Re-Imagining Asia - Conference
Ranjit Hoskoté, poet, art critic, translator and chairman of the PEN Club of India
Ming Tiampo, curator and art historian, Carleton University Ottawa
and artists of the exhibition Re-Imagining Asia:
Kim Jongku, Korea
Parastou Forouhar, Germany/Iran
Sun K. Kwak, Korea/USA
Song Dong, PR China
Shen Shaomin, PR China
Ujino Muneteru, Japan
Manabu Ikeda, Japan
Zhang Dali, China
Moderation: Shaheen Merali and Wu Hung, curators
Ranjit Hoskoté, born in Bombay in 1969, is a cultural critic, poet, chairman of the Indian PEN-Clubs and curator of countless exhibitions of Indian and Asian art. Only recently, he wrote the pamphlet Kampfabsage together with the novelist Ilija Trojanow (curator of the festival AVATAR. Asiens Erzähler within the framework of RE-ASIA) which is an intellectual point of departure for Re-Imagining Asia together with his paper on the migration of the popular Indian epic Ramayana. Hoskote’s thesis on Asia’s great stories is that traditional texts, and even religious epics, can certainly explode the alleged framework from which they originate; when they are replanted, they blossom in new form.
Ming Tiampo teaches art history at Carleton University in Ottawa/Canada. She specialises in cultural communication in international relations, focusing on Japan’s cultural exchange with the West. In her current book project, she examines the degree to which the transnational activities of the avant-garde art group Gutai has contributed towards the theorisation of modernity outside the Euro-American context. Ming Tiampo has published works and taught in Canada, France, Germany, the USA and elsewhere. She is an associate member of the ICI Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. Her contribution to the exhibition catalogue Re-Imagining Asia is entitled: Cultural translation as interpoetic relations.