APT8 CONFERENCE 

MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2015 | GOMA

Held immediately after the APT8 opening weekend programs and events, the APT8 Conference invited artists, researchers, and curators from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to address some of the key conceptual threads in the exhibition. The discussions were grounded in considerations of a cultural and social context, they centred on strategies at work in recent artistic practice and their relationships to frameworks of exhibition and interpretation.

The APT8 Conference was held in conjunction with the annual 2015 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November which was held at QAGOMA.

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PROGRAM

The day comprised three key sessions, 'Moving and shaking', 'Vital signs' and 'Bodies politic', which examined the varied uses of the human form in artistic expression and the significance of such practices in the region. Each session featured a set of papers, followed by in depth discussion on the topic. The conference also featured artist performances and responses.

SESSION 1

SESSION 1 – MOVING AND SHAKING

For much of this part of the world, social change is not simply an aspiration of politically-minded artists; it is a given, the very context in which art takes place. How do artists respond to conditions of flux and uncertainty, and in what ways might they participate in it? How specific to art-making are geographical and cultural conditions at a time of rapid change? Is there a relationship between the drivers of social change in Asia and the Pacific and the types of art being made in the region?

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SESSION 2

SESSION 2 – VITAL SIGNS

There are distinct relationships between museum collections and the activities of daily cultural production. Performance, design, craft, folk, vernacular and ritual objects operate in distinct cultural contexts with highly specific meanings and functions. By bringing vernacular or ritual objects, or even performance and other ephemeral practices, into the museum, what processes of critique are enacted? How does their exhibition in a museum or gallery context affect their interpretation? Perhaps more pointedly, what might they offer the discourses and practices of contemporary art?

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SESSION 3

SESSION 3 – BODIES POLITIC

Recent practice in the Asia-Pacific has seen renewed attention to the symbolic potential of the human body. In what ways are bodies utilised in contemporary practice, particularly with regard to contested issues, sites and histories? As sensory registers of mortality and desire, do bodies possess some kind of political autonomy that empowers them as instruments of social and institutional critique?

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