In addition to providing a preview
of these materials, open for the public viewing in the Wason
Collection and Goldsen Archive, Kroch Library, the conference
provides one of the largest North American gatherings of contemporary
Chinese artists and curators who work in the emergent fields
of electronic arts, new media, and mixed media performance.
Their aim is to situate their past and current projects in
terms of the theoretical, social, and political problems posed
by new archival challenges of digital culture and historical
Similarly the endeavor of archiving so-called ephemeral artistic
works may require a reconsideration of the aims and imperative of
the archive itself and related art historical research. To position
contemporary Chinese art in the Future Perfect will require that
the participants reflect on their former work in relation to future
concerns: to consider "what they will have done" (and
how it will have been remembered).
Highlights of the weekend include the international premiere of
a new performance art piece by the artist, Lin Yilin, on Saturday
afternoon at 4pm, and a plenary artist presentation by the internationally
celebrated artist Xu Bing, on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm. They will
be joined by the artists, Feng Mengbo and Chen Lingyang from Beijing,
Du Zhenjun from Paris, Xiaowen Chen from Ithaca, Lin Yan from New
York as well as curators Barbara London (Museum of Modern Art),
Gao Minglu (Pittsburgh), and Shin-Yi Yang (Artist Commune, Hong
Organized by Timothy Murray, Professor of English and Comparative
Literature, this event is hosted by The Rose Goldsen Lecture Series
with institutional cosponsorship from the Cornell Library, The
Society for the Humanities, East Asia Program, College of Art,
Architecture and Planning, French Studies, Departments of Asian
Studies, English, Comparative Literature.
For further information, contact Timothy Murray, Director, The
Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, firstname.lastname@example.org, 607-255-4012.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 23
1:30-3:30 Kroch Library Lecture
1:30 Welcoming Remarks
- Tim Murray, Director, Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, College
of Arts and Sciences
- Sarah E. Thomas, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian
1:45 Unveiling the Wen Pulin Archive
of Chinese Avant Garde Art
- Thomas Hahn, Curator, Charles W. Wason Collection on
- Tim Murray, Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media
2:15 Curating Contemporary Chinese
- Moderator, Ellen Avril, Curator of Asian Art, Herbert F.
Johnson Museum of Art
- Gao Minglu, Curator and Professor of Art History, University
"Curating 'The Wall'"
- Yang Shin-Yi, Artistic Director, Artist Commune, Hong
Kong; Lecturer, Museum
of Modern Art, New York, " Showing and Storing Contemporary
- Discussant, Susan Buck-Morss, Visual Studies, Department
4:15 Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith
- Plenary Artist Presentation
- Moderator, Sherman Cochran, Department of History
- Xu Bing, Artist, Beijing/New York
"Recent Works-Another Artistic Direction"
Saturday, Sept. 24
- Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Mixed Media Art in Process
- Moderator, Shelley Wong, Departments of English and Asian-American
- Xiaowen Chen, Department of Art, Cornell University,
"Mixed Media Explorations"
- Chen Lingyuang, Artist, Beijing, "Chen Lingyang and
Chen Lingyang NO.2"
- Lin Yan, Artist, Beijing/New York, "Constructing
- Discussant: Renate Ferro, Department of Art
11:30 Curating Contemporary Chinese
- Moderator, Patricia Zimmermann, Department of Radio and
Film, Ithaca College
- Barbara London, Curator of Film and Video, Museum of Modern
Art, New York
"Stir-fry and Beyond: Media Art in China"
2:00 Digital Interface: Arts of
- Moderator, Tuy Tu, Department of History of Art
- Du Zhenjun, Artist, Beijing/Paris, "Eastern Winds,
- Feng Mengbo, Artist, Multimedia Studio, Central Academy
of Fine Arts, Beijing
- "Game As Arts: Feng Mengbo's Digital Works"
- Discussants: Thomas Lamarre, Department of Asian Studies
- Phoebe Sengers, Departments of Information Sciences,
Science & Technology Studies
4:00 International Premier Performance
- Moderator: Buzz Spector, Chair, Department of Art
- Lin Yilin, Artist, Beijing/New York, "Adult/Education"
5:00 Concluding Panel Discussion
- Future Perfect, Pondering What Will Have Been
- Chair, Brett de Bary, Director, The Society for the
- Timothy Billings, Department of English, Middlebury College
- Lily Chi, Department of Architecture
- Petrus Liu, Department of Comparative Literature
- Naoki Sakai, Department of Asian Studies and Comparative