Hans Ulrich Obrist and Sou Fujimoto speaking on “Future of the Futures” in 2018

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Sou Fujimoto speaking on “Future of the Futures” in 2018

As part of this year’s curatorial platform IRL {In Real Life}, the Chat Room - using the idea of online chat rooms as a framework - will connect artists, collectors, curators, thinkers, and gallerists together, to discuss a wide range of topics in an informal setting.


Changes to the programme are possible. Please refer to this page for the latest updates

Wednesday 16 October


Opening Discussion : "Art and Technology”

Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell, Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and guest curator of ASIA NOW 2019, with Gary Zhexi Zhang, artist and writer


“Spiritually Millennial: Art and Religiosity in the Mind of the Asian Millennial Artist”

with Khairuddin Hori, Curatorial Director at Chan + Hori Contemporary and former curator at the Palais de Tokyo and Singapore Art Museum


He Xiangyu “Yellow Book” Discussion & Book Signing

with Li Zhenhua, independent curator, and He Xiangyu, artist

Thursday 17 October


“Video art's place in Asian art museums: Cernuschi Art Vidéo” (in French)

with Eric Lefebvre, Director of the Museum of the Asian arts of Paris - Musée Cernuschi, and Maël Bellec, lead curator at Musée Cernuschi

‘Cernuschi Art Vidéo #3 : Transmissions' , a selection of seven artist video works, will be screened during the fair. Click here for more information


“The Evolution of the Form and Function of Cultural Institutions”

Panel hosted by Oliva Sartogo, Founder of ARTinD and Nicole Ching, Co-founder of Museum 2050


“Does Technology Change How We Experience Art?”

with Charleen Leo, lead curator of the teamLab exhibition at the ArtScience Museum Singapore, Sylvain Levy, Co-founder of DSLcollection, Masha Faurschou, Founder of SABSAY gallery and partner at Khora Contemporary, Benoit Baume, Founder of Fisheye Magazine, and Liu Wa, artist


“The Art of Collecting New Media”

with Karen Levy, Founder of The Art of This Century, Thibaut Wychowanok, Editor-in-chief of Numéro Art and, and Margot Mottaz, Curatorial Assistant at PaceX


“The Perspective of Mandala"

with Heri Dono, artist, and Constance de Monbrison, curator at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Friday 18 October


“Dreamy, Grotesque and Surreal: Into the Deep Subconscious of Min Jung-Yeon” (in French)

with Sophie Makariou, Director of the musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet, Min Jung-Yeon, artist, Maria Lund, gallerist and Olivia Sand, journalist for the Asian Art Newspaper and author of the book “Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds”

Followed by a book signing with Olivia Sand at the entrance to the Chat Room


“The State of the Asian Art Market”

moderated by Melanie Gerlis, writer for the Financial Times, with Fang Fang, Founder of Star Gallery Beijing, Serge Tiroche, Co-founder of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Thomas Eller, Founder of Gallery Weekend Beijing and Artistic Director of “China Arts & Sciences” in Jingdezhen and Arianne Piper, art advisor

Saturday 19 October


“China VPN: a Glimpse into Chinese Subcultures”

with Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou, a duo of independent curators, Asian Eyez (aka Lhaga Koondhor), Co-founder of the all-female music collective Nüshu and Cheng Ran, artist and Founder of the digital artistic platform Martin Goya Business

Sunday 20 October


“Independent Publishing from Asia and the New Wave of Chinese Photography ”

with Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and Zhen Shi, Founder of publishing house Maison de Z and photographer