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Thailand // October 2016

 

ASIATOPIA 2016
PERFORMANCE CONFERENCE S.E. ASIA 

13 -20 OCTOBER 2016
 BANGKOK ART & CULTURE CENTRE, BANGKOK
SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY, SANAM CHANDRA PALACE CAMPUS 

DIRECTOR: CHUMPON APISUK
CO-ORDINATOR: NOPAWAN SIRIVEJKUL ASSSISTANCE : RINYAPHAT NITHIPATTARAAHNAN 

CO-ORGANIZE BY: ASIATOPIA INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART; BANGKOK ART & CULTURE CENTRE; 

FACULTY OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND PRINT MAKING, SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY 

IN CO-OPERATION WITH: LIVE ART AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES (LAPS), THEATRE ACADEMY, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, HELZINKI, FINLAND; 

ARTISTS SERVICE ASSOCIATION (EUROPE), KOLN, GERMANY 

ADVISORS: DR. WILLIAM RAY LANGENBACH / LAPS; BORIS NIESLONY / ASA; 

AMRIT CHUSUWAN/SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY 

Asiatopiais the longest-running Southeast Asian festival of performance art. Over 400 international artists have performed since 1998. Asiatopia was supported by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration from 1998-2002 and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre since 2010. Since 2011, Asiatopia has expanded into Chiangmai and Chiangrai, Korat, and Nan, providing workshops with young students and artists. 

The name Asiatopia combines words with multiple connotations. Asia, and the root of ‘u/topia’, combining the relationship between site, practice, history, social activism, idealism, the sensible body, and the impossible. 

This conference is the first time that performance practitioners in the SE Asia will come together to record its own history of performance art in the region. For the past 20 years Asiatopia Performance Art Festival has been working to promote and develop performance art as well as creating a strong regional network in the region. Utilize performance platform and exchange among artists in the festival and festivals in countries in the region. This continued exchange has allowed regional artists to also learn about lives and cultures and history of each countries. 

Why Performance Conference? 

At this conference, regional performance artist, organizers, curators, art historian will be together, sharing their account of the young history of performance art in SE Asia.The Performance Conference SE Asia 2016, includes performance art laboratory and live actions, seminars, discussions, oral histories, and publications. We will annotate the historical legacy of activist performance art in Southeast Asia: its emergence from the body-at-risk and non-aligned grass-roots social movements following the defeat of the United States in Vietnam to the present. 

Today performance art has increasingly popular art form among young artists and students.There has been regular performance workshops for young artists, organized by Asiatopia as well as other performance art festival and groups in the region. The new development of current socio-political-culture, the young performance artists has bring new images and contexts of the region, including forms and practices. While in the same time they have shared and in work in exchange alongside with the senior artists. These has brought an interesting dialogueas well as expanding context of contemporary art. 

The format of the conference focus on documenting oral histories of artists in relation to the contribution of artists and creativity to the social fabric of their respective communities will be 5 sectors with intention of sustaining networks of practitioners and theorists, and generating new networks for the future. 

How do we do it? 

1. ORAL HISTORIES: Artists and groups recollect events in the presence of their peers, who may then and there contest or add to their accounts, resulting in shared, community sense of recall and lineage creation. 

2. SEMINAR AND DISCUSSION: Airing of topics related to development of performance art in SE Asia and the historical links between Europe and SE Asia, i.e. social, political, cultural current as well as its developments 

3. PERFORMANCE LABORATORY: selected artists focuses on SE Asia will present their works and thought about performance practices. 

4. EXHIBITION: Profiling festivals, events, and publications. 

5. STUDENT EXCHANGE: Students (and independent young artists) from Europe and Asia share practices and knowledge, to be organized by the students themselves. 

Dates: Venue: Program:
13 -16 October 2016 Bangkok Art & Culture Centre Lectures & Seminars 

& Oral History 17 -19 October 2016 Silpakorn University,Sanam Chandra Palace Campus 

ASIATOPIA 2016
13 OCTOBER–
OPENING DINNER with selected talks and performances

ChumponApisuk : Introduction of organizing team:
Luckana Kunavichayanont, Nopawan Sirivejkul, Ray Langenbach, Boris Nieslony, Performance :WayangKulit 

Laboratory Students Exchange 

Heri Dono - Indonesia, Jeremy Hiah – Singapore, Vasan Sitthiket- Thailand 

5 min. Video of Lee Weng Choy speaking about the arrival of performance art in SE Asia –1996 short film by Ray Langenbach 

Dr. Apinan Poshyananda : Keynote 

14 OCTOBER–DAY 2 @ BACC :REGIONAL INHERITANCES & HISTORICAL CONTEXT 

We begin the festival with history and activism, and how Performance Art emerged from Activist and Street theatre during the periods of national revolutions, and nation- building. The session is named after the influential book The Playful Revolutionby Eugène van Erven that chronicled the efforts of grassroots theatre groups on the left in the region. The session will look at how performance art, an urban-based cosmopolitan art form concerned often with the breaking of traditions and taboos in the west, found a more politicized environment in an Asia informed by years of colonialism and imperialism. In the so-called ‘third world’ performance art became a technique for ‘playful revolution’. Vietnam to the Present in the SE Asian Context 

PM14.00-16.30 @BACC : The Playful Revolution Roundtable SEA Activist Performance and Performance Art (Continued) 

Evening Performance:

Facilitators Boris Nieslony & Chumpon Apisuk Presenters: Surapol Phanyawachira 

Amanda Heng Tran Luong Lee Wen 

15 OCTOBER–DAY 3 @ BACC :TABOO,CENSORSHIP & CURATING: THE STRUGGLE OVER HISTORICAL NARRATIVES 

How is history told, by whom and to whom? What is remembered and repeated and what is left out and forgotten? Performance artists often find themselves on the front lines of this struggle over what versions of history in SE Asian countries are told and re- told and the development of new methodologies of storytelling. We have all seen the expressions on the faces of young viewers as they realize that how something is said is as important as what is said. Performance art is a powerful pedagogical tool in the struggle for discursive power. 

AM 10.00 - 12.30@ BACC: Censorship in the Region Roundtable(Regional Taboo) 

PM 14.00-16.30 @ BACC: Curating Performance – Roundtable All curators with experience.

PM 16.45- 17.45: Oral Histories project: Thailand : Room I
PM 16.45- 17.45: Oral Histories project : Philippines : Room II 

EVENING 19.00 – 23.00: Performances @ BACC Presenters: 

Hai Duc Le and Thanh Ngoc Le - Vietnam 

Jittima Pholsewok – Thai Mideo M Cruz - Philippines 

Liew Kungyu – Malaysia Irma Optimist – Finland 

16OCTOBER–DAY 4 @ BACC: IDENTITIES
The focus is on Identities and prejudices: women, gay, transsexual, racial. AM 10 -12.30 @ BACC: Women in SE Asian Performance Art Roundtable 

PM 14-16.30 @ BACC:The Plurality of Differences: Queering Performance Art PM 16.45- 17.45: Oral Histories project : Singapore : ROOM I
PM 16.30- 17.45: Oral Histories project: Indonesia : ROOM II 

EVENING 19.00 – 23.00 Performances @ BACC Presenters:
Lina Adam – Singapore
Ma Ei - Myanmar 

RoiVaara&(SF) BeateLinne- Finland & Germany Willem Wilhelmus 

17 OCTOBER– WORKSHOPS
at SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY, SANAM CHANDRA PALACE CAMPUS 

PM ; 15.00 – 17.30 : New developments in performance & live art including Socially engaged performance, community interventions, ecology & environmental-based performance 

Evening Performances: 19:00 – 23:00 Presenters: 

MongkolPlienbangchang - Thai Varsha Nair – India/Thai Evamaria Schaller - Germany AliansyahCaniago – Indonesia Christiane Obermayr– Germany 

Ho Rui An- Singapore
Tomasz Szrama-Poland
18OCTOBER : at SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY, SANAM CHANDRA PALACE CAMPUS 08.30 - 12.00 - Boris Nieslony Performance Lab
0830 -12.00 –(TF) Evamaria Schaller
09.30 – 13.00 – (SF) Ivor Stodolsky&(SF) MaritaMuukkonen   

14:00 – 18:00 Boris Nieslony Performance Lab (cont.) 14:00 – 18:00 Evamaria Schaller
14:00 – 18:00 – Ivor Stodolsky & MaritaMuukkonen

PM 13.30 – 15.00 : Oral Histories project : Myanmar PM 15.45 – 17.45 : Oral Histories project : Vietnam 

19 October at SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY, SANAM CHANDRA PALACE CAMPUS PM 15.00 – 20.00 Performances by Thai and International Students 


 


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