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Symposium on Asian art

From: Matt Cox <matt.cox<-at->
Date: Monday, September 16, 2013

"Tilting the World: Histories of modern and contemporary Asian art"
University of Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Friday - Saturday 29-30 November, 2013

It is my pleasure to inform you that an international symposium of
Asian art history will be held November 29-30, 2013 by the
University of Sydney in association with the Art Gallery of New
South Wales, to celebrate the career of retiring Professor John

The schedule of papers (see below) is available in PDF at the Power
Institute website:


A full programme, including abstracts, can also be downloaded from


Participation is free and open to all, so please do circulate to
interested colleagues, students and friends.

For any further details, do not hesitate to contact the convener,
Olivier Krischer <okrischer<-at->gmail<.>com> or director of the Power
Institute, Prof. Mark Ledbury <mark.ledbury<-at->sydney<.>edu<.>au>

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney.

The Power Institute in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South
Wales, is proud to present Tilting the World: Histories of Modern
and Contemporary Asian Art. Tilting the World is an ambitious
symposium, which will bring to Sydney international experts and
emerging scholars to discuss the past, present and future of Asian
art. Collectively, this symposium asks: what is at stake in the
study of modern and contemporary Asian art cultures today,
particularly as we head into what is being styled "the Asian

This significant event has been organised to honour the career of
Professor John Clark, who retires this year from the department. For
over twenty years Professor Clark has pioneered, and indeed shaped,
the field of modern and contemporary Asian art history. This has
been achieved particularly through the production of influential,
globally recognized reference texts such as Modern Asian Art(1998),
and by his direct nurturing and encouragement of several generations
of scholars and curators who are now at the forefront of this
burgeoning field. True to this spirit, the symposium looks to the
future, highlighting the vital current research being developed by
early career scholars, both in Australia and from around the world,
active as researchers, curators and critics. Tilting the World
signals the belief that new approaches to these vital aspects of
Asian cultural histories are central to understanding our world.

Reflecting an understanding of the cultural richness and complexity
of Asian modernities, the symposium features cross-disciplinary
approaches, encompassing art history, sociology, anthropology, media
and visual cultural studies, which highlight the layered richness of
cultural experience within, between and beyond nations. Keynote
speakers who have worked with Professor Clark over the years have
been invited to indicate the breadth of his research legacy. Tilting
the World is a free event, and a full list of speakers including
keynote, can be found below. Registration will open in early
September. A selection of papers will also be published after the
symposium as a peer-reviewed volume by Power Publications.

Day One
Friday, 29 November, 2013
Venue: University of Sydney, New Law School Auditorium 101

    8:45-9:15      Registration

    9:15-9:30      Welcome: Prof. Mark Ledbury
                   Director of the Power Institute

    9:30-10:50     Session 1: Negotiations
                   Sarena Abdullah
                   Universiti Sains Malaysia
                   Contesting the narrative: modern Malaysian art in
                   the early 20th century

                   Clare Veal
                   University of Sydney
                   Relativisation in Asian Photographies: the
                   Siamese case

                   Yvonne Low
                   University of Sydney
                   Circumventing gender: women artists in the early
                   art academies of modern Indonesia

    10:50-11:15    Morning tea

    11:15-12:55    Session 2: Formations

                   Nozomi Naoi
                   Harvard University
                   Beyond the 'bijin': Takehisa Yumeji at the
                   intersection of the popular and avant-garde

                   Cai Heng
                   National Art Gallery, Singapore
                   Modern and contemporary transformations of
                   Chinese ink painting

                   Michelle Wong
                   Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
                   Riding the new waves: 'Meishu Sichao' (1984-1987)
                   as platform of self-definition and

                   Natalie Seiz
                   Art Gallery of NSW
                   Artistic types across generations: descriptors of
                   difference amongst contemporary women artists in

    12:55-14:15    Lunch

    14:15-16:05    Session 3: Visions

                   Simon Soon
                   University of Sydney
                   Along other historical sightlines: landscapes as
                   condition of being

                   Kedar Vishvanathan
                   University of Sydney
                   Indian nationalism: the Bengal School and
                   Chittoprasad Bhattacharya

                   William Ray Langenbach
                   Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia; Finnish
                   Academy of Fine Arts
                   Standing still is advancing forward: nationalist
                   teleology and self-reliance in Singaporean and
                   North Korean art and performance

                   Sophie McIntyre
                   Australian National University
                   The rise of China and cross-Strait relations in
                   art from Taiwan

    16:05-16:30    Afternoon tea

    16:30-17:15    Keynote speaker: Mizusawa Tsutomu
                   Museum of Modern Art Hayama, Kamakura, Japan
                   Depicting the City: Fragmented Memory, Reality
                   and Future: the example of modern Japanese art

    17:30          Reception

Day 2
Saturday 30 November, 2013
Venue morning: Old Law School Assembly Hall, Sydney CBD
Venue afternoon: Art Gallery of New South Wales main lecture theatre

    9:15-11:00     Session 4
                   Challenging Traditions

                   Rhiannon Paget
                   University of Sydney
                   Being old fashioned in modern Japan: the making
                   of a platform and an audience for literati
                   painting ('nanga') in the early 20th century

                   Hsieh Shih-ying
                   National Museum of History, Taipei
                   The negotiation with modernity: Taiwanese temple
                   painter Pan Chunyuan of the Japanese period

                   Phoebe Scott
                   National Art Gallery, Singapore
                   Representing worlds in transition: on two early
                   examples of modern Vietnamese art

                   Changkyu Lee
                   State University of New York
                   Sacred possession and eternal consumption: the
                   spiritual reconciliation of Islamic painting in
                   Southeast Asia

    11:00-11:15    Morning tea

    11:15-12:15    Special Session:
                   Asia-Australia artistic engagement in practice

                   John Young, visual artist, Melbourne
                   Kim Machan, curator and director of Media Art
                   Asia Pacific, Brisbane

    12:15-13:30    Lunch

    13.30          Move to Art Gallery of New South Wales, main
                   lecture theatre


    13:40-15:30    Session 5

                   Reiko Tomii
                   Independent scholar, New York
                   When Martians came to Tokyo: an origin of Gutai

                   Anne Kirker
                   Queensland College of Art and Griffith University
                   Counterpointing the 'hanga' (prints) of Noda
                   Tetsuya and Shimada Yoshiko

                   Juliane Noth
                   Freie Universitat Berlin
                   Schizophrenic convergence: art, science and
                   biography in Shi Lu's works of 1969/70

                   Eva Bentcheva
                   School of Oriental and African Studies,
                   University of London
                   Escaping the na(rra)tive in 1960s' Britain: David
                   Medalla's fusion of Asian iconography and
                   performance art

    15:30-15:45    Afternoon Tea

    15:45-16:30    Keynote speaker: Werner Kraus
                   Professor, Passau University; director, Centre
                   for Southeast Asian Art, Germany
                   Aesthetic colonisation: how Western images
                   entered Javanese minds: tracing the evidence

    16:30          Summa
                   Prof. John Clark remarks

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