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The Sydney Asian Art Series presents

leading international voices on early,

modern and contemporary Asian art.

Art & Technology

In 2020 the Sydney Asian Art Series invites four international speakers to reflect on the theme of Art and Technology. If the modern period has been described as that of the ‘mechanical’ or reproducible image, the contemporary is marked by a visual fluidity that saturates our lives in images. When much of our work or play is mediated by haptic screens, can we learn something about the genesis of such media from artistic cultures across Asia, then and now? How have image technologies been fashioned in the visual arts of Asia? With this theme we seek to encourage thinking about the ways in which technologies became visual media, and visual media were also forms of technology. As production and conception of visual technologies has shifted to Asia throughout the twentieth century, it is timely to ask how artists in this region have used and shaped such technologies, in ways both resonant and distinct from their global peers, in moving images from contemporary Hong Kong to the photography of a newly independent India; in the ink paintings of a 1960s Chinese coal mine, to Japanese copperplate reproductions of art in 1880s Shanghai.


Reimagining and Conserving the Disappearance of Hong Kong through Moving Image

Yung Ma 

  • 10 March 2020, 6pm
  • Yung Ma is Artistic Director of Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2020.


The Image Archive: Analog thinking and digital practice

Rahaab Allana 

  • 6 May 2020
  • Rahaab Allana is Curator and researcher for the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi, as well as an accomplished publisher, collector and photographer in his own right.


The Technological Sublime: An Ink Painter and a Coal Mine in 1960s China

Lisa Claypool 

  • September 2020
  • Lisa Claypool teaches and curates Chinese art at the University of Alberta.


Mediating Tradition: Japanese Copperplate Printing and Art Reproduction in 1880s Shanghai

Lai Yu-chih

  • October 2020
  • Yu-chih LAI received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University and is an associate researcher in the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.


Earlier series

SAAS 2019: ‘Art and Urban Cultures’

SAAS 2018: ‘Uncertain objects: trajectories of Asian art’



Presented by

This series of talks and events is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas. Originating in and celebrating the very latest and best scholarship in Asian art from around the world, this initiative complements the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ innovative exhibition program in Asian art, and the University of Sydney’s region-leading programs in the arts and cultures of Asia.


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Image: Sukanya Ghosh, from the series ‘Isometries’, Archival Photographs and Mixed Media, 2018, The Alkazi Collection of Photography. From the lecture The Image Archive: Analog thinking and digital practice by Rahaab Allana.

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