THE EDITORIAL is a research-led inquiry into the expanding role and network of independent contemporary art publishers in Asia and their international impact through a curated series of public events, exhibitions, and discussions.


Over the last decade, art publishing has moved beyond catalogues, magazines, artist books, and historical and philosophical writing to incorporate  current literary, research-based, and digitally-oriented in hybrid practices. Simultaneously, the apparatuses of articulating and delivering content, from art book fairs to art libraries and archives are being rethought and reshaped as 'curated' sites.

In responding to these changes, THE EDITORIAL contributes towards greater critical reflection on this rapidly growing area, paying particular attention to the connections, influences, and differences between the making, curating, editing, and writing of art through publishing. In this framework, different perspectives on independent publishing are considered, generating research through artistic and critical means while placing the distinct cultural backgrounds of different regions of Asia in a broader context. In doing so the project proposes an 'editorial aesthetics' at the nexus of contemporary art production.

The programme rethinks the conditions of publishing in the face of region specific circumstances and challenges, including the crucial role of museums, archives, and self-organised initiatives. Central to this endeavour is the establishment of a peer network of emerging to established independent artist‐led publishers in Asia.

10-11 December 2016


Taipei Fine Art Museum

The two-day programme includes public lectures and debates; publication launches with related performances, readings, and events; and a display within an Asian street market-inspired installation alongside internal workshops by and for international art publishing practitioners. Following the event will be subsequent 'Free Parking' exhibition at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

THE EDITORIAL is a partnership between the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Asia Art Archive, and the Vernacular Institute initiated by Ingrid Chu and Kit Hammonds for the 2016 Taipei Biennial.

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