Scene/Asia Annual Event in Hong Kong : Performance, Narratives and Silence

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Scene/Asia Annual Event 2017

On 20 – 21 March, Scene/Asia Annual Event 2017 will be held at Hong Kong Arts Centre. The event will be consisted of tripartite structure; with, first,  an Asian Artist Interview Marathon with five artists (from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea); second, a key-note interview session with Taiwanese visionary Chen Chieh-Jen; and, three, our annual symposium focusing on the topic of how Asian democracies, which have been distorted and distributed from the power of the ‘other’, are being addressed and articulated by contemporary artists. Free admission (booking required).Free admission (booking required). Date: Monday, 20 March 2017 13:30 〜  Tuesday 21 March 13:00〜 (Registration starts 30 minutes before on both days) Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre McAulay Studio (2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) Participating Artists: Fahmi Reza, Ho Rui An, Candace Chong Mui-ngam, Hansol Yoon, Akira Takayama (in the order of the interview session) / Chen Chie-Jen Please book your seat through this link.   Monday, 20 March 2017 Asian Artist Interview Marathon at McAulay Studio Hong Kong Arts Centre ————————–————————–——————- 13:00 -13:30 Registration and Check-in open for audience 13:30 – 13:40 Introduction and Opening Remark for Day 1 13:40 – 14:40 Interview and Q&A Session with Fahmi Reza (moderator Kyoko Iwaki) 14:40 – 15:40 Interview and Q&A Session with Ho Rui An (moderator Kenneth Tay) 15:40 – 16:00 Coffee Break 16:00 – 17:00 Interview and Q&A Session with a Candace Chong Mui-Ngam (moderator Ruijun Shen) 17:00 – 18:00 Interview and Q&A Session with Hansol Yoon (moderator Kim Juyeon) 18:00 – 19:10 Interview and Q&A Session with Akira Takayama (moderator Chiaki Soma) 19:10 – 19:20 Closing Remarks (All interviews will be conducted in English) Tuesday, 21 March 2017 Key Note Interview Session with Chen Chie-Jen and Scene/Asia Annual Symposium at McAulay Studio ————————–————————–——————- 13:00 – 13:10 Introduction … Continue reading Scene/Asia Annual Event 2017


Scene/Asia Annual Symposium 2016: Trans-forming Scenes: Reconstituting Democracy

  On February 16th, 2016, the first annual symposium of Scene/Asia, which launched last year, was held at SHIBAURA HOUSE in Tokyo. The theme of the symposium was “Trans-forming Scenes: Reconstituting Democracy.” Kyoko Iwaki, the chief director of the project, gave an opening speech, explaining the theme for 2015-2016. From the very beginning, the task of Scene/Asia was to create a platform that allows us to collectively view the ongoing situation of the art world in Asia, with Asian colleagues. The keyword “democracy” appeared through a series of discussions. The topic did not appear all of a sudden, but gradually materialized as participants discussed various events and issues across Asia. The topic suggests the project’s focus on dissecting the imported western concept of “democracy,” and to reinterpret and re-implement the term that fits the lives in multiple places in Asia. The theme, “transforming scenes,” suggests that the whole picture of Asia is never a fixed picture but consists of countless individual small shifts. The transformation, so to speak, is not a revolutionary change in which people uniformly move towards one direction. Rather, the focus of Scene/Asia is on small transformations, which eventually leads to a big flow. In addition, the project does not take a canonical academic approach centering on literary analysis, but will travel across Asia intensively conducting fieldwork-based research. In contrast to Okakura Tenshin, Scene/Asia does not assume that “Asia is one,” especially when it comes to analyzing how capitalism and democracy are implemented in respective regions. It will rephrase, reconsider, and reinterpret Asia. One important thing to note is that it has a partner from China, where, of course, democratic political system does not exist. Indeed, it may not be correct to include China even within the frame of capitalist “democracy.” However, when we dissect democracy and … Continue reading Scene/Asia Annual Symposium 2016: Trans-forming Scenes: Reconstituting Democracy


Scene / Asia’s Kick Off Event Held at Asia Cultural Complex, Gwangju, Korea

On 8 September 2015, Scene / Asia’s Kick-Off Event was held at a lecture room in the Asian Cultural Exchange Agency: one of the five institutions that make up the brand new Asian Cultural Complex (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea. Eleven members of Scene / Asia’s curatorial team from five Asian countries participated in the event (Jason Wee joined via Skype). All members elaborated on their own objectives for taking part in a multi-national project such as Scene / Asia, while the Japanese members, including the Chief Director Kyoko Iwaki, introduced the upcoming projects and plans for the future. Since Scene / Asia is not a project that fits into an existing format—such as inviting overseas productions, launching co-productions, organizing residencies and cultivating young talent—it might have been difficult for the audience to grasp the entire project in only two hours. However, the fact that the Q&A session at the end planned for 15 minutes ran on for 45 minutes, suggested that certain producers, artists, administrators and researchers were genuinely interested in the future development of this project. The people who participated most proactively in the discussion were those professionals from Southeast Asian regions, such as Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It is easy to see that these young people responded well to new ideas and actions, and yet were also likely to be considered as sort of outsiders in their respective regions. Their desire to connect with other Asian colleagues who think in the same way was evidently present. Since the meeting of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) was organized on the same day as the launch event, many theatre professionals attended not only from Japan and Korea, but also from other Asian regions and Europe. However, for most of European theatre professionals, the Scene / Asia project possible … Continue reading Scene / Asia’s Kick Off Event Held at Asia Cultural Complex, Gwangju, Korea