Introduction

This project presents works by artists that exemplify the critical and creative relationships between heritage and contemporary art. Conceived as an ongoing research, it aims to create a common ground that facilitates conversations across disciplines, in which heritage and art sector can reflect on their practices and develop new ways to bring the most significant and valuable aspects of the past into resonance with the present.

 

I have always been interested in the connection between built heritage conservation and contemporary art. The term “contemporary art” means art that is responding to and telling us about its own time, rather than looking back at the past. Its relationship with the built heritage is imagined as a fluid and dynamic process of dialogue. 

 

They are seemingly unrelated but since the rise of biennales and globalisation of the art world, there have been an increasingly large number of examples in which artists explore and occupy specific heritage sites in producing their works. These kind of site-specific artworks unfold our reading and imagination of the heritage sites. They impose questions that lead us to a new thinking about what do we want to conserve and how does conservation of historic site mean to present. 

 

The case studies I included here look into experimental approaches that contemporary artists enter into dialogue with heritage buildings. They examine a wide range of contemporary forms of art and artistic practices, and articulate some ideas and considerations (and perhaps controversies) surrounding the question of the topic. 

Alex Tam

本網頁展示的藝術作品體現了文化遺產保育與當代藝術之間的批判和創造關係。作為一項長期的研究,本計劃旨在創造一個促進跨學科對話的基礎,讓遺產保育和藝術界可以反思他們的實踐,並開發新方法,使過去重要和有價值的事物與當今社會產生共鳴。

文化遺產保育和當代藝術都是我所感興趣的領域,「當代藝術」指側重與敘述當下、而不是回顧過去的藝術,其與文物建築的關係可設想為流動而活躍的對話過程。

兩者雖看似無關,但自從雙年展的興起和藝術世界的全球化以來,藝術家於建築遺產內探索常駐、發展藝術工作等便越是常見。這類與特定場域對話的藝術品展現了我們對建築遺產的創新解讀和發揮,引領著遺產保育的新方向,以及提出了保護歷史建築的新意味。

網站上的案例研究探討了對活現文化遺產及促進公民參與尤其重要及有效的實驗方法。透過定期更新的案例研究,此項目闡述了一些圍繞該主題的想法和考慮(甚或是爭議)。

譚學能

Biography

Alex Tam is first Centre Executive of the Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts since

its establishment in 2013 by the Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU. The Centre’s vision is to promote the advancement of visual arts development in Hong Kong and neighbouring regions. His main area of interest is on art projects that engage with issues connected to the notion of history, memory, collective learning, and place-making.

譚學能為視覺藝術研究與發展中心主任,該中心於2013年由視覺藝術院成立,其願景是促進香港及鄰近地區視覺藝術的發展。他主要研究領域涉及與歷史,記憶和地方營造概念相關的藝術項目。

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