A Critical Discussion of Contemporary Documentary Practice

This panel discussion brings together a range of critical perspectives that reflect on contemporary documentary practice, and its relationship to the construction of history and knowledge within particular social contexts.  In addition, the panel will also discuss how feeling, empathy and imagination play a significant part in how documentary images are able to participate in the production of certain forms of knowledge.

Panelists include:

Curator and PhD candidate Fang-Tze Hsu (SG)
Filmmaker, writer and artist Arjuna Neuman (USA)

Date: 28 Jan 2015, Wed, 730pm – 930pm
Admission: Free
Pre-registration required, please email to info@objectifs.com.sg

About Fiona Amundsen

Fiona’s academic background in social anthropology has been fundamental in defining her thinking and approach to photographic representation, documentary practice, and historical trauma, along with its’ subsequent memorialisation. Utilising pseudo ethnographic methods, her practice employs photography (and recently moving-image) to articulate philosophical and anthropological objectives concerning the representation of Anglo-American and Japanese pre/post world war two histories, and their established images and corresponding narratives. Working in a project, or field-work, orientated manner the aim here is to question how specific cities acknowledge their military histories, battles, and traumas within public and/or memorial sites. Her recent projects have included The First City in History (2010), which focuses on the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: The Golden Waterway (2011), which focuses on The Bund, a recently restored site that was originally home to Shanghai’s mix of nineteenth century Anglo-America colonisers:Operation Magic (2012), which addresses the sites of the 1941 Japanese initiated Pearl Harbour attack: andThe Imperial Body (2013/14) which focuses on the contentious Japanese Yasukuni Shrine and the plight of Ben Kuroki, the only American of Japanese decent permitted to fight in aerial combat in the Asia Pacific Theatre of WWII. For more information, visit her website: http://fionaamundsen.com/

About Fang-Tze Hsu

Hsu, Fang-Tze is a Singapore based writer and research fellow in the Cultural Studies in Asia programme of the National University of Singapore, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. She holds an MA in Arts Administration and Policy with an emphasis on curatorial practices from the School of Art Institute Chicago. She served as the digital manager for the Asia Art Archive from 2010 to 2013, and was appointed as a curator for the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art in 2013. Her research interests include contemporary knowledge formation and production, Cold War aesthetics, the relationship between memories, philosophies of technology, and the embodiment of artistic praxis in everyday life. Her writings on related subjects can be found in Artco Monthly (a Taiwan based art magazine published in traditional mandarin) and LEAP (a Beijing based bilingual art magazine).

About Arjuna Neuman

Arjuna Neuman was born on an airplane, that’s why he has two passports.

He shows his work internationally with recent exhibitions in Germany at State of the Art and Haus Der Kunst der Welt; in Lebanon at Ashkal Alwan and Beirut Art Centre; in Canada at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Richmond Art Gallery; in France at Le Gaite Lyric; in Australia at Verge Gallery Sydney University; in Russia at the Moscow Museum; in USA at the Torrance Art Museum, Machine Projects and Human Resources amongst others. As a writer he has published articles in Relief Press, Into the Pines Press, The Journal for New Writing, VIA Press, Concord Press, Art Voices, and he is currently working on a text for E-Flux on the profit of smiling. For more information, visit his website: http://www.arjunaneuman.com/