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Jam: Cultural Congestions in Contemporary Asian Art

7 Feb 2009 – 4 Apr 2009

South Hill Park Arts Centre

Berkshire, United Kingdom

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Jam: Cultural Congestions in Contemporary Asian Art

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The Bracknell Gallery and Mansion Space Galleries As populations surge and international migration grows steadily, the movement of people, objects and identities are activities that have taken on a political and cultural character of their own. Whether the movement is across the city, across the country or across the world we are confronted by the product of such movement, which creates cultural congestions - Jam. The exhibition explores the concept of cultural congestion in visual art practices in work by emerging Asian artists, including Madi Acharya-Baskerville, Ming Turner, Tsai-Wei Chen, I-Ting Hou, Su-Chen Hsu, Emma Kwan, Feng-Ru Lee, Wang Ruobing, Bindu Mehra & Himanshu Desai, Hua Kuan Sai, Sam Su and Pei-Shih Tu. What happens when there is so much art, so many exhibitions and so many events? Does this overwhelm the viewer and do we develop sensory overload? Or does the congestion enable pausing and reflection of the richness and diversity across cultures? Jam: Cultural Congestions brings together artists from a range of cultures to explore and construct a visual jam, a think-tank and space created by cultural congestion. The exhibition is curated by Outi Remes, Madi Acharya-Baskerville and Yi-Fang Chen. It is supported by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan, the National Arts Council Singapore and Panasonic. - arc talk: Introduction to the Art Market in Contemporary East and South East Asia by Dr Ming Turner Saturday 4 April, 1pm Responding to the current exhibition, Jam: Cultural Congestions in Contemporary Asian Art, this talk provides an introduction to the new hot art markets in the East and South East Asia. The talk explores some of the key concerns in the region such as postcolonialism, feminism, globalisation, modernism and the issues related to diasporic people. We will also consider possible ways in which local artists could develop projects with contemporary Asian artists. The talk includes a visit to the exhibition. - Saturday 4 April, 3pm: Performance by Feng-Ru Lee Typhoon Symphony Feng-Ru Lee is tracing back imagery from the memories of her childhood to evoke the isolation and restriction associated with East Asian Typhoon culture. Through participation with composition and in experiencing an instant typhoon symphony the audience will share in this multi sensory experience. Free admission but booking is recommended: exhibitions.intern@southhillpark.org.uk

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