CONTEMPORARY ART COURSES: ASIA CONTEMPORARY AT SOAS Melisa Morel – TAASA Review March 2008
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This article was originally found in the March 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 23).
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Does the weight of tradition sit lightly or heavily on the shoulders of contemporary artists? And is there a place for locality and temporality in contemporary art practice? These were some of the questions posed to a discussion panel during Asia Contemporary in London in November 2007. Asia Contemporary is a five-day course run by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
Each day of the program focuses on a particular geographical region in Asia and features lectures by artists who discuss their works.
In addition, the course offers handling sessions, gallery visits, and a panel discussion comprised of the weekâ€™s lecturers and artists. As a prior student of the SOAS Diploma in Asian Art, I decided to make the journey from Seattle to London for Asia Contemporary...