A PARTNERSHIP PROJECT 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
INSTALLATION, BOOKSHOP, PERFORMANCES, SCREENINGS, AND DISCUSSIONS WITH:
C&G ARTPARTMENT (HONG KONG); CRAIG COOPER (HONG KONG/UK); FRANCES HORN (BELGIUM/MEXICO); KAO JUN‐HONN (TAIWAN); LEE YEN‐YI (TAIWAN); BEATRIX PANG (HONG KONG); SHARMINI PEREIRA (SRI LANKA/USA); DAVID SENIOR (USA); RUANGRUPA & FRIENDS (INDONESIA); CHARWEI TSAI (TAIWAN/VIETNAM); HEIDI VOET (BRUSSELS/TAIPEI); JASON WEE (SINGAPORE); WHITE FUNGUS (NEW ZEALAND/TAIWAN); BRIAN KUAN WOOD (TAIWAN/USA); JUN YANG (AUSTRIA/JAPAN/TAIWAN); YULING ZHONG (HONG KONG)
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY: JOSEF BARES (CZECH REPUBLIC/HONG KONG); SHAUBA CHANG (TAIWAN); HEMAN CHONG (SINGAPORE); DANIEL HO (CHINA); LEE I‐HUA (TAIWAN); LU PEIYI (TAIWAN); JO YING PENG (TAIWAN); THE READING ROOM (THAILAND); SLAVS & TATARS (EUROASIA); NHUANG WALSH (USA/VIETNAM); AND MORE.
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.
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-organized initiatives. Central to this endeavor is the establishment of a peer network of emerging to established independent artist‐led publishers in Asia.
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 project is the subsequent Free Parking exhibition at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.