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Sites of Production: Asian Travelogues

A series of ‘contact zones’ eliciting a space for reflection on practice, production, translational manoeuvrings and sticking points

Produced by Erika Tan

Throughout her residency in Yokohama and period of travel in Asia, Erika Tan will record moments of contact through the medium of interviews, shared dialogues, observations, images, and writings on her blog, providing an insight into and eliciting a space for reflection on practice, production, translational manoeuvrings and points where things don’t move but get stuck.

Erika will be artist in residence at BankART 1929, Yokohama, Japan in the summer of 2008 as part of the twinned residency and exhibition project A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling initiated by S/lab in partnership with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.

Following on from the residency period Erika attempts the impossible project of Asian biennale attendance seeking to visit these sites as well as other sites of ‘art’ production.

This publication is supported by Cornerhouse, Manchester and is included as part of their Masaki Fujihata related events. The site will be linked to the Cornerhouse website during this period. http://www.cornerhouse.org

Erika Tan is an artist and curator originally from Singapore but currently UK-based. She is also undertaking research in association with TrAIN (Transnational Art, Identity & Nation) Research Centre at the University of the Arts London where her research interests explore the transnational manoeuvrings of artists.www.transnational.org.uk/

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Her art practice involves a wide range of media and evolved from an interest in anthropology and the moving image and has been exhibited at ZKM, Singapore Biennale, Norwich Gallery and Hayward Gallery, including commissions with Film & Video Umbrella, Picture This, BBC Radio London, Channel 4, The Forest of Dean and Turner Contemporary. Her work is archived on LUXONLINE:http://www.luxonline.org.uk/artists/erika_tan/index.html

Recent writing and publishing projects include ‘And Now China?’, a special issue of Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art co-edited by Erika Tan and Judy Freya Sibayan. The issue was initiated in anticipation of China Now, Britain’s ‘largest festival of Chinese arts’, asking: what place is there for critical voices within current hegemonic interests in China and contemporary Chinese Art? Included texts, images and artworks by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Oscar Ho, Patrick D. Flores, Lee Weng Choy, Kelly Baum, Andrew Maerkle, Thomas J. Berghuis, David Cross, Neferti X. Tadiar & Jonathan Beller, Marian Pastor Roces, Lee Wen, Ken Lum, Katy Deepwell, Caroline Turner, Saskia Sassen, Eliza Tan, Neil Stewart and Sonya Dyer. The issue was supported by The Chelsea Programme which made a hard copy print version available, other editions are available onwww.ctrlp-artjournal.org

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