Art and Translation in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea藝術與翻譯: 台灣, 香港和韓國

Art and Translation

Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea 

 International Symposium 28–29 October 2017

School of History of Art, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
In Collaboration With Art In Translation Journal and The Taiwan Academy


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Full Programme and Abstract: Art in Translation programme

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This symposium plans to open up the discussion in art of the Post-China era in relation to both the historical and contemporary contexts of changing geo-political and cultural identities of Asian locales – Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea in particular, and the relationship of these issues to visual production. In doing so we are patently interested in accounts that connect with the hybridity of artistic creation, critical conversations across boarders and postcolonial theory to critique – and reposition beyond – the use of visuality and cultural translations developed in the regions under Chinese-influence in a global context (including its autonomous regions and Asian counterparts). We strive to understand how Asian art history, aesthetics and practices conform, translate, defy and synthesize as they demarcate what it designates to be modern and contemporary in specific milieus.


Saturday, 28 October 2017          

9:00     Registration

9:30     Welcome Address

9:45      In Memory of Felix Schoeber. Presentation by Sabrina Rastelli

10:00   Opening Lecture  Mali Wu (吳瑪悧)

              From The Concept Of Social Sculpture To The Public Art In Taiwan:

              My Artistic Journey (從社會雕塑到台灣公共藝術: 我的藝術歷程)

              Chaired by Marko Daniel, Tate Modern


Panel 1: Reposition Of Art History

13:00   Yunchiahn C. Sena, Trinity College, USA

              Global As Local: Eclectic Architectural Themes In Colonial Taiwan

13:30   Colin Brady, University of Edinburgh, UK

              Yamanaka Rises: Exploiting The Boxer Uprising To Introduce A New Chinese

              Art To The West

14:00   Su-Hsing Lin, Tainan National University of The Arts, Taiwan

              Rebuilding Legitimacy: The Development Of Traditional Chinese Painting In

              Post-War Taiwan

14:30   Discussant: Rosina Buckland, National Museum of Scotland

Panel 2: Crossing Currents

15:20    Josh Yiu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

               Found In Translation: Lui Shou-Kwan’s Reading Of Post-War American Art

15:50    Mia Liu, Bate College, USA

               On Fragments: Topography, Location, And Iconography In Landscape

               Photography Of Lang Jingshan

16:20    Chia-Ling Yang, University of Edinburgh, UK

               Never Mind The Translation: Ink Art Of Tong Yang-Tze In Dialogical Perspective

16:50    Discussant: Sabrina Rastelli, University of Venice

18:30    Dinner for Chairs and Speakers


Sunday, 29 October 2017            

Panel 3: Translation And Corporeality

10:00    Yu-Chieh Li, University of Heidelberg, Germany

               Performativity And Asian Artistic Networks In 1980s New York

10:30    Nicola Foster, Open University, UK

               Three Contemporary “Translations” Of Nüshu: Dance, Music And Visual Art

11:00    Tzu-Ning Wu, National Taitung University, Taiwan

               Millennials Incubation: The Posthuman Body In Taiwan’s Contemporary Art

11:30    Discussant: Lucy Weir, University of Edinburgh


Panel 4: Margins And Geo-Identities

13:00    Aida Yuen Wong, Brandeis University, USA

               Yuan Jai’s Deconstructive Paintings And Craft Aesthetic

13:30    Vivian Kuang Sheng, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

               Nikki Lee’s The Young Japanese Project:

               Fabricating “Infantile Citizenship” And East Asian Identity

 14:00   Discussant: Mary Ginsberg, The British Museum


15:00    Closing Lecture  Chaired by Dr Li-Heng Hsu, University of Edinburgh

               Junghee Moon (文貞姬), Centre For Art Studies, Korea

               Today’s Ink Painting In Korea And Taiwan

15:40    Round-Up Discussion and Drink