Opening the Art Symposium on Friday, 16th November, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Chief Curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale, will speak about China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative which will undoubtedly transform trade and cultural relationships, including the art world. A panel of experts will discuss Hong Kong’s position within this scenario and its role as a window to China, the Asia Pacific region and the West.
Main Speaker | Cuauhtémoc Medina, Chief Curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale
Moderator | H.G. Masters, Almanac editor & editor-at-large, Art Asia Pacific magazine
Iola Lenzi is a Singapore-based curator, critic and historian of Southeast Asian art. Also trained in law, her research interests include art's negotiation with power, and transnational comparisons of politically and socially-engaged art practices in Southeast Asia and beyond. Lenzi teaches Society and Politics in Asian art in the Asian Art Histories MA Programme of Lasalle-Goldsmiths, Singapore. Curatorial projects include Concept Context Contestation art and the collective in Southeast Asia, BACC Bangkok, travelling; The Roving Eye-contemporary art from Southeast Asia, ARTER/Koc Foundation, Istanbul; Negotiating Home History and Nation: two decades of contemporary art in Southeast Asia 1991-2011, Singapore Art Museum; La Vidéo Engagée d'Asie du Sud Est, Grand Palais, Paris; and Masterpieces: Southeast Asian digital art, Samsung Projects. She publishes prolifically and is the author of Museums of Southeast Asia.
Harald Peter Kraemer is currently Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong. Since his PhD in Art History on Museum Informatics & Digital Collections at the University of Trier and his MA in Museum and Curatorial Studies in Vienna, he has been involved in more than 60 museum management projects and as creative director, he has produced more than 120 interactive online and offline applications for museums with various teams. Furthermore, he is a curator and designer of exhibitions. Kraemer has written and published widely on the subject of hypermedia design, museum informatics, and digital collections, as well as contemporary art and knowledge transfer in/for museums. Recent publications: The Age of Experience. Hong Kong - Vienna. Exhibition Strategy & Reflection (2017); Robert Lettner. Das Spiel vom Kommen und Gehen (2018). Coming publication: Multimedia Classics - Hypermedia Hermeneutics - Transmedia Storytelling.
H.G. Masters is a writer and editor-at-large at ArtAsiaPacific magazine. He is currently based between Istanbul and Hong Kong. Masters has been an editor at ArtAsiaPacific since 2008. He has written catalogue essays about artists including Ha Chong-Hyun, Haegue Yang, Shinro Ohtake, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Hajra Waheed, Lee Mingwei, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Nuri Kuzucan, Şener Özmen, Tsherin Sherpa and others. In 2010, he was awarded a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing. His essays and reviews have been published magazines and journals including Frieze, Even, Art Papers, RES Artworld, and Portal 9.