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The Making of Meeting

Els Silvrants-Barclay



In August 2009, cultural practitioners from around Asia and their Arthub Asia-instigated, match-made peers from the rest of the world came together to discuss and reflect on the dynamic, on-going echoes of the now-defunct Silk Road trading route and its multiple dimensions. 


As a four-day symposium, The Making of the New Silk Roads aimed to reassess the complex interconnections within Asia’s cultural and artistic spectrum at the beginning of the 21st century.


This book summarizes the concerns and thoughts the symposium participants shared, while reflecting on the performative format of meeting that the symposium aimed to be. By extension, it serves as a memento of what its initiator Arthub Asia - a not-for-profit multidisciplinary platform of curatorial and artistic experimentation - has achieved in its first seven year of existence.


The book appears in 4 chapters looking into the personalities, scenography, performance and documentation behind the alternative scheme of meeting that was put to the test in Bangkok and lies at the

core of Arthub Asia’s activities in Asia and world-wide.


Davide Quadrio, Agung Hujatnikajennong, Agung Kurniawan, Alexander Ugay, Defne Ayas, Els Silvrants-Barclay, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Hakan Topal, Jiang Jun, Seph Rodney, Stefan Rusu, Nikoloz (Nikusha) Chkhaidze, Kyong Park, Jompet a.k.a Kuswidananto, Shahidul Alam, Zoe Butt, Samah Hijawi, Arahmaiani, Ho Tzu Nyen, Veronica Sekules, David Cotterrell, Howard Chan, Mu Qian, Onno Dirker, Lina Saneh, Rahraw Omarzad, Shaarbek Amankul, Pratchaya Phinthong, Le Huy Hoang, SuperSudaca/Max Zolkwer & Felix Madrazo


Edited & conceptualized by:Els Silvrants-Barclay

Produced by: Arthub Asia with Louiza/Institute for Provocation, Prince Claus Fund

Published by: MER Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent,



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2009 Projects
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Doom Dough / Techno Shanghai

Julian Friedauer


Pieterjan Ginckels



Artist-architect collective Speedism hits the road in China, blurring the boundaries between their imagined cities and possible Chinese real-life counterparts. 


In collaboration with Arthub Asia, IFP has supported Speedism's research with residencies in Beijing and Shanghai in 2008 and 2009, during which they have created digital narratives (Doom Dough, published in Urban China magazine #35 and Peace Through Superior Horse Power, published in MONU magazine) and an animated video (Techno Shanghai, premiered in Chicago in september 2009). IFP will continue to support their work. 


Speedism website: 







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Edwin Zwakman



The Treehugger consists of a passengers bridge built around a tree in a public park in Shanghai. Renders, scale models and advertisement brochures do not only serve as artistic explorations, but also "brand" and thus inscribe the project in the local real estate economy the artist needs to get the sculpture built. 


The result is an exploration of the political economy behind the rendered image in China - quite paradoxically - in the form of a very poetic intervention. 


Edwin Zwakman website:





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Research Cycle #3 - Food
Nada Gambier


In 2009 and 2010, performing artist Nada Gambier conducts 4 research cycles hosted by different work spaces and art labs. 


Focusing on 4 different topics, Gambier researches the vocabularies she has been using in her work so far: (1) physicality, (2) presence, (3) the use of food and other props and (4) image making and composition/dramaturgy. IFP will host a research session in the third cycle in Beijing. 


Nada Gambier is part of Action Scenique:




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