Video Art Asia Screenings & Films on Collecting Asian Art
Curated by CoBo Social
For the first time, CoBo Social is invited by Asia Now to curate and showcase a selection of cutting-edge video works by Asia-based artists, as part of CoBo Social’s video art database project, Video Art Asia. CoBo Social will also present double-bill screening of two documentaries about collectors of Asian art, “The 24 Hour Art Practice” and “Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary”, by renowned Singaporean documentarist Patricia Chen. The director will be present during the screening for a “Meet the Director” post-screening event.
Films on Collecting Asian Art - Patricia Chen in Feature
Saturday 20 Oct 2:30pm-4:30pm
The 24-Hour Art Practice (~ 55 mins)
The film, 24-Hour Art Practice, traces the journey of Dr. Oei (OHD), a whimsical godfather of Indonesian art who amassed one of the most significant collections of modern Indonesian art by adopting a round-the-clock open-door policy for sellers and visitors to his home. When he was alleged with attempting to authenticate fake works in his collection, the Indonesian art world became incensed and knotted over issues of provenance, authentication and accountability.
Set in the emerging art scene of Indonesia, this is the story of a singular collector and his unique ways of collecting, curating and sharing art works in his collection. It is also a story about the challenges faced by private art collecting in Indonesia and the expectations of the larger community when a collection is perceived to be representing the nation. The film addresses and raises for thought, issues of authenticity and provenance, of responsibility and accountability, of the tensions between public legacies and private succession plans for a cultural collection, and points to the crises of a proliferation of opinions but dearth of authenticating methodologies and authoritative sources.
Uli Sigg : China’s Art Missionary (~25 mins)
The journey of Swiss art collector, Uli Sigg, into the heart of the Chinese cultural space, as a preserver and custodian of cultural assets which is not his own -- challenging ethical thresholds and navigating cross-cultural boundaries. Through the lens of art, it reveals that dogged determination coupled with passion can sometimes supersede cultural affinity and geographical proximity in instituting legacies.
Video Art Asia Screening Program
Saturday 20 Oct 5pm-6.30pm
Sunday 21 Oct 11am-12:30pm
For the first time, CoBo Social will showcase at Asia Now a selection of cutting-edge video works by Asia-based artists, as part of CoBo Social’s video art database project, Video Art Asia. Produced in the last two decades, these works collectively reflect the shifting perspectives and sensibility of a whole new generation of artists grown up in the rapid economic transformation in the Asian societies. A total of 25 video works by 20 artists & artist-collectives from 9 Asian regions are selected from the Video Art Asia online database, a research platform launched by CoBo Social in September 2017. These include Chinese artist Chen Tianzhou’s 19:53 (2015) which is an explicit reference to contemporary drug culture, alternative lifestyles and social freaks; Filipino-Dutch artist Martha Atienza’s Anito (2015) which record a Christianized animistic festival on Bantayan Island slowly turns into madness; Singaporean artist Sarah Choo’s Nowhere Near (2016) that depicts a panoramic composite of documented scenes across Paris, London and New York; Cambodian artist Svay Sareth’s I, Svay Sareth, eat rubber sandals (2015), a reference to both Jørgen Leth’s Andy Warhol eating a burger and Svay’s experience at a refugee camp during the war; Hong Kong artist Wong Ping’s Who’s the Daddy (2017), which introduces the tale of a disgraceful man who unexpectedly stumbles across the path of child rearing; Thai artist Kawita Vatanajyankur’s Scale 2 (2015), in which women’s daily chores are turned into “meditation postures” with resilience and fear.