Socially engaged art projects in Hong Kong - Easy theory, difficult practice
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AbstractFollowing the idea of socially-engaged art practices as dissensus formulated by Jacques Rancière, and considering it in the context of the idea of universal education he analyzed in The Ignorant Schoolmaster, this paper looks at different ways to introduce contemporary art practices to a public not prepared to appreciate them. Several art events organized in Hong Kong over the last few years, and analyzed as either tactic or strategy (following Michel de Certeau’s classification), will be presented in order to understand how they can function as a way to the public’s emancipation aesthetically and, sometimes, even politically. If the difficulties against such art practices exist in their reception by the press and the public at large, additional difficulties exist also in the context of the tactics of socially-engaged art and its confrontation with funding agencies. The final example presented in this paper, also of a Hong Kong-based project, will show some of the difficulties involved in managing such endeavors.
All Author(s) ListFrank Vigneron
Name of Conference10th Annual Conference, Center for Chinese Visual Art, School of Art, Birmingham City University
Start Date of Conference12/10/2017
End Date of Conference13/10/2017
Place of ConferenceBirmingham, UK
Country/Region of ConferenceGreat Britain
Year2017
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsSocially-engaged art, Hong Kong art, funding

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