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asiatopia 2005

The Southeast Asian Performance Art Symposium and Asiatopia 2005 has ended. Much was seen and discussed. Several problems regarding performance art, our regional and international challenges were raised over the last several days. I will be posting photographs once I return to Vietnam.

I've been largely confined to an internet cafe down the street with a terrible connection and sticky keyboard.

Today, I am slowing the down the pace and catching up with emails before departing for Yangon, Myanmar tomorrow morning in connection with my "Mediating the Mekong" research project made possible with the Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant and the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. In fact I was able to have met several people affiliated with the Archive over the past days, including Juliana and Weng Choy (Singapore), Thereeda and Jeab (Thailand), Tran Luong (Vietnam).

Unfortunately, I will not be attending the Saigon Biennale conference on December 1-2. I hope many important issues will be raised regarding the development of contemporary arts in Ho Chi Minh City, and that all parties involved will be forthright and sincere. I've learned something here over the past days, and hope to carry the positive inertia back with me into Saigon. 

I am still digesting the many conversations about art, politics, organization and performance from the past days. Lynn Lu (Singapore, now based in Tokyo) and I had some interesting connections and mutual concerns and I have been deeply affected (or perhaps, prepared) by my conversations with Chaw Ei (Myanmar). Keiko Sei has kindly provided me with some interesting artists for my upcoming visit. There may be opportunities for collaboration, particularly in Beijing and Taipei (I know, of all two places to bridge). Short conversations with Ray and Weng Choy were extremely rewarding.

I will be sorting out information and re-establishing contact with colleagues and new friends as soon as I return to Vietnam from Myanmar, as well as chronologically retroposting entries containing some notes of each day. With the exception of a sore shoulder, my body feels great. I hope it can keep up with me just a few days more.

-RST

Information
Tourism Authority of Thailand. Southeast Asia Performance Art Symposium 

Posted by on November 29, 2005 3:02 PM |



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