REORIENT is M+’s first public event to focus exclusively on the region of South and Southeast Asia. From its early stages of formation, the M+ collection has encompassed works by South and Southeast Asian artists and makers, but the region(s) have yet to feature prominently as part of the museum’s public programme. With REORIENT, M+ ‘reorients’ attention southward by bringing together key practitioners, curators, researchers and thinkers from the fields of visual art, design and architecture and moving image, and from various locales in South and Southeast Asia, to present and discuss critical issues and multiplicities related to their practice, institutions and contexts. Designed to inform Hong Kong audiences about the important work being done by individuals and institutions in the region, REORIENT also seeks to examine affinities and intersections between cultural practices in Hong Kong and the global south.

Comprised of one-on-one conversations, short presentations and panel discussions, REORIENT is a three-day event designed as a platform to explore views across geographies (from Bangalore to Bangladesh, Yogyakarta to Ho Chi Minh City), disciplines (from visual art, design and architecture, and moving image) and initiatives (from bottom-up to institutionally-driven practices). The conversations and discussions between invited speakers and M+ curators would seek to address the following issues: how local and regional particularities and histories (as well as transnational and global forces and flows) have informed and shaped the nature of cultural ecology and production in South and Southeast Asia; how Hong Kong is culturally, historically and geographically situated with regards to the region(s); and how various curatorial and research frameworks undertaken by museums and cultural institutions in Asia, and elsewhere, have investigated art and design practices of South and Southeast Asia.

REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia is organised by Pauline J. Yao (Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+) and Shirley Surya (Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+). 

Online registration required, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Programme:

Day 1
30 November 2017, Thursday
6:00 – 8:30pm
Designing on the Margins—Land, Materiality and Community

Anupama Kundoo in conversation with Aric Chen
Eko Prawoto in conversation with Shirley Surya


Day 2
1 December 2017, Friday
6:00 – 8:30pm
Art, Ritual and the Everyday

Rirkrit Tiravanija in conversation with Pauline J. Yao
Sheela Gowda in conversation with Doryun Chong


Day 3
2 December 2017, Saturday
11:00am – 4:00pm
Researching, Collecting and Framing the Region

Adjacencies: Links between Hong Kong, South and Southeast Asia
Speakers:
Cosmin Costinas, Para Site, Hong Kong
Chuong-Dai Vo, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Department of Cultural Studies and Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Seeds and Networks: Nurturing Local Ecologies
Speakers:
Diana Campbell Betancourt, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh and Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, Philippines 
Zoe Butt, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Roobina Karode, Kirin Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India
Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil, LeBoYe Design and Dia.Lo.Gue., Jakarta, Indonesia

Positions: Institutional Perspectives on South and Southeast Asia
Speakers:
Sean Anderson, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
José Da Silva, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Judith Greer, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore


Designing on the Margins – Land, Materiality and Community

30 Nov 2017, Thursday, 6 – 8:30pm

Anupama Kundoo in conversation with Aric Chen &
Eko Prawoto in conversation with Shirley Surya

 

Art, Ritual and the Everyday

1 Dec 2017, Friday, 6 – 8:30pm

Rirkrit Tiravanija in conversation with Pauline J. Yao &
Sheela Gowda in conversation with Doryun Chong

 

Researching, Collecting and Framing the Region

2 Dec 2017, Saturday, 11am – 4pm

Three panel discussions with multiple speakers

 

 

Meet the Speakers

Anupama Kundoo

Anupama Kundoo

Founder, Anupama Kundoo Architects, India/Spain

 

Aric Chen

Aric Chen

Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+

 

Eko Prawoto

Eko Prawoto

Founder, Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

Shirley Surya

Shirley Surya

Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+

 

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Visual artist, based in New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai

Pauline J. Yao

Pauline J. Yao

Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+

 

Sheela Gowda

Sheela Gowda

Visual artist, based in Bangalore, India

Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong

Deputy Director and Chief Curator, M+

 

Cosmin Costinas

Cosmin Costinas

Executive Director / Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong

Chuong-Dai Vo

Chuong-Dai Vo

Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Professor of Practice, Department of Cultural Studies and Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Stella Fong

Stella Fong

Lead Curator, Learning & Interpretation, M+

Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt

Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, and Artistic Director, Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, Philippines

Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt

Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Roobina Karode

Roobina Karode

Director and Chief Curator, Kirin Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India

Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil

Ignatius Hermawan Tanzil

Founder, LeBoYe Design and Dia.Lo.Gue., Jakarta, Indonesia

Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson

Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

José Da Silva

José Da Silva

Curatorial Manager, Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Judith Greer

Judith Greer

Director of International Programmes, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

Senior Curator, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore

Suhanya Raffel

Suhanya Raffel

Executive Director, M+

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