Art Symposium
Date: 28 & 29 October 2016
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center

In a 2-day symposium with engaging and dynamic speakers both locally and internationally (supported by the Mandarin Oriental), each session consists of 3 talks & panel discussions.

Session 1:

A) Talk “Alterity and other things. Thinking about Qualities in Contemporary Art”
David Elliott, Writer, Curator, Museum Director

B) Talk “Why Art is Important to a Society” (Film)
Sir David Tang, Writer, Art Collector, Entrepreneur

C) Panel Discussion “Engaging Audiences: Museums, Biennials and Triennials”
David Elliott, Writer, Curator, Museum Director
Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director, M+
Yongwoo Lee, Executive Director, Shanghai Himalayas Museum
Moderator: Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher, Art Asia Pacific Magazine

Session 2:
A) Talk “Making History: AAA Research on Art Exhibitions in 1980s and 1990s China”
Anthony Yung, Head of China Research, Asia Art Archive

B) Talk “Why Artists Matter”
Charles Guarino, Publisher, Art Forum Magazine in conversation with:
Samantha Leese, Arts Journalist

C) Talk “Bringing a City together around Culture: Why bother?”
Julien-Loïc Garin, Chief Executive Officer, Le French May Arts Festival & Lumières Hong Kong
Rachel Rits-Volloch, Founding Director, MOMENTUM
Hing Chao, Founder, Hong Kong Culture Festival
Moderator: Cherry Chan, PIC, The Mills

Session 3:
A) Panel Discussion “Making Great Exhibitions Happen”
Inti Guerrero, Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art, Tate, London; Founding Director of Neptune, Hong Kong
Venus Lau, Artistic Director, OCAT Shenzen
Mimi Chun, Director, Blindspot Gallery
Moderator: Vivienne Chow, Independent journalist and Critic, Founding Director of Cultural Journalism Campus

B) Panel Discussion “Collectors and Artists in Conversation”
Linus Cheung, Art Collector & Retired Chief Executive of HongKong Telecom
William Lim, Art Collector & Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects Hung Hoi, Artist Tozer Pak, Artist
Moderator: Catherine Kwai, Director of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery

C) Panel Discussion “Looking to the Future – Art, Innovation, Technology”
Yana Peel, Chief Executive Officer, Serpentine Galleries, London
Jiyoon Lee, Managing Director, The National Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MMCA), Seoul
Takashi Kudo & Kazumasa Nonaka, Digital Artists, teamLab, Tokyo
Moderator: Su-Mei Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Foundation