Presented by Prof.Patrick D. Flores
In 1982, the art historian Kanaga Sabapathy presented a paper at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Exhibition and Art Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. The occasion offered him the opportunity to respond to the “curatorial strategies” and “critical purposes” of the exhibition Landscapes in Contemporary Art Forms. He advanced two propositions that may underlie the production of art in the region: the relationship between existence and expression and the relationship between environment and expression. In his mind, these propositions can only be elaborated upon and rendered productive by “comprehensive inter-disciplinary approaches.” This seminar converses with Sabapathy’s notion of “environment” as a premise to the understanding of existence and expression. It focuses on the tropes of development and decay in contemplating the region as an art historical ecology.
This seminar is organised by the Asia Environments group of the Asia Institute, with support from the Asia Institute and the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.