Symposium: We Can’t Forget How to Move

20 Jul 21 Jul 2022
12–2pm (London)
1–3pm (Zurich)
6–8pm (Bangkok)
7–9pm (Hong Kong)
We Can’t Forget How to Move

A two-day symposium gathering artists, archivists, researchers, and curators to revisit the late 1990s touring exhibition ‘Cities on the Move' in Bangkok

In 1999 the touring exhibition ‘Cities on the Move’ arrived in Bangkok for its sixth iteration. ‘Cities on the Move’ (1997–2000), co-curated by Hou Hanru and Hans Ulrich Obrist, set out to explore the intersection of East and Southeast Asia’s city cultures and urbanization, involving more than 150 architects, artists, film-makers and designers in an attempt to recreate an ever-evolving city that occupied the white cube of different exhibition spaces in Vienna, New York, Bordeaux, Humlebæk, London and Helsinki. 

Bangkok was the only edition to take place in Asia, and the only one to take place without a single major institution; instead, it saw works scattered in different sites and spaces across the city. More than twenty years later, we may reflect on the ‘global village’ optimism of the 1990s and the more ambivalent and shifting circumstances of geopolitics that surround it. We may ask what it was that ‘Cities’ encountered when it arrived in Bangkok, how it was changed by the city, how it was experienced and what might this tell us today? We want to learn if there are insights to reconsider our position now – perhaps for our future moves.

20 July 2022, 12–2pm (London) / 1–3pm (Zurich) / 6–8pm (Bangkok) / 7–9pm (Hong Kong)
Format: online, via Zoom 
Speakers: Nikita Choi, Hou Hanru, Ole Scheeren, Anthony Yung, Kanokwan Trakulyingcharoen, Mia Yu, moderated by David Morris and Wing Chan (panel abstract)

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21 July 2022, 12–2pm (London) / 1–3pm (Zurich) / 6–8pm (Bangkok) / 7–9pm (Hong Kong) 
Format: Onsite at Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok plus streaming on Zoom 
Artists: Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Chitti Kasemkitvattana, Manuporn Luengaram, Navin Rawanchaikul, Katha Sangkhae, moderated by Gridthiya Gaweewong (panel abstract)

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Co-organised by Afterall Exhibition Histories; School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; Zurich University of the Arts. This symposium is presented by Shared Campus as the keynote event of the summer school co-organised by School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and Zurich University of the Arts. The working committee includes William Davis, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Leung Chi Wo, and David Morris.