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A workshop jointly organised by the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster, and Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival.

Asia as a cultural and geographical concept continues to be represented through many artforms, and with diverse and often conflicting representations. A multitude of identities exists within its various regional zones – the Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, the Himalayan region, South East Asia and East Asia. Despite the spatial claims of mapping and territorialisation, boundaries between these regions and identities are often shifting, while intricately bound with these unstable delineations are complex histories of entanglement – colonial, post-colonial, national, and pre-national.

This workshop seeks to explore ways of framing and reframing Asia through research and practice in cinema and art, and through curatorial practices such as programming, exhibition-making, and alternative modes of distribution. It aims to provide a context for discussing how ideas of ‘Asian cinema’ and ‘Asian art’ have been articulated from the locality of the UK and in relation to the UK’s history of colonisation. It asks how artistic, curatorial and historical research and practice can question, complicate, and expand the idea and the framing of Asia in cinema and art; and it draws attention to questions of method and location of articulation in visualising, imagining, and representing the idea of Asia.

In dialogue with the method for reframing Asia proposed by the film programming of Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival, the workshop will consider the interrelation of Asia and the wider Pacific region. The blurring of regional boundaries and cultural identities through film programming proposes a broader consideration of the idea of Asia, the Pacific, and remoteness as represented through culture and curatorial practice.

Confirmed speakers and roundtable discussion participants include:

  • Hammad Nasar (Stuart Hall Foundation, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
  • Sonali Joshi (Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival)
  • Shireen Seno (artist and filmmaker, Los Otros)
  • John Torres (artist and filmmaker, Los Otros)
  • Cary Sawney (London Indian Film Festival)

Short works by the participating artists and others will be screened at the workshop.  

The workshop aims to create time for conversational exchanges drawing on the experiences, perspectives, research and practice of all participants. Contributions from invited speakers are intended as catalysts for broader dialogues on the day, and with a view to exploring potential collaborations in the future. We invite active participation as workshop attendants interested in sharing experiences and perspectives, and in exploring the scope for collaboration with Aperture and CREAM’s joint initiative.

How to register

This event is free to attend and open to all. Reservation is essential via Billetto. 

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More information

The workshop takes place in conjunction with screenings across London of Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival. Featured films include People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose (John Torres, 2017), presented in collaboration with CREAM, University of Westminster, on 24 September at Close-Up Cinema.

For full festival programme details visit the Day for Night website.

Aperture programme

15 September: In Time To Come (Tan Pin Pin, Singapore), Kings College London – in partnership with Chinese Visual Festival
17 September: Diamond Island + Q&A (Chou Davy, Cambodia), Close-Up Cinema
24 September: People Power Bombshell: The Diary Of Vietnam Rose + Q&A (John Torres, Philippines), Close-Up Cinema – in partnership with CREAM
27 September: The Island Funeral + intro (Pimpaka Towira, Thailand), Close-Up Cinema