第二届广州三年展 pearl river art canton

I dunno, but I think having a triennial is a bit weird, coz by the time it comes around again, everyone has forgotten it happened before. I mean three years ago I was in China for the first time and going “Wow!!! Fully sick!!!” about Xiao Yu and a bunch of other artists. And now, I can’t even remember I had lunch at Gloria last Sunday without photographic evidence to prove it. (can’t remember what I ate though … no photo … I think it was soup … ).

The point is, it’s triennial time in Guangzhou again, well, in a month, this time curated by curated by Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich-Obrist and Guo Xiaoyan, and 亞洲藝術文獻庫 Asia Art Archive are pushing a symposium in Hong Kong Trading Places: Cultural Imaginaries of the Pearl River Delta to mark the triennial. And the triennial site is here: 第二届广州三年展 2nd Guangzhou Triennial

In 2004 an artist designed a flag for an imaginary country: the Pearl River Delta.

Smart and cool, the flag represents the region’s new economic identity. For the hodgepodge of industrial and commercial zones that cluster around the Pearl River Delta, together with the financial centres of Hong Kong and Macau , are now recognised to be a single economic entity –one that CEPA and Legco visits are transforming into a new kind of administrative region.

Of course, if the PRD were a country then its GDP would compare to that of Australia and outstrip many developed European countries. But economic statistics rarely include Hong Kong and Macau within the PRD. Culturally, even the Delta’s experimental art and urbanism projects (D-Lab), projects that will culminate in the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial this November, make only passing reference to these cities.

‘Trading Places’ is an event that asks questions about the shifting cultural images of contemporary Hong Kong and Macau as their unique cultures increasingly blend into the flux of the dynamic and occasionally troubling new entity of the Pearl River Delta.

— Asia Art Archive

Trading Places: Cultural Imaginaries of the Pearl River Delta

A Hong Kong Programme of the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial

Beyond: 2nd Guangzhou Triennial , curated by Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich-Obrist and Guo Xiaoyan, opens at the Guangdong Museum of Art on Friday 18th November . For a complete listing of artists and more information please see our World Events Calendar.

In conjunction with this important exhibition, a one day symposium , entitled Trading Places: Cultural Imaginaries of the Pearl River Delta will be held in Hong Kong on Monday 21st November at the HK Arts Centre, organised by The Art School of the HK Arts Centre and co-presented by the Asia Art Archive and Guangdong Museum of Art.

Introduction to Trading Places: Cultural Imaginaries of the Pearl River Delta

In 2004 an artist designed a flag for an imaginary country: the Pearl River Delta.

Smart and cool, the flag represents the region’s new economic identity. For the hodgepodge of industrial and commercial zones that cluster around the Pearl River Delta, together with the financial centres of Hong Kong and Macau , are now recognised to be a single economic entity –one that CEPA and Legco visits are transforming into a new kind of administrative region.

Of course, if the PRD were a country then its GDP would compare to that of Australia and outstrip many developed European countries. But economic statistics rarely include Hong Kong and Macau within the PRD. Culturally, even the Delta’s experimental art and urbanism projects (D-Lab), projects that will culminate in the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial this November, make only passing reference to these cities.

‘Trading Places’ is an event that asks questions about the shifting cultural images of contemporary Hong Kong and Macau as their unique cultures increasingly blend into the flux of the dynamic and occasionally troubling new entity of the Pearl River Delta.

Come and ‘trade places’ with us to explore these new cultural imaginaries. Our themes might include:

200 Mile Long City: by 2013, continuous development may join the cities of the Pearl River Delta together into one metropolis; what are the cultural imaginaries of this urban hypergrowth?

Asserting Culture: how do artists imagine, and creative industries ‘brand’ culture in the Pearl River Delta –which like Hong Kong was once viewed as containing little of cultural value?

Troubled Icons: do the contested ‘iconic’ cultural developments in Hong Kong and Macau reflect a renewed sense of identity -or anxiety at possible absorption within the greater Pearl River Delta?

Competing Imaginaries: apart from the hyperbole of official promotion, how do we visualise the alternative reality of many unequal, conflicted cultural identities within the Pearl River Delta?

Exchanges

Fifteen selected artists, designers and cultural commentators from Hong Kong and Macau will exchange impressions with their counterparts in the Pearl River Delta, visiting the Shenzhen Creative Industries Fair and the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial. Then fifteen artists, designers and cultural commentators from China will join us for the Symposium in Hong Kong .

Participants include:

Chan Koon-chung, Cultural Critic (Hong Kong/Beijing)

Guo Xiaoyan, Curator of Guangdong Museum of Art, and Curator of the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial

Laurent Gutierrez, Map Office, Hong Kong

Hou Hanru, Independent curator and Curator of the Second Guangzhou Triennial

Hu Fang, Artistic Director, Vitamin Creative Space ( Guangzhou , China )

Desmond Hui, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Hong Kong

Matthew Turner, Director/Academic Head, The Art School, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator, Contemporary Art, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Curator of the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial

(full listing of participants to follow)

Date & Time: Monday 21 November 2005 10am -6pm

Venue: Agnes b. CINEMA! Hong Kong Arts Centre

Admission FREE / Seats limited, please call for reserved: 2582 0220