Apr 13th 2019

The ASIA//TECHNICS symposium will seek to re-imagine notions of nation, labour, and culture as they are transformed by the flows of techno-capital in a multiplicity of Asias. We cast Asian futurity into relief against AI-assisted technologies that entertain and monitor, special economic zones that bring prosperity and displacement, and other sites responsible for creating Asia’s polymorphous technical cultures.

We are excited to bring together 8 scholars from around the Chicago area as well as our keynote speaker, Xin Wang to present at ASIA//TECHNICS.

XIN WANG is an art historian and curator based in New York. Past curatorial projects include artist Lu Yang’s solo debut in New York: Arcade (2014, New York), THE BANK SHOW: Vive le Capital and THE BANK SHOW: Hito Steyerl(2015, Shanghai), chin(A)frica: an interface (2017, New York), and Life and Dreams: Photography and Media Art in China since the 1990s (2018, Ulm, Germany). Her writing has appeared in E-flux journal (https://www.e-flux.com/journal/81/126662/asian-futurism-and-the-non-other/), Artforum, Kaleidoscope, Hyperallergic, and Leap. Currently pursuing a PhD in modern and contemporary art at Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Wang also works as the Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art and manages the discursive archive on Asian Futurisms at afuturism.tumblr.com

Panel 1: NATIONALISM & THE CONTROL SOCIETY (Moderated Q+A by Raksha Thakur)
Brian Ng
Duncan Bass
And more

Panel 2: CULTURE/TECHNOLOGY/LABOR (Moderated Q+A by Minh Nguyen)
H.C. Julian Lin
Zoey Martin-Lockhart
Daniel Gómez Dugand

Panel 3: ASIAN FUTURITY (Moderated Q+A by Nicky Ni)
Sabine Schulz
Guangshuo Yang


Co-hosted by Asian and Asian American Students at SAIC (AAASS). // This symposium is generously made possible by SAIC’s Student Government, Department of Visual and Critical Studies, Department of Art History, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Diversity Advisory Group.

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