CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART EDUCATION ART EVENTS RESOURCES
Materials from Hong Kong’s Asia Art Archive (AAA) collection are journeying outside the walls of the organisation for the first time in an Asia-wide tour. At each location the public is being encouraged to “edit” the books in any way they like including tearing them or writing and drawing on them.
The tour’s first stop is independent art space, Sàn Art, located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where an “organic library” has been growing since 24 February, 2011.
Approximately 180 items—including monographs, exhibition catalogues, reference books, and magazines, most of which relate conceptually to mobility, travel, and exchange—form the Mobile Library collection. In addition to reading the material, the public is encouraged to ‘edit’ it by writing, drawing, highlighting, adhering notes and pictures, and even tearing out pages. Through these actions, people will reinterpret these documents, as well as engage in a dialogue amongst themselves. The material, as the platform for communication, will eventually become a record of the Open Edit process.
The first archive project of its kind in Vietnam, where contemporary art is scarcely represented in public libraries, the Mobile Library will showcase a vibrant cross-section of the region’s artistic talent and create an experimental sphere for public participation in the discourse of contemporary art in Asia. AAA hopes that this process of inclusion will challenge the canon established by the traditional intent of the archive—material conservation—and invite new perspectives and meanings.
Hong Kong artist Jaffa Lam has created a series of Mobile Library “containers” which hold the books and research materials at each site they travel to. Part of the artist’s ongoing project ‘Micro Economy’, begun in 2009, they are designed to resemble a plant pod with the materials acting as “seeds”. The containers are made of umbrella fabric and rice bags and library users are encouraged to interact with them in various ways.
As part of this archival project, Sàn Art is running a series of education programmes called “Books Set Sail” where members of the public are invited to interact with local artists and the AAA materials. The four events that remain in the series are:
- 17 March, 2011 | 6:30pm | Nguyen Kim To Lan and Nguyen Huu Nghia
- 24 March, 2011 | 6:30pm | Jason Picard
- 31 March, 2011 | 6:30pm | Le Hoang Bich Phuong and Le Thi Bich Khoa
- 7 April, 2011 | 6:30pm | Truong Cong Tung and Phan Thao Nguyen; Jaffa Lam (Hong Kong)
The Vietnam leg of Open Edit: Mobile Library will continue at Sàn Art until 9 April, 2011. The gallery will hold a closing party on this night from 6:00pm.
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- Will Vietnamese non-profit art space Sàn Art shift the art scene from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city? – interview Dinh Q Le – December 2009 – find out more about this independent Vietnamese space