International Institute for Asian Studies


Call for papers

Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art

This conference addresses historical and contemporary manifestations of spatio-temporality in Asian art. The conference results from an understanding of sustained trajectories of spatio-temporal practices in various art traditions in the Asian region. In addition to the relatively recent international visibility of ‘new media’ art, there are pronounced instances of time and space being addressed together in various art traditions in across the Asian region, ranging from the murals of Ajanta and Dun Huang (Mogao) to contemporary video installations. The conference accommodates a broad interpretation of the theme, thinking about ‘moving image cultures’ as ways of comprehending and representing time in space. We are interested to understand the moving image in Asian art as not being restricted to cinematic or digital domains, but claiming deeper historical developments through various two-, three- and four-dimensional practices. Potentials of ‘moving image’ practices and theorisations to rearticulate relationships between the past, present and future are a central consideration for this conference. The conference also features the participation of invited international including artists, curators and art historians.

In addition to papers concerned with video, film and animation (and their histories), we welcome studies that reflect on other ways of encountering time and space in art. Such practices may include handscrolls, murals and other forms of narrative painting, shadow plays, photographic series, narrative cartographies, as well as forms of performance or performative image practices (for instance, storytelling with pictorial aids). We are particularly interested in exploring the many historical and contemporary valences of such practices, and their relevance to (Asian) art history by bringing together art practitioners, curators and scholars from Australia and overseas.

Convenors: Chaitanya Sambrani (School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU) and Olivier Krischer (Australian Centre on China in the World, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU).
The conference will take place at the Australian National University, Canberra, 26-28 August 2016.

Proposals for papers (30 minutes) or for panels of up to three papers are welcome. Please email and with proposals or queries. 150-200-word abstracts (for individual papers) and 350-500 word abstracts (for panels) are due by 5pm (Australian Eastern Time), 26 July, 2016.

Registration: A$120.00 for professionals (includes conference program, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch on 27 and 28 August). Currently enrolled students may attend conference sessions free of cost on presentation of student ID.

The conference will commence with the formal opening of Zhang Peili’s exhibition at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at 6 pm on Friday, 26 August. Saturday and Sunday sessions will be held at the Sir Roland Wilson Building (#120) on McCoy Circuit, ANU.


Katherine Grube
Doctoral researcher, Department of East Asian Studies, New York University, USA.
Katherine Grube’s research interests span critical and cultural theory and art history, with an emphasis on contemporary Chinese art. Her current research focuses on the impact of the moving image on artistic practices in China.

Archana Hande
Independent artist and media professional, Mumbai, India.
Archana Hande’s work has dealt with traditional as well as contemporary interpretations of space and time. Her work reflects on the experience of rapid urbanization with a concern for “minor” narratives and submerged histories.

Agung Hujatnikajenong
Lecturer in the Faculty of Fine Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia.
Agung Hujatnikajennong is a prolific writer and curator working on contemporary art in Indonesia, and has worked on numerous arts festivals and biennales.

Omuka Toshiharu
Professor, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
One of the foremost experts on modern Japanese art, his recent books and research projects address the role of art in Imperial Japan, artistic interactions between Far Eastern Russia and Japan in the 1910s and 1920s, and the formation of an art audience in modern Japan.

Yuan Goang-Ming
Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Art and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.

Yuan Goang-Ming is an internationally renowned media arts practitioner and a major figure in Taiwanese contemporary art. His photographic and multi-media works have been exhibited widely.

Zhang Peili
Associate Professor, China Art Academy, Hangzhou & Director, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China.
Zhang Peili has been a practitioner and educator in diverse media and is considered a pioneer of video art in China. His work has been featured in major exhibitions in China and internationally.