APT8 Conference | Vital signs

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The APT8 Conference invited artists, researchers, and curators from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to address some of the key conceptual threads in the exhibition. Each session featured three presentations by special guests, followed by a moderated discussion. Read more

Session 2: Vital signs
There are distinct relationships between museum collections and the activities of daily cultural production. ​Performance, design, craft, folk, vernacular and ritual objects operate in distinct cultural contexts with highly specific meanings and functions. By bringing vernacular or ritual objects, or even performance and other ephemeral practices, into the museum, what processes of critique are enacted? How does their exhibition in a museum or gallery context affect their interpretation? Perhaps more pointedly, what might they offer the discourses and practices of contemporary art?

Special guests:
Yee I-Lann (Artist and APT8 catalogue round table participant), Chaitanya Sambrani (Art historian and curator), Katrina Igglesden (PHD Candidate, Fijian Art Research Project, Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas) and host Graeme Were (Senior Lecturer, Anthropology and Museum Studies, The University of Queensland).

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia | 21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia