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Aesthetic Technologies: Asian and Asian American Art in the Digital Age

Presented by the Asian Art Museum

Date & Time:

Saturday, April 27, 2024
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


San Francisco Art Fair Theater

The Asian Art Museum has undergone a major transformation, renewing its commitment to contemporary Asian and Asian American art while developing fresh modes of interactive engagement with the historical artworks in its world-class collection. Join Director of Experience Garance Marneur and curators Padma Dorje Maitland and Cheng Xu for a conversation moderated by Writer/Editor Nick Stone exploring these new approaches and examining the artificial divide between contemporary and traditional storytelling in the museum experience.  

About the Speakers:

AAM Director of Experience Design Garance Marneur’s wealth of experience includes 15 years in stage design, directing, and art and cultural production. She was named one of the top 10 Theatre Designer in the UK. Most recently, Garance worked with the Exploratorium to create an interactive video exhibition, and RUSH at Gray Area to create responsive digital art experiences utilizing real-time biometric data of dancers and the audience to guide the course of the performance. She served as artistic director for LEVYdance, in San Francisco where she curated artist residencies that promoted inclusivity and fostered artistic growth in underserved communities; and was co-director and experience designer at Racine de Trois, a theater group and winner of the ARTCENA prize in France. 

Nicholas Stone is the in-house Writer/Editor at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Stone received a BA from Stanford University, where he studied under Jean-Marie Apostolidès. He has authored and/or edited numerous publications including Lava Thomas: Beyond (Museum of the African Diaspora, 2015) and Kiki Smith: Tapestries (Magnolia Editions, 2018), and has contributed essays to catalogs including Mildred Howard (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 2019). Three collections of his music have been released on Freaks, an independent record label based in Oakland, CA. 

XU Cheng is a Chinese curator and tool maker at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She builds artifacts and design experiences to facilitate creative expression and critical introspection. Her work has been exhibited internationally and covered in the media including BBC and Core77. She received an MS in human robot interaction from Yale University and an MFA in interactive design from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Padma Dorje Maitland is the Malavalli Family Foundation Associate Curator, Art of the Indian Subcontinent, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He holds dual doctoral degrees in Architectural History and South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and an MArch from Princeton. His research focuses on the art and architecture of modern Buddhist movements in India and the history of emotions. He has curated shows at BAMPFA, LACMA, and Mia, and most recently co-curated After Hope: Videos of Resistance. As an inaugural fellow of the Asian Art Museum’s Practice Institute, he also edited the forthcoming volume Art, Hope, Action: Creative Praxis in Pandemic Times, which will be published by Archive Books.