Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art

This conference addresses historical and contemporary manifestations of spatio-temporality in Asian art. The conference results from an understanding of sustained trajectories of spatio-temporal practices in various art traditions in the Asian region. In addition to the relatively recent international visibility of ‘new media’ art, there are pronounced instances of time and space being addressed together in various art traditions in across the Asian region, ranging from the murals of Ajanta and Dun Huang (Mogao) to contemporary video installations. The conference accommodates a broad interpretation of the theme, thinking about ‘moving image cultures’ as ways of comprehending and representing time in space. We are interested to understand the moving image in Asian art as not being restricted to cinematic or digital domains, but claiming deeper historical developments through various two-, three- and four-dimensional practices. Potentials of ‘moving image’ practices and theorisations to rearticulate relationships between the past, present and future are a central consideration for this conference. The conference also features the participation of invited international including artists, curators and art historians.


In addition to papers concerned with video, film and animation (and their histories), we welcome studies that reflect on other ways of encountering time and space in art. Such practices may include handscrolls, murals and other forms of narrative painting, shadow plays, photographic series, narrative cartographies, as well as forms of performance or performative image practices (for instance, storytelling with pictorial aids). We are particularly interested in exploring the many historical and contemporary valences of such practices, and their relevance to (Asian) art history by bringing together art practitioners, curators and scholars from Australia and overseas.

Convenors: Chaitanya Sambrani (School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU) and Olivier Krischer (Australian Centre on China in the World, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU).
The conference will take place at the Australian National University, Canberra, 26-28 August 2016.

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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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