International Symposium – Art and Translation: Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea

28-29th Oct 2017


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.

School of History of Art, University of Edinburgh

Symposium Website:
Free Admissions. Please RSVP by 25 Oct with Dr Li-Heng Hsu (

Saturday, 28 October 2017
Venue: The West Court Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

10:00 – 12:00 Taiwan Academy Lecture
Mali Wu (吳瑪悧), Artist and Professor, National Kaohsiung Normal University
From The Concept Of Social Sculpture To The Public Art In Taiwan: My Artistic
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

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 – 15:40 Closing Lecture
Junghee Moon (文貞姬), Centre For Art Studies, Korea
Today’s Ink Painting In Korea And Taiwan
Chaired by Li-Heng Hsu

15:40 Round-Up Discussion and Drink

Any questions, please contact the symposium organisers, Dr Chia-Ling Yang ( and Dr Li-Heng Hsu (, School of History of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Taiwan Academy in Scotland Website:


Download this announcement as PDF: 1012 Poster_ Symposium_2017 Edinburgh email