ART-TALK 2009: Public Lecture- Lee Weng Choy

Lee Weng Choy

Feb 19, 2009

Lee, who has been speaking at, attending and convening many art conferences, is concerned about the effectiveness of such gatherings. He encourages critical discourse of the development of art in Southeast Asia, but reckons that there should be alternative ways to talk and think in public about contemporary art. This lecture tells the story of how Lee worked through the problem and offers some suggestions of how people might move forward in convening art conferences.

Lee Weng Choy has lectured on art and cultural studies, convened international conferences, and written widely on Singapore and contemporary art, including the essays “Authenticity, Reflexivity & Spectacle; or, the Rise of New Asia is not the End of the World” (Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, Blackwell Publishing, 2005) and “Just What Is it that Makes the Term Global-Local So Widely Cited, Yet So Annoying?” (Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, New Museum & MIT Press, 2004).

Weng Choy received a B.A. in Philosophy from Berkeley, and a M.A. in English Literature from Mills. He is currently the President of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA Sg), and also serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

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"Crisis and Convening: or, what is it that we want from art conferences?" by Lee Weng Choy
Time and Venue: Thursday 19 February, 2009 ; 7:30 pm at McAulay Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre. Limited Seats: 76