International Symposium : “Archival Turn: East Asian Contemporary Art and Taiwan (1960-1989)”

April 7, 2017

The international symposium “Archival Turn: East Asian Contemporary Art and Taiwan (1960-1989),” will be held from April 8 to 9, 2017, organized by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Spring Foundation. The seminar will take place in the museum’s auditorium. Over 20 scholars will engage in discussion and dialogue on the theme of “the Archival Turn: East Asian art history and contemporaneity.”


In the context of globalization, countries throughout East Asia have established art archives in recent years, to promote the establishment, translation and curation of the basic textual and audio-visual information about their own countries and Asia as a whole. At the same time, thanks to the Internet, contemporary artists are now better able to access and apply audio-visual archives, furthering this trend of re-exploring history. Archives are the habitation of memory. The re-archiving of history in contemporary art suggests that modernity in East Asian art history is not simply a singular narrative of progress toward enlightenment, but the ghosts of history reverberating along the island chain, driven by the force of archives. Here, archives no longer serve as mere empirical data used to construct linear history; they are redrawing the mental map of our collective memory. The establishment and recalibration of archives herald an overturning of the genealogy of East Asian art in its historical imagination and its writing. This is the active meaning of an “archival turn.”


2017 International Symposium

Archival Turn: East Asian Contemporary Art and Taiwan (1960-1989)

Organized by|Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Spring Foundation

Venue|Auditorium, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Date|April 8 (Sat.) – April 9 (Sun.), 2017

* Free entry for this event. No ticket or reservations required.




Professor, Department of History of Art, Ohio State University


Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Institute of Art History and Art Criticism, Tainan National University of the Arts


Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, University of Sydney


Chair of the Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and New York

FEI Dawei 

Rotating Director of Academic Committee, Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Patrick D. FLORES 

Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines

Yuk HUI 

Research Associate, Leuphana University, Germany

INABA (Fujimura) Mai 

Assistant Professor, Kwangwoon University, Korea

Hee-Young KIM 

Professor, Department of Fine Art, College of Arts, Kookmin University, Korea

Sunjung KIM 

Director, Art Sonje Center.

Artistic Director, ACC Archive & Research in Asian Culture Center, Gwangju (2014-15)


Chief Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Yi-ting LEI 

Assistant Researcher, Curator, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Lesley MA 

Curator, Ink Art, M+, Hong Kong

Yu Jin SENG 

Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore

Kuiyi SHEN 

Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

Song-Yong SING 

Professor, the Graduate Institute of Animation and Film Art, Tainan National University of the Arts

Simon SOON 

Art Historian and Senior Lecturer, University of Malaya

SUZUKI Katsuo 

Curator, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Clare VEAL 

Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

WU Mali 

Associate Professor of Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University

Anthony YUNG 

Senior researcher, Asia Art Archive



Catherine Tsai-yun CHAN 

Senior Researcher, Chief of Research Department, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Hsiangling LAI 

Board Director, Spring Foundation

Dean-E MEI 

Professor, Graduate School of Printmaking, National Taiwan University of Arts

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