Collaboration, Networking and Resource-Sharing: Myanmar

Subject: Collaboration, Networking and Resource-Sharing: Myanmar
22-27 June 2002
Beikthano Gallery
113/38, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road
Bahan, Yangon (Rangoon)
Myanmar (Burma)

Collaboration, Networking and Resource-Sharing: Myanmar (CNRM) is
conceived as an open-ended project to assist Myanmar artists who
have been deprived of resources, for the establishment of
contemporary art and culture in Myanmar. The event will also
serve as a foundation for setting up a strong international
network of artists, curators, writers and organisers interested
in furthering independent art, collaborative structures,
intercultural collaboration and socially engaged art. CNRM has
immediate and longer-term components:

:: The immediate project: International symposium and Open
Academy workshops on collaboration, networking & resource sharing
to take place in June 2002
:: The longer-term project: establishment of an art center, to be
managed by artists, with artists-in-residency programmmes for
local and foreign artists. This will be set up from the fourth
quarter of 2002

For Collaboration, Networking and Resource-Sharing: Myanmar,
artists from Gangaw Village and Inya Artists groups, and other
independent artists interested in modern and contemporary art,
are coming together to form a new community, Ayeyarwady Art
Assembly, to promote and advance modern and contemporary art in
Myanmar. This new community will include artists from Yangon,
Mandalay and various other regions of Myanmar.

22-23 June 2002

The symposium will feature papers by invited
speakers and open discussions with participants. It aims for
intellectual and practical exchanges of knowledge to promote
self-organization by artists, with emphasis on setting up
structures for collaboration, networking and resource-sharing.
Various models of organizational and collaborative structures
will be examined in order to identify suitable courses of action
for the setting up a platform for independent discourse and
promotion of modern and contemporary and to support the creation
of an artists-run artspace/ gallery (art center) in Myanmar.

Target Audience: Organizations, foundations and international
funding agencies involved in art and cultural work; critics,
writers, academics, artists and arts groups from within Myanmar,
and from outside Myanmar.

Panel topics include:
:: Working with International Cultural Institutions: Policies,
Strategies, Intentions and Constrains
:: Artists-run Organisations - Self-management Strategies,
Possibilities and Limitations
:: Networking and Resource Sharing in the Globalised Economy
:: Sustenance and Development of Independent Art Centers

Symposium speakers and respondents:
Tay Tong, Manager, Theatreworks, Singapore
Yoshio Takano, Japan Foundation Asia-Centre
Keiko Sei, Brno Tech. University, Czech Republic
Asst. Prof Fatima Lasay, University of Philippines
Pooja Sood, Khoj International Workshops, New Delhi, India
Ivy Josiah, Five Arts Centre & Women's Aid Org., Malaysia
Jason Wright, installation artist, Canada
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Corazon A. Hila, University of Philippines
Audrey Wong, The Substation, Singapore
Nisar Keshvani, fineartforum, Singapore/Australia
Yasuko Furuichi, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan
Ly Daravuth, Reyum Art Gallery/ Foundation, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jay Koh, director, IFIMA
Khin Swe Win, artist, educator and writer, Myanmar

24-27 June 2002

The workshop sessions are conceived as 'open academy' learning
environments, for presenters and participants alike. These
workshops will pave the way for more open academy programs in
the future. Although the topics are organised with priority
placed on the developmental needs as expressed by Myanmar
artists, the workshops are also intended to generate
possibilities for further collaboration amongst participants and
development of art practices internationally.

Workshop topics:
Contemporary paintings - styles, mediums and methods
Viewing, analysis and discussion
Contemporary performance
Contemporary sculpture and installation
Media and Digital Art
Curatorial Perspectives and Art Writing
Interdisciplinary Art Practices

Jay Koh