Upcoming Conference: “Ecologies of Art: A Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Debate”

SOAS, University of London, UK
23-24th Sep 2016Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 17.54.41

‘Ecologies of Art’ is a two-day conference intended to accelerate multi-vocal discussions on developments in modern and contemporary art in China in the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries. It is held in conjunction with Hong Ling: A Retrospective in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS (14th July–24th September 2016; admission free), an exhibition occasioned by the retirement in 2015 of the landscape painter, Hong Ling (b. 1955), from the faculty of the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where he taught oil painting since 1987. Twenty-eight international scholars gather to present research and debate a wide range of topics including subject and genre, mediality and technique, regional and transregional aspect of artistic practice, space and temporality, and institutional collecting and cannon formation.

In its title, ‘Ecologies of Art’ highlights multiple aspects of place and context in modern and contemporary Chinese art. It considers the landscape as an art subject and genre as well as contingent environmental issues. It recognises landscape, landmarks and horizons as features of a mode of art historical visualisation. It explores the places, situations and contexts, including evolving forms of art space and surveillance regimes, in which art is experienced by audiences. It examines the ecology of collecting, curating and display practices.

Hosted by the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology at SOAS, this conference is organised by Professor Shane McCausland and Dr Tian S. Liang. The exhibition and its academic programme are sponsored by UNEEC Culture and Education Foundation, Taiwan, and by the artist’s gallery, Soka Art.

All are welcome. Entrance is free but registration is essential.

To register, click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecologies-of-art-a-modern-and-contemporary-chinese-art-debate-tickets-27439189354?ref=estw.

To download the programme, click https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8HfyIRbEueSZjNSRGlSQzRyWjA/view?usp=sharing.

Contact email: Dr Tian S. Liang tl6@soas.ac.uk.