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East of Que Village (installation detail), 2007. Courtesy of Yang Fudong, ShanghART Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Talks & Performances

Presented in partnership with Asialink and supported by the Australia Council and the Australia China Council

China Up Close Symposium

Talks and Performances

3 Dec

In this one-day symposium examining contemporary video art and culture in China, hear from internationally renowned speakers including Chinese artist Yang Fudong and preview the Yang Fudong: Filmscapes exhibition.


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  • Learn about Hong Kong’s new cultural institution M+ from its Chief Curator, Doryun Chong, and join a panel of Australian and New Zealand Chinese art experts as they discuss models of engagement that have genuinely deepened Australia’s connection to China.

    The symposium focuses on the extraordinary development of moving-image art in contemporary China as evident in Yang Fudong: Filmscapes. Yang Fudong is lauded for introducing multi-screen Chinese film installations to the West. As part of this symposium the Shanghai-based artist discusses his screen practice that mines the histories of both Western and Chinese cinema in a conversation with Dr Claire Roberts, Senior Lecturer of Art History at the University of Adelaide.

    Doryun Chong, Chief Curator of Hong Kong's forthcoming museum of visual culture M+, maps the development of contemporary Chinese moving-image art since the Cultural Revolution. His presentation explores how Chinese artists have created a new contemporary identity and contextualises Yang Fudong’s work by examining the crossover between cinema and video art in the region.

    Joining Yang Fudong and Chong will be a panel of speakers featuring Hong Kong based curator, researcher, teacher, writer and critic Sam Ho; Director of Asialink Arts, Lesley Alway; Director of the Auckland Art Gallery, Rhana Devenport; the University of Adelaide's Dr Claire Roberts, and artist/curator Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert. The discussion identifies the importance of Australia’s cultural engagement with China in the broader political context, and investigates frameworks of collaboration that encourage creativity, innovation and diverse perspectives.

    The China Up Close symposium is supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign and Trade and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.