Arts & Museum Summit 2015, 19 Nov 2015 — 20 Nov 2015

Arts & Museum Summit 2015

Threatened by regional conflicts, natural disasters, and changing populations, the continuity of Asia’s cultural legacy is at risk. In the last decade, Asia has seen dramatic economic and demographic transformation. With more than half of Asia’s population living in urban areas, notions of community are being challenged and reshaped as the next generation moves away from traditional trades. Devastating news of both human-made and natural catastrophes at unprecedented scale reveal to us daily how fragile the arts can be without precautionary measures and response procedures in place. Asia’s rich tangible and intangible heritage, whether ancient or recent, face serious threat.

The 2015 Arts & Museum Summit will approach these challenges and explore our responsibilities as stewards of culture. Through compelling keynotes and in-depth panel discussions, we will probe the key ethical questions facing preservation and explore the technologies, methods, and practices used to keep these traditions intact and relevant into and beyond the 21st century.

Join Arahmaiani (artist), Irina Bokova (UNESCO), Bonnie Burnham (World Monuments Fund), Chang Lin-sheng (Aurora Museum), Chen Kelun (Shanghai Museum), Cosmin Costinas (Para Site), Vishakha N. Desai (Columbia University), Laurent Gaveau (Google Cultural Institute Lab), Sarah Kenderdine (University of New South Wales), Hongnam Kim (National Museums of Korea), Vasif Kortun (SALT), Wai Kit Lee (Western China Cultural Ecology Research Workshop), Sabrina Motley (Smithsonian Folklife Festival), Hammad Nasar (Asia Art Archive), Fairouz Nishanova (Aga Khan Music Initiative), Ong Keng Sen (Singapore International Arts Festival), Helen Philon (Deccan Heritage Foundation), Phloeun Prim(Cambodian Living Arts), Zeyba Rahman (Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts), Ahmad Sarmast (Afghanistan National Institute of Music), Rajeev Sethi (The Asian Heritage Foundation), Suresh Suras Shrestha (Department of Archaeology, Kathmandu), Timothy P. Whalen (The Getty Conservation Institute), Winnie Yeung (Central Police Station Revitalisation Project), and Louis Yu (Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) for a critical conversation on The Past and Present Preserved: Assuring Our Cultural Legacy in the 21st Century. 

Program schedule – Thursday, November 19:

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks
2:00 – 2:20 PM

Video Keynote Address
2:20 – 2:30 PM

Keynote Panel: Stewardship and Continuity
2:30 – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion One: Authenticity and Context
3:45 – 5:15 PM

Rooftop Garden Reception
5:15 – 6:15 PM

Performance and Discussion: Asia Live in Hong Kong
6:15 –7:30 PM

Program – Friday, November 20:

Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 9:10 AM

Relevance and Change: Museum Case Studies
9:10 – 10:00 AM

Relevance and Change: Performing Arts Case Studies
10:10 – 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion Two: Threats and Risks
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Rooftop Garden Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion Three: Sustaining Ephemerality
1:30 – 2:45 PM

Panel Discussion Four: Alternate Philosophies
3:00 – 4:15 PM

Summary and Closing Remarks
4:15 – 4:30 PM

Contacts & Details
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