Residency as part of Moderation(s), Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, 7 January–10 February 2013
Moderation(s) is a year-long programme taking place throughout 2013 between Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Spring Workshop, Hong Kong. Its ‘moderator’, Singaporean artist and writer Heman Chong, will steer a program involving more than fifty artists, a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies and a book of short stories.
Moderation(s) begins by hosting Latitudes for a month residency in Hong Kong. Latitudes will investigate the territory through looking into how it is articulated through specialist tours and attractions, and phenomena at the edge of the cultural, tourism and leisure sectors.
As part of this – and elaborating on the approach of their recent project Incidents of Travel at Casa del Lago, Mexico City – the duo invited Hong Kong-based artists Nadim Abbas, Ho Sin Tung, Yuk King Tan and Samson Young
to develop day-long tours, thus retelling the city and each
participant’s artistic concerns through personal itineraries and
Founded in 2010 by artist Paul Chan – best known for his cycle 'The 7 Lights' (2005–8) and 'Waiting for Godot' in New Orleans, realised in collaboration with Creative Time and The Classical Theatre of Harlem – Badlands Unlimited is a New York-based publishing house whose motto is “books in an expanded field”. Its publications and editions
in paper or digital forms (e-books for iPad or Kindle) acknowledge that
“historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are
dissolving rapidly”. Badlands aspires to reimagine the activity of
reading as it encompasses the artist book, choreography and poetry, 3D, experimental typography, historical translations as well as the format of the group show.
As Research Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Steven ten Thije
is part of the team of one the first public museums for contemporary
art to be established in Europe. Under the directorship of Charles Esche
since 2004, the museum has defined itself through "an experimental
approach towards art’s role in society", where "openness, hospitality
and knowledge exchange are important". Ten Thije is also a lecturer and researcher at the University of Hildesheim,
Germany, where he is studying for a doctorate in the genealogical
analysis of the exhibition curator. He was co-curator of the Spirits of Internationalism
(Van Abbemuseum, 2012), and alongside Esche, with curators Christiane
Berndes, Annie Fletcher, and Diana Franssen, he was guest curator of Play Van Abbe (2011). Subtitled The museum in the 21st Century,
this was a four-part multifaceted programme of exhibitions, research
and events in which the Van Abbemuseum reflected on the meaning and role
of the art museum. Using its collection to articulate questions about
the public's reaction to art and its contexts, the Van Abbemuseum probed
its own history and purpose alongside how cultural production has
reflected the social and political dynamics of the last twenty years.
Display of the publications. Photo: Latitudes
In response to Midway Contemporary Art Library’s holdings of museum catalogues and from publishing houses in Barcelona, Latitudes assembled a counter-accession of approximately 50 self- and micro-published books and paper editions
by artists. Each publication was the work of an artist, designer,
curator, or publishing initiative based in Barcelona or Catalonia since 2005. Although some were produced in conjunction with exhibitions, the books tended not to be traditional accompanying catalogues per se, but rather editorial propositions in themselves.