11 May 2023

Lecture: Asia the Unmiraculous

Lecture: Asia the Unmiraculous, by Ho Rui An

11 May 2023, 19.00 - 20.30, lichthal Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Considering the 1997 “Asian” financial crisis against the economic “miracle” that preceded it, Asia the Unmiraculous is a lecture performed by artist Ho Rui An that situates one of the first large-scale crises of globalisation within a transnational narrative of miracle, crisis and recovery.

Focusing on the relationship between race and financial capitalism, the project considers the conditions that made possible the “Asianisation” of the miracle and the crisis that followed. A key line of inquiry examines the ideological contestations between neoliberalism and the developmental state model that unfolded during the period, through which the so-called invisible hand of the market was pitted against the interventionist hand of the “Asian” state.

Photo: Yasuhiro Tani. Courtesy of Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media

Ho Rui An

Ho Rui An is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. Across the mediums of lecture, essay and film, his research examines systems of governance in a global age. He has presented projects at the Bangkok Art Biennale; Asian Art Biennial; Gwangju Biennale; Jakarta Biennale; Sharjah Biennial; Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien; Singapore Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan. In 2019, he was awarded the International Film Critics’ (FIPRESCI) Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. In 2018, he was a fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

Ho Rui An
Ho Rui An. Photo: Damien Khoo. Courtesy of A+ Works of Art, Kuala Lumpur