Ventriloquizing archives = 檔案庫的腹語術與何子彦對談

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Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University; Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University; Asia Art Archive

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The performing archive : deep archival engagement as artistic practice = 演繹檔案庫 : 從解讀檔案到藝術實踐工作坊

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Public Seminar




2:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.


Lingnan University (LBYG06)


From the idea of the Archive and the State to Remembering and Forgetting, and from celluloid image to the architectural object, we define our protagonist: a combination of historian, performer, urban denizen and spy. Urban spaces define our publicness, but they also create covert private knowledges and specialized ways of navigating the city and its archive. This workshop explores what Leo Ou-Fan Lee, describing Shanghai, once named 'the urban uncanny', and brings together into the city what artist Ho Tzu Nyen has named a dictionary that maps 'narratives of shape-shifting and amorphous characters, ideas and genres'.

Such a dictionary defining the covert modern is a crucial project for all forms of engagement with the Asian archives, since the challenge of history-writing in these regions has often involved devising new and innovative ways – of fabrication, of working with fictions, of speculative connections and of overinterpretations – of working with archives that hide, as often and as much as they reveal.



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Special Guest: Ackbar Abbas

Recommended Citation

Ho, T. N., Rajadhyaksha, A., & Chuong, D. Y. (2017, October 20). Ventriloquizing archives [Video podcast]. Retrieved from