Public Art In Penang, 30 March 2014

A conversation with 
Wong Hoy Cheong, Hoo Fan Chon, Tanya Sierra

Sunday, 30 March at 8:00PM at SINKEH, 105 Lebuh Melayu, Penang.

Public perceptions of Public Art | Shifting notions of Public Art | Why does Public Art matter? | Shift in players and processes of making Public Art | Ownership and maintenance issues.

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Panelist, Wong Hoy Cheong Wong Hoy Cheong is an artist, educator and social activist. He holds degrees from Brandeis University, Harvard University and University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He has exhibited widely in museums such as Mori Art Museum (Japan), Guggenheim Museum (USA), Hayward Gallery (UK); and in the Venice, Istanbul, Lyon, and Liverpool biennales. In 2011, he awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt named a floor after him. He has given lectures and taught at various institutions including Harvard, Oxford, Goldsmiths, New York University, Australian National University, and National University Singapore. Cornell University has a scholarship named after him for his work as an educator. Working in a wide range of media, Wong addresses concerns about identity and indigeneity, the retrieval of marginalised histories, migration and globalisation; and the slipperiness that lies between fact and fiction,past and present. His recent work in politics and the community engages with strategy and complicity, methodology and dialogical action, policies and sustainability.

Panelist, Hoo Fan Chon  Hoo Fan Chon is a visual artist/curator based in George Town, he completed his BA in photography at the London College of Communication and has exhibited in Kuala Lumpur, Cologne, London and Seoul. He was one of the finalists forSaatchi Gallery’s New Sensations, Photographer’s gallery ‘Fresh Eyes, Wild Face’. He is currently running an artist-initiative space – Run Amok Gallery, with a focus on producing contemporary art exhibitions and related culturalhappenings.

Panelist, Tanya Sierra Tanya Reneé Sierra is an American sculptor living in Penang. She studied fine art at the University of California, Santa Cruz and sculpture at the Gerrit Reitveld in the Netherlands. In over 20 years of work she has executed multiple public sculpture projects that focused on interaction, anonymous art and the creation of accidental art collectors. Her work playswith the classic depictions of the female, household domestic objects, myths and cultural inheritance. In 2008 she completed a year long project in Barcelona where she abandoned a bronze sculpture every month in the public space.

Moderator, Janet Pillai Janet Pillai is a practicing arts-educator and programmer and former university academic. Currently she is president of a non-profit organisation, Arts-ED, Penang, which specializes in community-based arts and culture education. Arts-ED works in partnership with artists, local agencies and communities to facilitate cultural sustainability through field projects, research and consultation.


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