FIELD MEETING Take 4: Thinking Practice

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Asia Society Museum, New York, United States
11 Nov 2016 - 12 Nov 2016

FIELD MEETING Take 4: Thinking Practice

Shezad Dawood, Nature Interpretation Center, Kalimpong Hill Station. Image source:, as part of the artist’s research for his lecture-performance, “A Virtual Tour of Kalimpong” for FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice

Now an annual signature event of Asia Contemporary Art Week, FIELD MEETING Take 4: Thinking Practice is a two-day art forum dedicated to the exhibition of newly conceived performances, lecture-performances, and lively discussions by 30 compelling figures, hosted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Asia Society Museum, New York on November 11 & 12.

Emulating the experience of a studio visit on a communal scale, FIELD MEETING yields an experimental and performative realm for creative individuals to embody their work through their own presence to an exclusive audience of New York & US-based curators, scholars, and museum directors. The program transcends conventional educational symposia to stage a showcasing of people, their ideas, research, and significant activities, whereby new materials, concepts and projects are tested and reflected upon collectively.

Taking place just days after the United States presidential elections, FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice addresses strategies that allow art practitioners to maintain sovereignty over their own voice as world citizens and commentators amidst the pervasively hostile political climate and marginalizing forces of conservatism, socio-economic constraints, immigration crises, and border policing. Beyond resisting these mediations and enclosures, how do artists working within the realm of Asia also contend with art world prescriptions and specificities, such as institutional representation, established historical trajectories, aesthetic and cultural impositions, and shifting market demands?

Making art and discourse entails an intentional daily undertaking to forward the journey of an idea as opposed to an end product. Thinking Practice is therefore an inquiry into ongoing processes, research-based practices and methodologies, spanning multiple mediums and disciplines to explore individual and collective experience with much greater nuance. It aims to facilitate meaningful exchanges while sparking lasting relationships between US & Asia-based artists, arts professionals and organizations for future collaborations. The roster of presenting artists and professionals also expresses the great flux of often-overlooked programmatic achievements and institutional efforts both inside and outside of Asia.

Curated by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady, with performances and lecture-performances by:
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Ramallah and New York) / Amina Ahmed (Tehran, London and New York) / Heba Y. Amin (Cairo and Berlin) / Xyza Cruz Bacani (Hong Kong and Bambang) / Wafaa Bilal (Najaf and New York) / T-Yong Chung (Tae-Gu, Milan and Venice), Mary Ellen Carroll (Houston and New York) / Shezad Dawood (London) / Erin Gleeson (Phnom Penh and London) / Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Beirut), Ho Rui An (Singapore), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore and Berlin) / Chia-En Jao (Taipei) / Michael Joo (New York) / Anthony Lee (New York) / Charles Lim (Singapore) / Loo Zihan (Singapore), Jennifer Wen Ma (Beijing and New York) / Umashankar Manthravadi (Bangalore) / Natasa Petresin-Bachelez (Slovenia and Paris) / Yasmin Jahan Nupur (Dhaka) / Sarah Rifky (Cairo and Boston) / Mithu Sen (New Delhi), Mami Kataoka (Tokyo) / Raha Raissnia (Tehran and New York) / Rashid Rana (Lahore) / Jonas Staal (Amsterdam) / Ye Funa (Beijing), among others

Advance registration for arts professionals is required, click here.

In its 11th edition, Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) expands beyond its usual format to captivate the momentous energy of the field through a full season-long platform of cutting-edge exhibitions and public programs at leading Consortium partner and participating museums and galleries citywide—September 8 thru November 18, 2016—culminating in the 4th take of FIELD MEETING, alongside other special events.

Consortium partners / participating and supporting institutions:
Asia Society Museum / ArteEast / Asia Art Archive in America / Japan Society / The Metropolitan Museum of Art / MoMA | Museum of Modern Art / Queens Museum / Rubin Museum of Art / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Twelve Gates Arts / +91 Foundation / Reversible Destiny Foundation / Aicon Gallery / Art Projects International / Chambers Fine Art / DAG Modern / Doosan Gallery / Lisson Gallery / Owen James Gallery / Ronin Gallery / Roya Khadjavi Projects / Ryan Lee Gallery / Sundaram Tagore Gallery / Tyler Rollins Fine Art / Ab-Anbar Gallery (Tehran) / Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) / Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) / Exhibit320 (New Delhi) / Future Perfect (Singapore) / Galeri Zilberman (Istanbul) / Ink Studio (Beijing) / Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) / Otto Zoo Gallery (Milan) / Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur) / Sa Sa Bassac (Phnom Penh) / Space Station (Beijing) / The Third Line Gallery (Dubai)

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