Media, Communication, Digitalization
What is common Asia? Or what is not? What are the landmark qualities that are no longer dominant? What is often unseen but is sensed, experienced and felt as distinctively Asian? By posting such questions in a cross-disciplinary encounter of artists and scholars working on the region, Aesthetic Encounters aims to contribute to different understandings of Asia, overcoming generalized (self) understandings of things, people, practices and places as ‘Asian’. Proposing a possible new lens to project the complexity of contemporary Asia, the roundtable focuses on (Asian) aesthetics, both as a possible method and as a topic of investigation.
From the classic Treason of Images (This is Not a Pipe) by René Magritte to Human Flow, a new documentary by Ai Weiwei, artistic practice often calls for a new perception of current reality. In social sciences, the significance of aesthetics for understanding our contemporary world has become widely acknowledged. Aesthetic Encounters is a strategic roundtable that brings together participants across the arts & humanities disciplines such as anthropologists, social scientists, researchers, artists, designers, and curators, both experienced and the upcoming, whose works explore changes and politics in the contemporary Asia Pacific.
The goal of the roundtable is to discover the directions and possibilities to create new pathways for productive collaboration across those disciplines. How can artistic and social researches contribute to one another in communicating with society at large? What kind of set up would be fruitful? What are the methodologies that can be introduced to enrich the production of knowledge of other fields? Though strategic meet-up sessions that enable participants to share and exchange practices, perceptions and experiences out of their professional bubbles, we aim to formulate a crossover statement that will contribute to a new momentum for collective futures; creating alternative lenses to see our complex global realities.