013

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Yang Fudong: East of Que Village, 2007; installation view; 6-channel video installation, filmed with HDV, black and white, sound; 20:50 min; courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York, and ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai/Beijing/Singapore. Photo: Sibila Savage.

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Yang Fudong: Tonight Moon, 2000; installation view; multi-channel video installation (1 projected image, 24 LCD screen=s, 6 monitors), color and black and white, sound; 10 min; collection Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium, and Collection Eric X. Li (AB (1990) and Mrs. Li, Shanghai. Photo: Sibila Savage.

Chinese Culture Center – The Curiosity Box
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installation view

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works by Tetsuya Noda

Ever Gold Gallery – Sandy Kim
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Courtesy of the artist and Ever Gold Gallery

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installation view

Gallery Paule Anglim – Transience
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Gallery Paule Anglim – Xiaoze Xie: Transience
Courtesy and credits Gallery Paule Anglim

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Gallery Paule Anglim – Xiaoze Xie: Transience
Courtesy and credits Gallery Paule Anglim

Gallery Wendi Norris – Tomoko Komike: Earthshine
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Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris

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Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris

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Masatoyo Kishi, ‘Opus No. 59-65′, 1959, oil on canvas, 50 x 75″, Framed Dimensions: 51 x 76”, courtesy and credits Hackett | Mill, San Francisco, CA

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Artist in Residence: Creative Works from the Residents of EBALDC, installation view

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Artist in Residence: Creative Works from the Residents of EBALDC, installation view

San Jose Museum – Jitish Kallat: Epilogue
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Credits and courtesy Noriko Slusser

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Credits and courtesy Noriko Slusser

San Jose Museum – Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu
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Credits and Courtesy San Jose Museum of Art

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Credits and Courtesy San Jose Museum of Art

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) - Migrating Identities
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Courtesy YBCA and John White/Phocasso – Work by Yamini Nayer

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Courtesy YBCA and John White/Phocasso – Work by Ala Ebtekar

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Pictures from Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: A CONVERSATION WITH FUJIKO NAKAYA @ EXPLORATORIUM

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Left to right: Marina McDougall and Fujiko Nakaya


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: VISION OF URBAN CHANGE IN CHINA: A CONVERSATION WITH DANIEL BROOK AND HU FANG (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ BAM/PFA

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Left to right: Hu Fang and Daniel Brook

MUSIC PERFORMANCE – VAK: SONG OF BECOMING @YBCA

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: IN DIALOGUE: DROP A PIN (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ WATTIS

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James T. Hong presenting, The Rotten Leg Villages of Zhejiang Province, with Viẹt Lê responding

IN CONVERSATION: YANAGI SOETSU COMES HERE, WITHOUT INVITATION (ACAW-HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ KADIST

FILM SCREENING – HISTORY OF HISTORIES (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ WATTIS

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SYMPOSIUM – E.A.T / CYBERNETIC SERENDIPITY @ EXPLORATORIUM

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Left to right: You Nakai, Wilm Thoben, Elsa Garmire, and Julie Martin on E.A.T. & Architectures of Participation


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: INTERMEDIA PERSPECTIVES IN ASIAN AND ASIAN-AMERICAN ART @ ARTS RESEARCH CENTER

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Philip Kan Gotanda (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) talks about The Jamaican Wash Project

PRIVATE EVENT – FALL CELEBRATION FOR BEAUTY REVEALED: IMAGES OF WOMEN IN QING DYNASTY CHINESE PAINTING and YANG FUDONG: ESTRANGED PARADISE, WORKS 1993-2013 @ BAM/PFA

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: ALTER-CIRCUIT: VIRLANI HALLBERG (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ ET AL. GALLERY

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FILM SCREENING – THE FILMS OF UKICHIRO NAKAYA @ EXPLORATORIUM

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: CAAM, MEMORIES TO LIGHT: ASIAN AMERICAN HOME MOVIE NIGHT @ ASIAN ART MUSEUM

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Highlight Programs – Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013

Last September, from the 19th to the 26th, the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC) held the second edition of the Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) in the San Francisco Bay Area. During eight lively days, ACAC partnered with 19 cultural institutions to organize 27 programs in multiple venues across the Bay Area. These exhibitions, screenings, conferences, talks and performances featured an international group of artists from over 10 different countries, and documentation pictures are now available online!


09.20.13 / VISION OF URBAN CHANGE IN CHINA: A CONVERSATION WITH DANIEL BROOK AND HU FANG (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ BAM/PFA
Journalist Daniel Brook and Guangzhou-based writer and curator Hu Fang presented their latest books and discussed historical and fictional visions of Chinese urbanization during a conversation at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Entitled Visions of Urban Change in China: A Conversation with Daniel Brook and Hu Fang, this highlight program of the ACAW 2013 was a collaboration between the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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Hu Fang and Daniel Brook

Visions of Urban Change in China: Daniel Brook and Hu Fang in Conversation, September 20, 2013
Philippe Pirotte, adjunct senior curator at BAM/PFA, asking questions


09. 21. 13 / IN DIALOGUE: DROP A PIN (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ WATTIS
This year’s centerpiece of the Asian Contemporary Art Week, and one of the five highlight programs, was the daylong presentations-conversations In Dialogue: Drop a Pin that brought four distinct panelists (curator Inti Guerrero, artists James T. Hong, Mariam Ghani, and Gimhongsok) to the Bay Area. Focusing consequently on each speaker’s practice and revealing the geopolitical specificities that have shaped it, the conversations participated in an overall discussion reflecting on the generalizing of globalization and the oversight of individual localities.

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Abby Chen and Inti Guerrero

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Presentation by Inti Guerrero: “A Journey of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story,” with Abby Chen responding

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Presentation by James T. Hong: “The Rotten Leg Villages of Zhejiang Province,” with Viẹt Lê responding

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Presentation by Mariam Ghani: “Kabul: Reconstructions and Speculations,” with Leeza Ahmady responding

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Presentation by Gimhongsok: “The Story of Xijing,” with Kristina Lee Podesva responding


09. 21. 13 / IN CONVERSATION: YANAGI SOETSU COMES HERE, WITHOUT INVITATION (ACAW-HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ KADIST
The Asian Contemporary Art Week highlight program In Conversation: Yanagi Sōetsu Comes Here, without Invitation featured a discussion between artist Koki Tanaka and curator and writer Hu Fang at the Kadist Art Foundation. Tanaka and Hu discussed the creation of Tanaka’s work a pottery produced by 5 potters at once (silent attempt) (2013), currently on view at the Japanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.


09. 21. 13 / FILM SCREENING – HISTORY OF HISTORIES (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ WATTIS
Artist Mariam Ghani and independent curator Leeza Ahmady guest curated and introduced the film screening History of Histories: 50 Years of Afghan Films at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. This highlight program of the Asian Contemporary Art Week featured contemporary Afghan shorts and selections drawn from the ongoing digitization project in the archive of Afghan Films, Afghanistan’s national film institute (operated from 1967 to 1996).

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09. 25. 13 / ALTER-CIRCUIT: VIRLANI HALLBERG (ACAW-SF HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM) @ ET AL. GALLERY
In collaboration with Et. al, a project-based gallery in San Francisco, the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium and the Asian Contemporary Art Week 2013 launched Alter-Circuit, a new initiative focusing on diasporic practices in which identity is always in a state of change and synthesis. Debuting with artist Virlani Hallberg, Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg features the single-channel video Receding Triangular Square (RTS), a collaboration between the artist and the psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Leon Tan.

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The team setting up for the exhibition

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Mental Health and Healing Through the Lens of Taiwan’s History

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Film stills from Receding Triangle Square. (all images courtesy Et al. Gallery)

Artist and writer An Xiao published on the blog-magazine Hyperallergic a review of our art exhibition Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg on October 28th, 2013. ACAC-SF and the project-based San Francisco gallery Et. al. worked together to curate this show featuring artworks by artist Virlani Hallberg. On view is Receding Triangular Square (RTS), a single-channel video by the artist in collaboration with the psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Leon Tan, exploring alternative philosophies and practices of healing in Taiwan.

We are extremely proud to have An Xiao and Hyperallergic as reviewer of our show, Et. al. as our partner for the new Alter-Circuit initiative focusing on diasporic practices, as well as many other endeavors. To read full review click here.

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Thank you for your support!

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Thank you so much for all your support and participation for our second edition of ACAW. We were truly inspired by the passion and curiosity of our guests and can’t wait to begin plans for next year’s ACAW. Stay tuned for photos and videos!

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Volunteer Wanted!

Event Assistant for the Asian Contemporary Art Week (September 19-26, 2013)

Number of Openings: 7

Work Schedule: Variable from September Wednesday 19th to September Thursday 26th.

Hours per Week: maximum 10

Salary: Complimentary tickets and gifts

Employment Start Date: 09/17/2013

Employment End Date: 09/26/2013

 

Position Description:

The Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW-SF) is an exceptional event that will bring together 19 cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area and an international group of artists from over 10 different countries to celebrate the diversity and dynamics of Asian contemporary art practices from September 19-26. ACAW-SF 2013 will feature 27 public programs such as exhibitions, receptions, talks, film screenings, and lectures, and will connect leading galleries, museums, and cultural organizations in the Bay Area and beyond.

 On Saturday September 21st, this year’s centerpiece program, entitled “In Dialogue: Drop A Pin” will bring four distinct panelists (Inti Guerrero, James T. Hong, Mariam Ghani, and Gimhongsok) to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts to participate in a discussion reflecting on the generalizing of globalization and the oversight of individual localities. The film screening “History of Histories: 50 Years of Afghan Films” will follow the daylong presentation and extend the conversation to the cinema realm.

The Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC-SF), organizer of the ACAW-SF, is seeking Events Assistants to assist its staff during the second edition of the ACAW-SF.

THE VOLUNTEERS WILL BENEFIT FROM:

-Complementary tickets to all events of the ACAW-SF;

-Unique opportunities to meet in person international and local artists, curators, writers and scholars;

-An exceptional lively context to learn about the current state of Asian contemporary arts;

-And various other additional gifts;

 

The prospect Event Assistant Volunteers will play an essential role, integral to the success of the ACAW, in assisting with the implementation of the ACAW-SF. The candidates’ responsibilities will lie in the following areas:

-Special assistance during the ACAW-SF September 21-highlight program: installation and desinstallation, ticketing, visitors’ orientation, etc.;

-Possible orientation of ACAC-SF guests during their stay in the Bay Area;

-Documentation of ACAW-SF events and exhibitions

-Together with the ACAC-SF staff representing ACAC-SF publicly;

-Together with the ACAC-SF staff, maintaining professional and collaborative relationships with the local community, audiences and media;

 

Qualifications:

- Flexible and Responsible with good coordination and communication skills;

- Excellent oral communication skills in English;

- Knowledge and interests in Asian Contemporary arts are preferred;

- Fluency in an Asian language is a plus;

- Driver License and vehicle are a plus;

 

How to Apply:

Please email a resume and a brief statement explaining your interest in the position to Marie Martraire, at mmartraire@cca.edu

ACAC-SF is unable to accommodate phone calls.

 

Position Location:

80 Carolina Street, San Francisco, and various event venues throughout the Bay Area

 

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ACAC Writing Fellowship 2013 Finalists

We are happy to announce the list of the five finalists for the ACAC Writing Fellowship 2013. The finalists are (in alphabetical order): Sheryl Cheung, Joshua Kim, Elizabeth Parke, Heidi Rabben and Hentyle Yapp. The finalists will submit shotgun reviews for the April 9 issue of Art Practical, and the winner of the fellowship will be announced by then. Congratulations!

Thank you for entering the competition, and thank you to our jurors for your hard work, Lee Ambrozy, Joseph Del Pesco, Clair Hsu, and Pauline Yao.

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CAAMFest Group Ticket Discount

March 14, 2013 – March 24, 2013

CAAM presents CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, or SFIAAFF) every March. CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.


Groups of 10 or more qualify for group discount.
General Screenings: $9.50/ticket
Opening Night: $30 for film screening only
$43 for combo tickets, screening + gala

Please contact boxoffice@caamedia.org for more information.

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