Contemporary Art Conversations 2: Week 3: Global Citizen

Publication Date 23 Sep 2015

These conversations, facilitated by artist, curator and educator, Professor Helen Baker, are an opportunity to explore topics that relate to the current exhibition by Fiona Tan. Conversations will begin with a short introduction to set the context for the discussion and are aimed at those who find contemporary art intriguing, baffling or confusing.

Contemporary Art Conversations

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 / Contemporary Art and Global Citizen

A PDF of the presentation used in the introduction can be found here.

The presentation references the following works:

Fiona Tan

Fiona Tan, Disorient (2009)

The exhibition continues on Level 3 with two further significant film installations from Tan’s career. Disorient (2009) juxtaposes fantasy and the reality of the trade route between Venice and Asia, with a voiceover compromised solely of evocative quotes from Marco Polo’s 700-year-old-book The Travels.

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


Are we lost amongst others or are others lost amongst us?

Kim-Sooja, A Needle Woman (1999 - 2001)


Who is other?

Keith Piper, Go West Young Man (1987)


Can the poetry of other cultures reinvest our own?

Yoko One, Skyladders, Between the Sky and my Head (exhibition image 2009)


Can we understand another culture despite or through our own prejudices?

Matt Stokes, Cantanta Profana (2010)

Duration: 0:47


Is there a better future world waiting for us?

Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, The Encampment of Eternal Hope (2012)


What is the cost of conformity?

Lorna Simpson, Wigs (1994)


At what point does our identity become informed by others?

 Ellen Gallagher, Wiglette from DeLuxe (2004)


Are we aware of the politics of investment in global economies?

Hans Haacke, Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1st, 1971 (1971)


What does the flow of capital in a world of finance mean to the individual?

Isaac Julian, Playtime (2013)

Duration 2:04


What does the flow of capital in a world of finance mean to the individual?

Sonia Boyce’s postcard from Venice, BBC Arts (2015)

Duration 6:34

Quantity 1
Speaker Helen Baker
Format MP3
Related Artist Fiona Tan
Keywords Art and Globalization, Migration, Travel, Capitalism
Related Events Fiona Tan: Depot (10 July - 1 November 2015), Contemporary Art Conversations: Memory, Archive and Global Citizen (9, 16 & 23 September 2015)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Language English

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