The Power Institute, together with the School of Literature, Arts and Media and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, presents the symposium ‘Art, Digitality and Canon-making?’ as part of the Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories project. Following the symposium, on 19 October the Womanifesto archive exhibition opens at Cross Art Projects, with original works by members of the Womanifesto collective. Join us for two days of exciting presentations, conversations and art.
This symposium continues conversations first initiated in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in April this year entitled Art, Design and Canon-making? By harnessing the potential of digital tools and methodologies in academic research and digital humanities, the symposium aspires to form a bridge between the tools and ideas in the hope of providing a platform for the presentation of new research on gender broadly, and for the rethinking of frameworks, approaches and methodologies in the writing of feminist and area art histories.
Attempts to scrutinise and challenge canon-making processes from feminist perspectives are often characterised as “re-telling a compensatory history”, in the words of Flaudette May Datuin (University of the Phillipines). Considering each of the various activities involved in feminist art historical work among others, papers presented at this symposium move from thinking with the questions of researching and writing, to questions of making and using archives, as well as approaching and interpreting information, art, and their absences. This symposium offers the opportunity to explore the potential of digital approaches in discourses of gender in Southeast Asian art histories as well as to come to terms with the critical and scholarly issues that may arise.
The event concludes with the opening of an exhibition of the Womanifesto archive at The Cross Art Projects on 19 October. This exhibition foregrounds the voices of several of the artists and organisers involved in this ongoing international project, which began more than two decades ago in Thailand. The Womanifesto archive and exhibition shifts our attention to art and artists, and their own agential role in constructing and resisting the canon, including their use of digital tools.
Day 1 – symposium
9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 18 October 2019
New Law School Foyer
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Day 2 – Womanifesto exhibition opening
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday 19 October 2019
Cross Art Projects
8 Llankelly Pl, Potts Point NSW 2011
Register for tickets here.
Download the programme here. Or scan the code.
(Note: all attendees must be registered to attend.)
Dr Yvonne Low, University of Sydney
Dr Catriona Moore, University of Sydney
Dr Roger Nelson, National Gallery Singapore
Dr Clare Veal, LASALLE College of the Arts
Prof Flaudette May Datuin, University of the Philippines
Dr Siobhan Campbell, University of Sydney
Dr Wulan Dirgantoro, University of Melbourne
Greg Doyle, University of Sydney
Dr Jaya Jacobo, University of the Philippines
Varsha Nair, Womanifesto
Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Womanifesto
Nitaya Ueareeworakul, Womanifesto
Wong Bing Hao, Independent writer and researcher
Michelle Wong, Asia Art Archive
We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, including for parents and care-givers. The organisers offer reimbursement for childcare services required by participants during the symposium and related events. This reimbursement is offered in place of on-site childcare, which regrettably we are unable to provide. If you require childcare support during your participation, please contact the organisers no later than 5 October 2019.
This symposium is supported by the Power Institute together with the School of Literature, Arts and Media and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. The organisers gratefully acknowledge the partnership of Cross Art Projects for the Womanifesto archive exhibition, and the support of Asia Art Archive and John Cruthers and Professor Elaine Baker.