Nobuo Takamori is a Taipei-based independent curator and is also the co-founder of the curatorial group Outsiders Factory. Here, he provides the first insightful overview of the rise of independent spaces vis-a-vis the political shifts in Taiwan from the 1980's onwards. Nobuo has also provided a generous list of art spaces in Taiwan. This list is included in the article as an open resource.
Filipino-American writer Patricia Tumang has recently received the Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In this article, she traces her journey into the visual arts as a parallel one to her mother's - starting from her childhood visits to Manila to her scholarship on the twenty women of Malolos, and finally to her enquiries into the image of the Filipina artist through her current research grant.
Susan Gibb is an independent curator from Sydney. She ran a curatorial project in the form of Society from a shop-front residence in Sydney from 2011-2012. Here, she speaks about the program of Society and extends to the bigger independent art scene in Australia. She shares a list of independent initiatives that she often looks to for her curatorial research. The list is a downloadable PDF that is found at the end of the article.
Arvin Flores talks about current collaborative practices in the visual arts in the light of the group exhibition featuring Gerry Tan, David Griggs, Manuel Ocampo, Carlo Ricafort, Juan Carlos Quintana and himself at Skyline College in California.
Stephanie Syjuco shares the in's and out's of her make-shift gift store/exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from November 2010 to May 2011.
Krem Contemporary Art was an initiative by poet and artist Marc Gaba that set itself in what he calls the provincia part of Quezon City in 17 January 2011. As it closed its doors after a year of operation Marc talks about his own brand of alternative space and provides a report on its successful activities vis-a-vis shows that did not materialize - all the while consciously mapping its sustainability efforts and the span of raison d'être to its community.
Con Cabrera and Marika Constantino join their heads together to ruminate on their experience and learnings in the HAO Summit 2012 last August 2012 in Singapore. At the same time this is a report on how parallel, particular turns (into the curatorial and into the COLLABoratory) are directing them into a bigger community that is constantly on the lookout for artistic convergences.
In this podcast (originally aired in November 2010), Leeza Ahmady talks with Patrick Flores, one of the most active curators working in Southeast Asia today, just after completion of his four-month research grant from the Asian Cultural Council to study the modern-to-contemporary shift in American Museums. Courtesy of the Program from Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art, hosted and produced by Leeza Ahmady, Independent Curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week in New York City.
2011 has An Xiao Mina increasingly engaged in China and the Philippines. Through her field of interest on the impact artistic practices make to the bigger social sphere, she recalls the projects and affiliates that raise awareness to issues in society that is often overlooked. This reflection draws threads between the two communities, and identifies that the internet is a big factor in mobilizing opportunities for change.
Eliza Barrios curated The Projection Series, a program at the Luggage Store in San Francisco that featured window installations and large scale sculptures which involved artists from the locale, the Philippines and beyond. This text expounds on Eliza's community-engaged address practice and shines light on the overall initiative stimulated on to the Mid-Market location in San Francisco.