Lecture THE FUTURE OF BORDERS by Manray Hsu

Lecture THE FUTURE OF BORDERS by Manray Hsu

August 26, 2019, 2 – 6 pm

Many thanks to the curator & art critic Manray Hsu for his lecture The Future of Borders and discussing the works of our participants within the Studio Program at BAI | Berlin Artist Residency, Art School & Arts Incubator.

“This is my first public presentation since I left Berlin, after 7 years of stay, and moved back to Taipei in 2009. In this talk, I reflect on my career as an independent curator and on how my curatorial projects are related to my experiences as a Taiwan citizen traveling between countries, to my philosophical engagement on the issues of border. This engagement closely links to my move to Berlin in 2002. As time went by, the border thinking developed from the politics of mobility, global social class divisions, culture of fear, gender politics, to environmental disasters, the border between humans and non-humans, and the historical trauma modern colonialism has left on indigenous peoples. I will introduce my exhibitions as they were developed out of these issues of border.” (Text by courtesy of Manray Hsu)

Manray HSU is an independent curator and art critic based in Taipei. Manray is co-founder and director (2010-2012) of Taipei Contemporary Art Center and teaches at art academies in Taiwan and abroad.

A main focus of Manray’s work is on politics of mobility, borders of different forms and urban conditions in the age of globalisation, flows of capital, and activism-related art. Recent research includes interdisciplinary art practices related to environmental issues, multi-species interactions in urban and rural scenarios, with a special interest in viewing the Anthropocene in the context of contemporary philosophy and ancient Chinese thinking.

Major exhibitions include, “The Sky Is the Limit: 2000 Taipei Biennial” (with Jerome Sans, Taipei Fine Arts Museum); “How Big Is the World?” (2001, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz); Wayward Economy (2004, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei); “Wrong(ed) Attitudes: Tsui Kuangyu and Su Huiyu” (2006, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin); Naked Life (2006, MOCA Taipei); Liverpool Biennial in 2006 (with Gerardo Mosquera); “Future Relics” (2007, co-organized with Hu Fang, Documenta 12 Magazine); 2008 Taipei Biennial (with Vasif Kortun); Biennale Cuvee in 2009 (the OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz); Forum Biennial of Taiwanese Contemporary Art in 2010 (Taipei Contemporary Art Centre); “The South: an Art of Asking and Listening” (2017, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts); “Autosrada Biennale: The Future of Borders” (2017, Prizren, Kosovo); “Herbal Urbanism: An artistic project on cosmopolitics” (2018, Hong Gah Museum, Taipei); “When Kacalisian culture meets wth vertical city: Greater Sandimen Contemporary Art” (Feb. 2019, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei; May 2019, Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park, Pingtung).

Manray has served as juror for Venice Biennale (2001), Istanbul Biennial (2001), Hermes Art Award for Korean Contemporary Art (2007), Hugo Boss Asian Art Award (2012), etc.