GA TALK 033 “Situating the Void of Times(Problems of Curating)” by Ho Tzu Nyen(Artist)
GLOBAL ART TALK 033 “Situating the Void of Times(Problems of Curating)” by Ho Tzu Nyen(Artist)
From military spies and ghost writers to folklore yokai spirits, a historically shady and hollowed presence attains a virtual imagery in the screen practices of Ho Tzu Nyen. After his recent, much-discussed “Japanese trilogy” of works:Hotel Aporia, 2019; Voice of Void, 2021; Night March of Hundred Monsters, 2021, this talk attempts to highlight his past and on-going works outside the trilogy itself, thereby positioning it within the wider framework of Ho’s artistic territory.
A particular focus will be placed on two projects: CDOSEA (The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia) (2017- present, https://cdosea.org/), an online platform and algorithmic database of moving images; and The Strangers from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea, the 7th Asian Art Biennale (2019) co-curated by Hsu Chiawei, which anticipate encounters with marebito and gifts of knowledge from strangers.
Ho’s philosophical interest in the notion and conception of time are implicit in this talk, elaborating how to situate histories in a given time and space of temporality- an increasingly prominent topic in the context of curating.
About the Talk
Time/Date:2022.7.2 SAT 14:00〜15:30
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Venue:Ningenkan, B1F, Video Hall, Kyoto University of the Arts &Online Talk
※This venue is limited to students, faculty, and staff of the University. Please note that the general public can participate online.
Moderator: Koichiro Osaka
Translator: Miho Tsujii
*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.
Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS
About the Speaker
Ho Tzu Nyen makes films, installations and performances that often begin as engagements with historical and theoretical texts. Recent exhibitions of his work have been held at the Hammer Museum (2022), Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (2021), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM](2021), Edith-Russ Haus for Media Art (Oldenburg, 2019).
Some recent group exhibitions include the Aichi Triennale (2019); 12th & 13th Gwangju Biennale (2018, 2019) and 2 or 3 Tigers at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017).
Together with Taiwanese artist Hsu Chia-wei, he curated The Strangers from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea, the 7th Asian Art Biennale, at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. From 2015 to 2016, he was a DAAD resident in Berlin.
GLOBAL ART TALK by KUA x HAPS
Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art
The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of the Arts, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding.
The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.
The Kyoto University of the Arts is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.