Hello It's Me, Goodbye: Andy Warhol's Cinema's Openging Talks

2012-12-16 13:00 - 15:00

Hello It's Me, Goodbye: Andy Warhol's Cinema's Openging Talks

When: 16 Dec 2012 Sun 13:00-15:00
Where: Osage Gallery

 Bob Dylan

Andy Warhol
Screen Test: Bob Dylan, 1966
16mm film, black and white, silent, 4 minutes at 16 frames per second
©2012 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute.All rights reserved.
Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum

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Hello It's Me, Goodbye: Andy Warhol's Cinema - Osage Gallery

Moderators: Yason Banal (Artist and Curator), Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director/Curator of Para/Site Art Space)
Talkers: Eric Shiner (Director of The Andy Warhol Museum), Giorgio Biancorosso (Associate Professor, Music Department, The University of Hong Kong), Ming Wong (Artist), Cao Fei (Artist), Sandy Ma (Specialist in Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Christie's), Roger Garcia (Executive Director, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society)

To accompany the screenings we believe it is vital to stage a live discussion, and by a variety of voices at that, of Warhol's films. This is because no single body of film work responds to the circumstances of reception as productively, and unpredictably, as Warhol's films do. To screen a Warhol film is to 'perform' it and to discuss it is not simply to play or re-play it but to reactivate its haunting presence. Our round table, therefore, will not consist of a reading of scripted texts but rather the re-working of ideas and impressions not only in the presence of others but also, and just as important, the presence of the films themselves in the gallery.

The films are porous and call for endless remakes, as it were; this turns the audience into makers of a sort. For all their vulnerability to the vagaries of individual response and specific venues, the films also confront us with some hard facts - prime among them is the materiality of the medium. Be it the film, light, surface, or projection apparatus, we are time and again made aware of the arte-factualnature of the people, objects, and places we see (and hear) on the screen. The effect can be hilarious, veer toward the prosaic, or verge on the sublime, as when the objecthood of a prop or the reality of an emotion recorded by the camera hit us with unremitting force. Nothing can negotiate the liminal space between the material and the immaterial, and put it to a test, as a much as a live discussion among people in the flesh. Central to this live discussion of Warhol's work is also its locale - Hong Kong. For the time seems ripe, not only for echoing here in Hong Kong some of the ideas germinating around Warhol's film work but jump in as agents of change. That is why we aim to create a dialogue among some of the people closest to the geographical and spiritual center of Warhol's art - New York - but also cast them alongside artists, curators, and market representatives who, while deeply aware of, or indebted to, Warhol's legacy, are based in Asia.


Moderator: Cosmin Costinas
Cosmin Costinas (b. 1982, Romania) is the Executive Director/Curator of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. He was the Curator of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands (2008-2011), co-curator (with Ekaterina Degot and David Riff) of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, entitled Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, Ekaterinburg, 2010, and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel/Vienna (2005-2007). He is an advisory board member of Patterns/Erste Foundation, Vienna, Austria. He co-authored the novel Philip (2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across the world. Costinas has taught and lectured at different universities and art academies in Europe and Asia. Other curatorial projects include: Acts of Voicing (with Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ and Christine Peters), Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2012, upcoming); After the Final Simplification of Ruins. Forms of historiography in given places, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2009; The Demon of Comparisons, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2009; Like an Attali Report, but Different. On Fiction and Political Imagination, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2008; and Textground, Display Gallery, Prague, 2004.


Eric Shiner
Eric C. Shiner is the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. His scholarly focus is on the concept of bodily transformation in postwar Japanese photography, painting and performance art. Shiner was an assistant curator of the Yokohama Triennale 2001, Japan's first ever large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, and the curator of Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York at Japan Society in 2007. He is an active writer and translator, a contributing editor for Art AsiaPacific magazine, and was most recently adjunct professor of art history at Cooper Union, Pace University and Stony Brook University. Shiner's hometown is New Castle, PA. He received a Bachelor of Philosophy in The History of Art & Architecture and Japanese Language & Literature from Pitt Honors College in 1994, an M.A. in The History of Art from Osaka University in 2001, and another M.A. in The History of Art from Yale in 2003.


Cao Fei
Graduated from the Affiliated Middle School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (1997), Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (2001), CAO is acknowledged as one of the key artists of a new generation emerging from Mainland China. Her works varied from multimedia installations, videos, films, photography to performance, reflecting on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. Her recent project RMB CITY (2008-2011), a virtual city constructed in the popular 3D online game “Second Life”, has been exhibited in Deutsche Guggenheim (2010), Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009), Serpentine Gallery, London (2008), Yokohama Triennale (2008). I. Mirror by China Tracy, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), Chinese Pavilion. Cao Fei also participated in 17th & 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006/2010), Moscow Biennale (2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004), 50th Venice Biennale (2003). She is the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010 and Victor Pinchuk Foundation The Future Generation Art Prize 2010, and won The 2006 Best Young Artist Award by CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Award).


Ming Wong
Singapore-born and Berlin-based, artist builds layers of cinematic language, social structure, identity and introspection through his own re-telling of world cinema.Diploma of Fine Arts (Chinese Art) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore; MFA (Fine Art Media) at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Solo exhibitions had been held globally in Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Frye Art Museum, Washington, USA; Singapore Art Museum etc. Singapore representative of the 2009 53rd Venice Biennale Singapore Pavilion, his presentation 'Life of Imitation' wong the Special Mention Awards (Expanding Worlds) of The 53rd Venice Biennale International Jury. He will have a new solo exhibition at the Sheiseido Gallery in Tokyo in 2013.


Roger Garcia
Roger Garcia graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Leeds. He was director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival in the late 1970s. He has served as consultant and juror on many international film festivals in the US, Europe and Asia. His articles and books on cinema have been published by Asiaweek, British Film Institute, Cahiers du Cinema, Far East Film Festival Udine, Film Comment, Variety among others. As producer he has worked on studio pictures in Hollywood and experimental and independent films in Asia. His television work includes creating and producing the first program on Asian and Asian American cinema for Comcast cable TV in the US. He has been executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society since 2010.


Giorgio Biancorosso
Giorgio Biancorosso holds a PhD in Musicology from Princeton University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows, Columbia University. He now teaches Music and Film Studies at the University of Hong Kong and is an invited speaker regionally and globally on music and the arts. Biancorosso is completing Musical Aesthetics Through Cinema for Oxford University Press.


Sandy Ma
Sandy Ma began her career at Christie's in 2008 and is a specialist in the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department at Christie's in Hong Kong. Sandy focuses on client advisory and business getting in Hong Kong and overseas, and is responsible for research, cataloguing, exhibition and auction. Sandy received her B.A. in Art History and Studio in Painting from Colby College, Maine, USA, and studied Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007. Sandy is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Christie's, the world's leading art business, is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie's has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world.


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