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Victor Wang

MA work

Future Institutions in the Age of a Global Art History

For this dissertation I have adopted an interdisciplinary approach in my method of constructing a systemic explanation of global art and its current non-linear expansion. One that draws from the fields of social sciences to the humanities, from ecological economics to inheritance systems, to formulate a system that addresses the exchange of living things as well as objects, histories, politics and commodities, and engaging the hard sciences such as physics for an understanding of the movement of culture, contemporary art, ideology, borders, form and matter, and how these events and ideologies move across borders and formulate the construction of institutions and publics which have created ruptures in art history as a Western canon. 

My thesis outlines a scenario of a decentralising art world, one that contains multi-centres, all of which formulate spatial, temporal and ideological content. This contributes to an examination of my core concern: what is global art, and what is its temporal relation to the contemporary?  Who is it for, and how does it affect them?  What does the museum of the 21st century look like? 

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  • Victor Wang
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2014

  • Victor Wang is an independent curator working between Asia and the West. His practice is often concerned with post-colonialism, nature, performance, and collectivism.

    He is currently a research fellow at Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF), a research environment and knowledge platform initiated by and built around the collections of the four contemporary art museums in Flanders, Belgium: S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.ZEE (Ostend), M HKA & Middelheimmuseum (Antwerp). 

  • Degrees

  • BA Commerce and Economics, Langara College, Vancouver, Canada
  • Experience

  • Research fellow, Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF): S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.ZEE (Ostend), M HKA & Middelheimmuseum; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Student Forum, London, 2013-2014; ICI Curatorial Intensive Program, (Curating Performance), New York, 2011; Vancouver Art Gallery, Curatorial Department Internship, Vancouver, 2012; Galerie Johann König, Artist and Exhibitions Internship, Berlin, 2010-2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Student Forum projects: ‘Man, Machine and Images in Motion’ (2014), with contributions by: Murat Akagündüz , Mark lecky, Elizabeth Price, Zineb Sedira, and Jeremy Shaw; ‘New Terms: Reading Group with Daniel Silver and Heather Phillipson’ (2014), ‘A Return to Pre-Modernity’, (2014), with contributions by: Yto Barrada, Rodrigo Braga and Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla; ‘Manga Made’, (2013).
  • Awards

  • Conferences

  • Art History Graduate Conference 2014. Performing Money: The Problematic of Performance Art and the Art Market. University of Essex, Colchester, UK, (Speaker); London College of Communication, Seminar, Photography Department, London, UK, June 5, 2013 (Tutor); Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Symposium, New York, 2011 (speaker); The Sound of Conversation, Satellite Gallery (Presentation House Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Museum of Anthropology). Vancouver, 2011 (speaker); The Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Tenth Year Anniversary, LET'S TWIST AGAIN: The Archaeology of the Future, Vancouver (speaker); Art History Graduate Conference 2014. Performing Money: The Problematic of Performance Art and the Art Market. University of Essex, Colchester, UK, (Speaker); London College of Communication, Seminar, Photography Department, London, UK, June 5, 2013 (Tutor); Pecha Kucha Night Volume 13, The Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, 2010 (speaker)
  • Publications

  • 'Zhang Enli, "Space Painting" Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, January/February (13), 2014; 'Forgotten Poems’, images by John Akomfrah, Poetry by Amiri Baraka'. Arc (17:1) Rural, 2013; ‘Performing Around Capitalism: Museum as a Place of Art Production, Performa Biennale Magazine, 2013