(FREE) Art Made Common: Perspectives from Hong Kong and New York

Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

How can sharing art change art? In this discussion Jeff Leung (Hong Kong Arts Centre) and Antonio Serna (Art & the Commons, NY) will share their experiences with art projects focused on the sharing of art. Through these projects we will examine ideas of informal systems of exchange and reciprocity, the decentralized museum, along with some historical and contemporary notes on creating critical publics. We conclude with an open discussion on notion of 'cultural sovereignty' and what this might mean to communities across the world.


This program is free and open to the public courtesy of Target.



About the Speakers


Jeff Leung is Project Manager of the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), a non-profit arts organization promoting on Asian contemporary arts and bring arts education to the community in Hong Kong. He used to work internationally, having participated in the Kwangju Biennale (Korea, 2002), the Hong Kong Pavilion for the 50th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2003), and the International Curators' Invitational (France, 2006) and currently is working on curatorial projects and exhibition production at the HKAC and recently obtained Asian Cultural Council (New York, 2013) to New York for research.


Besides his recently collaborative curatorial is the 1+1: A Cross-Strait-Four-Region Artistic Exchange Project (2011), which was a collaboration between the Hong Kong Arts Centre (Hong Kong), the He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen), and the National Taipei University of Art (Taipei). Jeff also contributes articles about Hong Kong Art, to media in Hong Kong and the mainland China. His Chinese and English articles are archived at InmediaHK (www.inmediahk.net/user/62484/post) and Academia.edu (http://independent.academia.edu/JeffLeung) respectively.



Antonio Serna is an artist/activist working in New York. Currently he is researching alternative economic models as a member of Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group, Making Worlds: A Commons Coalition, and Art & The Commons. He is also currently organizing What Do We Do Now? the first annual Arts & Labor Alternatives Fair Oct. 18-19. Based on his recent research he has initiated artCommons, a community art-sharing project. Art & The Commons has recently started Jackson Heights artCommons a pilot project in Queens, NY.


Originally from Texas, Antonio has participated and organized projects in New York, Texas, Las Vegas, Spain, Mexico, Berlin, and Romania. Through vizKult and other autonomous collectives he promotes self-organized cultural events, research, education, and artist-as-activist interventions. Antonio Serna holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, and a BFA from Parsons School of Art.