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New Models Podcast Episode 07: AUTHENTICITY DUNGEON

Cultural analyst TOBY SHORIN takes us into the Hellmouth of “authenticity” and “originality” production, discussing how the Cthulhu of platform capitalism and distributed networks is evacuating the value of creative work.  

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Present Elsewhere

Pakistan-based artist Rashid Rana inquired into the possibilities of fiction to construct multiple pasts through notes, images, and schematic representations of his collaborative work-in- progress Present Elsewhere.

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Framing Spatial Stories: Life Beyond the Plan, Survey, and Grid

Solomon Benjamin and Wing Shing Tang, Hong Kong and Bangalore- based scholars of critical geography and urban studies led a set of workshops and walks in Framing Spatial Stories: Life Beyond the Plan, Survey, and Grid to consider the politics of contested urban settings through the lens of recent art of Asia.

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Six Windows

Hong Kong-born British poet Sarah Howe gave a talk to present Six Windows, new poems based on her research of the Asia Art Archive collection and to share her experience and discoveries during the process.

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Passage: The Life of a Wall on Lin He Road

Recognised for her work in ‘immersive journalism’, Nonny de la Peña drew from the Asia Art Archive collection to create a new iteration of an earlier performance by Lin Yilin that pushes the boundaries of virtual reality and digital technology.

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Cabinet of Resistance I

Jaffna-based visual artist and art educator Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan responded to the AAA collection by drawing parallels between methods of archiving and art making, while delving into the idea of ‘home’ within the context of ethnic conflict.

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Talking Archive

Wong Wai Yin, the Hong Kong-based artist and 2011 AAA resident, presented Talking Archive to uncover the ‘true opinions’ behind the material in AAA’s collection by inviting a psychic medium to speak to them. The Medium’s findings were shown in the form of a video and site-specific installation.

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Toko Pura–Pura (Quasi–Shop)

Jakarta-based artist collective ruangrupa staged Toko Pura-Pura as a play on ‘toko rupa-rupa,’ or ‘assorted shop’—where many of Hong Kong’s Indonesian domestic workers’ daily needs are met. Utilising old and new archives, the shop served as a transactional space where knowledge and ideas were exchanged through collaborations with Hong Kong-based artists, musicians, designers, and cultural initiatives.

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Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi

Following his 2014 residency at AAA, New York-based artist Walid Raad developed Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi. The project stemmed from his research into AAA’s Ha Bik Chuen Archive and consisted of several ‘sculptural spaces’ built by Raad’s fictional collaborator, Suha Traboulsi, who creates reproductions of canonical modern paintings by Arab artists.

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Interface Your Face #13: November 4, 2018

Contributors Eric Li, Jonathan Zong

That Photo We Never Got

Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta presented That photo we never got, a research-based exhibition that drew out narratives from the AAA collection to explore friendships and love in the field of art.

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Untitled (for redundant books)

Guangzhou-based Hu Fang and Zhang Wei intervened into the AAA library stacks with Untitled (for redundant books), a selection of books inspired by experimental botany, farming, architecture, and gardening philosophy that activate alternative readings of the AAA collection. Responses to the texts were gathered and shared through a series of reading groups, field trips, and conversations.

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