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	Image: Wadachi Tomo-o Self-portrait with spectacles 1923 (detail), oil on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama

Symposium: Tilting the world

Histories of modern and contemporary Asian art

Tilting the world brings to Sydney international experts and emerging scholars to discuss the past, present and future of Asian art.

Collectively, this symposium asks: what is at stake in the study of modern and contemporary Asian art cultures today, particularly as we head into what is being styled 'the Asian Century’? The symposium honours the career of Professor John Clark, who retires this year from the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney.

Tilting the world is a two-day symposium. Day one (Friday 29 November) takes place at the University of Sydney. Day two (Saturday 30 November) is at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Full program and registration

See the University of Sydney Power Institute website for more information and to register.

Program at the Gallery

Saturday 30 November 2013

Morning venue: Centenary Auditorium

9.30am Registration

9.45am Welcome
Dr Khanh Trinh, curator of Japanese and Korean art, Art Gallery of NSW

9.55am Session 4: Challenging traditions

Rhiannon Paget, PhD candidate, University of Sydney
Being old fashioned in modern Japan: the making of a platform and an audience for literati painting (‘nanga’) in the early 20th century

Dr Hsieh Shih-ying, curator, National Museum of History, Taipei
The negotiation with modernity: Taiwanese temple painter Pan Chunyuan of the Japanese period

Dr Phoebe Scott, curator, National Art Gallery, Singapore
Representing worlds in transition: on two early examples of modern Vietnamese art

Changkyu Lee, PhD candidate, State University of New York
Sacred possession and eternal consumption: the spiritual reconciliation of Islamic painting in Southeast Asia

11.35am Break

11.50am Session 5: Contemporaries (part 1)

Dr Anne Kirker, Queensland College of Art and Griffith University
Counterpointing the ‘hanga’ (prints) of Noda Tetsuya and Shimada Yoshiko

Eva Bentcheva, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Escaping the na(rra)tive in 1960s’ Britain: David Medalla’s fusion of Asian iconography and performance art

12.45pm Lunch

Afternoon venue: Domain Theatre

1.30pm Session 5: Contemporaries (part 2)

Reiko Tomii, independent scholar, New York
When Martians came to Tokyo: an origin of Gutai

Juliane Noth, Freie Universität Berlin
Schizophrenic convergence: art, science and biography in Shi Lu’s works of 1969/70

2.25pm Keynote speaker
Werner Kraus, professor, Passau University; director, Centre for Southeast Asian Art, Germany
Aesthetic colonisation: how Western images entered Javanese minds – tracing the evidence

3.15pm Afternoon tea

3.45pm John Clark Q&A, moderated by Terry Smith
In conversation with Werner Kraus, Mizusawa Tsutomu, Reiko Tomii and Juliane Noth

Image: Wadachi Tomo-o Self-portrait with spectacles 1923 (detail), oil on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama

Saturday 30 November 2013, 9.30am
Day 2

Free, bookings required

Duration 7 hours

Co-presented with University of Sydney, The Power Institute