The 6th Para-curatorial Symposium - In the Name of “Archive”: Re-imagining History as Contemporary Art Practice

17 – 19 November 2017

Friday-Sunday, 14:00–18:00

Languages: Chinese andEnglish, with simultaneous interpretation


Guangdong Times Museum

Times Rose Garden III,Huangbianbei Road, Baiyun Avenue

Guangzhou, China

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm


+ 8620 26272363


The 6th Para-curatorial symposium, In the Nameof “Archive”: Re-imagining History as Contemporary Art Practice


Modern theorists have longchallenged archive as an objective and impartial system to generate theabsolute knowledge. As pointed out by Hal Foster in his seminal essay An Archival Impulse, artists since the1970s have attempted to recuperate archive as a volatile process imbued withmulti-layered temporalities, subjectivities, and enactments. However, thediscussions on such practices have primarily been focused on the projectsinitiated from the European and North American context. In recent years,artists and curators in Asia have taken active steps to expand archive beyond arepository of documents and turn it into a dynamic and generative tool foralternative knowledge. Pan Yuliang: AJourney to Silence, the current exhibition at Guangdong Times Museum is oneof the latest experiments which seeks to give life to historical archivescollected from institutional and personal networks through artistic andcuratorial mediation.


In the Name of “Archive”: Re-imagining History as Contemporary ArtPractice,the 6th Para-curatorialsymposium co-curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and Mia Yu, sheds lights on thehistory-inspired and archive-driven projects by contemporary artists andcurators. How is archive redefined through contemporary art and exhibitions?How could archive manifest different meanings in various Asian culturalconfigurations? Is it possible to recuperate the spatiality and the materialityof archive in the Internet age? Does archive allow for the opening of animaginative and fictive space? How to render documentation with affectivevalue? How to connect historical or history-inspired research to contemporaryart and evoke critical responses to the present? What are the possible ways torelate subjectivities to multiple modes of historicities and temporalities? Thesymposium provides a multi-format forum that includes curatorial talks,performative lectures, film screenings and a workshop. By bringing experiencedcurators and artists in conversation with the younger generation, the symposiumhopes to not only reflect on the recent projects, but also facilitate theformation of future practices.


Withpresentations, talks, and screenings by:Chao Jiaxing, Zian Chen, James T. Hong, Kristine Khouri, Li Jia, Li Ran, LiuChuanhong, Shen Boliang, Su Wei, David Teh, Thu Van Tran


Workshop Participants:Matter Group, Guo Yun, Huang Danyi, LiuDi, Lu Chuan, Xiaoshi Vivian, Vivian Qin, Yan Zi


Curated by: Nikita Yingqian Cai, Mia Yu

Coordinatedby: Li Xiaotian