Transfer Project – Conference: "Embodied Histories – Entangled Communities. Southeast Asian and Western Approaches to Narratives and Performance Art"

Jun 13, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019
Korakrit Arunanondchai with boychild, Alex Gvojic and Michael Potvin, with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, Performance, Kiasma, Helsinki, 2017

Korakrit Arunanondchai with boychild, Alex Gvojic and Michael Potvin, with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, Performance, Kiasma, Helsinki, 2017
Image Credit: © Petri Virtanen

Conference language: English


The conference seeks to open up new perspectives on storytelling, narrativisations of history and their embodiment in performative arts and practices in Southeast Asia. Central questions are how, in very different ways, these practices offer new potentials to be presented, understood and collected, and how diverse audiences are mobilised by performative arts in relation to the conditions of community building inside and outside the realm of cultural institutions.

Contemporary performance art is characterised by hybridity, non-linear temporalities, cross-media connections, and the social contexts of various (art) histories. In addition to performance practices and modes of presentation, the entangled mythologies, literary narratives and political histories of Southeast Asia and the West also exert an influence on the embodied knowledge in the social communities concerned.

The conference "Embodied Histories – Entangled Communities" discusses selected examples of performative practices as well as historical and classical narratives with a special focus on blind spots in traditional historiography, which become performatively embodied and thus tangible. These include the consequences of colonialism and modernity, the contingent political and cultural conditions in different regions, but also alternative perspectives capable of promoting the deconstruction and decentralisation of the canon in question.

Acting on this set of assumptions, the conference asks about the curatorial, scholarly and institutional implications of these practices: How can performance art and performative artistic and social practices in cultural institutions be collected, archived, exhibited, reflected on, mediated or transformed? What role do narrative strategies play in mediating knowledge and experience? How can performative and curatorial practices be combined? What can cultural institutions learn from narrative and performative practices related to their diverse audiences? Can stereotypical patterns of hegemonic narratives be unlearned, and which new experiences are generated in the process? How can these artistic practices be used to reach, transform or even constitute diverse communities?

Programme

Thursday, June 13, 2019

14.30 – 15.00 Registration

15.00 – 16.00 Welcome Remarks:

  • Gabriele Knapstein and Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin)
  • Stefan Dreyer (Goethe-Institut, Regional Director Southeast Asia)
  • Andrew James Johnston and Annette Jael Lehmann (Freie Universität Berlin, Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective")

16.00 – 17.00 Keynote Lecture:
Patrick D. Flores (University of the Philippines, Vargas Museum in Manila)
Q&A

17.00 – 18.00 Keynote Lecture:
Julia Sarisetiati (Artist, ruangrupa, Gudskul, Jakarta)
Q&A

18.00 – 18.15 Break

18.15 – 19.45 Performance Lecture (with an introduction by June Yap):
Ho Rui An (Artist, Writer, Berlin): Death Drives and Coin Test China High-Speed Rail Videos
Q&A

(Museum closes at 20.00)

Friday, June 14, 2019

9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome and Introduction, Curatorial Team "Embodied Histories - Entangled Communities" and the Partner Museums

  • Grace Samboh (Curator, Researcher, Yogyakarta, and Medan): Introduction into the research and exhibition project "Embodied Histories - Entangled Communities", and into the collection of Galeri Nasional Indonesia)
  • Gridthiya Gaweewong (MAIIAM, Chiang Mai & Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok)
  • June Yap + Siuli Tan (Singapore Art Museum & National Collection of Singapore)
  • Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin)

10.30 – 12.00 Panel 1: Artistic Performative Practices. On Embodiment and Storytelling

  • CHAIR: Kirsten Maar (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Arahmaiani (Artist, Yogyakarta)
  • David Teh (National University of Singapore)
  • meLê Yamomo (University of Amsterdam)

Roundtable, Q&A

12.00 – 12.15 Coffee Break

12:15 – 13.00 Artist Talk (with Gridthiya Gaweewong & Anna-Catharina Gebbers)
Korakrit Arunanondchai (Artist, New York City, Bangkok)
Q&A

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 17.00 Panel 2: Curatorial, Institutional, Scientific Performative Practices. On Archiving and Building Communities

  • CHAIR: Doris Kolesch (Freie Universität Berlin & Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective")
  • Cosmin Costinas (Para Site, Hong Kong)
  • Simon Soon (University of Malaya)
  • Helly Minarti (Universitas Sanata Dharma)
  • Ferdiansyah Thajib (Freie Universität Berlin, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center Yogyakarta)

Roundtable, Q&A

17.00 – 17.45 Performance (with an introduction by Grace Samboh):
Arahmaiani (Artist, Yogyakarta): The Flag Project

(Museum closes at 18.00)

With its focus on embodied stories and entangled communities, the conference is part of an ongoing research project and a polyphonic curatorial collaboration between Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok, the MAIIAM in Chiang Mai, the Galeri Nasional in Jakarta and the Singapore Art Museum. The project was initiated in 2017 during the development of the exhibition HELLO WORLD. REVISING A COLLECTION (Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2018). In 2020 and 2021, a series of exhibitions under the same title will take place in Thailand, Indonesia and Germany. The conference "Embodied Histories – Entangled Communities" and the following exhibitions deal with specific local narratives as well as the entangled political histories of the countries of Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and their intricate historical relationships with Germany.

The conference "Embodied Histories – Entangled Communities" was conceived by Gridthiya Gaweewong (Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, MAIIAM, Chiang Mai), Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin), Grace Samboh (researcher, curator, Yogyakarta), Siuli Tan and June Yap (Singapore Art Museum) in collaboration with Kirsten Maar (Institut für Tanzwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin) and Annette Jael Lehmann (Institut für Theaterwissenschaft and Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective").

In a further follow-up to the project "Hello World", the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will hold the conference "Global Museum: Where do we go from here?" in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation and with the kind support of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. From September 30 to October 01, 2019, the participating institutions and international guests will gather to discuss results and consequences of the funding initiative "Global Museum".

The conference “Embodied Histories – Entangled Communities” is a cooperation between the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence 2020 “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” of the Freie Universität Berlin, with the support of the Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia.

A detailed conference programme will be made available soon.

Participation is free of charge. Please register with petra.wodtke@fu-berlin.de

Time & Location

Jun 13, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Aktionsraum
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin