The four curators of „Discordant Harmony“ have interviewed scholars, artists, philosophers, historians and important thinkers to look into various pressing issues of concerning East Asia against the backdrop of this project. The intensive interviews, each 30 minutes long, will provide diverse insights and perspectives on the history, art, philosophy and the complex internal and external relations, both within, but also out of East Asia.

    Wang Hui – “The Prospect of Asia as a Trans-National Society”

    Interviewed by Carol Yinghua Lu

    Wang Hui is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research focuses on contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history. From May 1996 to July 2007, he was the executive editor of the influential journal Dushu (i.e. Reading).

      Wang Wei – “Asia as the Possibility of the Exchange of Experiences and Practices, Not as a Locality"

      Interviewed by Carol Yinghua Lu.

      The poet Wang Wei was born in Guizhou Province in 1975 and has been primarily based in Beijing since 1996. Working as the chief commentator for human geographic magazines in Tibet and Xinjiang Province for seven years, Wang Wei began to focus his attention on issues surrounding the border regions of China. He had dialogues with contemporary writers on the possibilities of an “Asian Writer”, a kind of “future literature” and political philosophy. In July 2011, he co-initiated the Multi-future project, a project that takes a geographical approach to and perspective on the history of ideas, undertaking field studies on various themes in the northwest, southwest and northeast of China. The project assembles an amalgam of text, image, video and individual practice made by a group of writers, social scientists, photographers and filmmakers.

        Chen Chieh-Jen – “Taking Equality as a Solution: A Political Story from My Life”

        Interviewed by Huang Chien-Hung

        Chen Chieh-Jen was born in 1960 in Taoyuan, Taiwan. He currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Chen employed extra-institutional underground exhibitions and guerrilla-style art actions to challenge Taiwan's dominant political mechanisms during a period marked by the Cold War, anti-communist propaganda and martial law (1950 – 1987). After martial law ended, Chen ceased artistic activity for eight years. Returning to art in 1996, he started collaborating with local residents, unemployed labourers, day workers, migrant workers, foreign spouses, unemployed youth and social activists. They occupied factories owned by capitalists, slipped into areas cordoned off by the law and utilized discarded materials to build sets for his video productions. In order to visualize contemporary reality and a people’s history that was obscured by neo-liberalism, Chen embarked on a series of video projects in which he used strategies he calls “re-imagining, re-narrating, re-writing and re-connecting”.

          Chen Kuan-Hsing – “Asia as Method”

          Interviewed by Huang Chien-Hung

          Chen Kuan-Hsing is a professor at the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies of the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He has published extensively in both Chinese and English, including edited volumes in English: Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (1996) and Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (1998); and in Chinese: De-Imperialization—Asia as Method (2006), Cultural Studies in Taiwan (2000) and The Partha Chatterjee Seminar--Locating Political Society: Modernity, State Violence and Postcolonial Democracies (2000). His own books include Media/Cultural Criticism: A Popular-Democratic Line of Flight (1992, in Chinese) and The Imperialist Eye (2003, in Korean). He is co-executive editor of the journal Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

            Inuhiko Yomota – “Melodramatic Imagination: Border-Crossings in Cinema in East Asia”

            Interviewed by Yukie Kamiya

            Inuhiko Yomota, born in 1953 in Hyogo Pref. is a Japanese author, cultural essayist and film historian who now lives and works in Tokyo. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in religious studies, and continued in graduate school there to study comparative literature and culture. He has been a guest professor and researcher at various institutions in various countries such as Konkuk University in South Korea, Columbia University in the United States, the University of Bologna in Italy, Tel Aviv University in Israel and Pristina University in Kosovo, and was formerly a Professor of Film Studies and Comparative Literature at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.

            His main area of study is film history, particularly the history of film in Asian countries. He has published nearly eighty books since the beginning of his career and won several literary prizes, including the Kodansha Essay Prize. He has also translated works by American and Palestinian authors into Japanese.

              Toshiki Okada – "Plays with the Body as Local Medium in Asia"

              Interviewed by Yukie Kamiya

              Born in Yokohama in 1973, Okada is a playwright / director. In 1997, he formed the theatre company “chelfitsch”. Since then he has written and directed all of the company's productions, practicing a distinctive methodology in creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, his play Five Days in March won the prestigious 49th Kishida Kunio Drama Award. Okada took part in the 2005 Toyota Choreography Award with Air Conditioner (Cooler) (2005), garnering much attention. In February of 2007, his collection of novels, The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed, debuted and was awarded the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. He has been a member of the jury of the Kishida Kunio Drama Award since 2012. In 2013, his first book on theatre studies was published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha.

                Park Chan Kyong – “Liberate East Asia from the Common Perception of ‘East Asia’”

                Interviewed by Sunjung Kim

                Park Chan Kyong, born in 1965, is an artist and a filmmaker. After receiving his BA in Painting from Seoul National University, he studied for his MA in photography at the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his works internationally, including at venues such as Akademie Schloss Solitude(Stuttgart, Germany), Atelier Hermès(Seoul, Korea), REDCAT(Los Angeles, USA) and Gwangju Biennale(Gwangju, Korea). He has received many awards for his art works and films, including the Hermès Korea Misulsang (2004) and the Golden Bear Prize for Short Films of the Berlin International Film Festival (2011). He was recently an artistic director of MediaCity Seoul 2014.

                  Oh Seung Yul – "Perspectives on Asia : An Economic Approach"

                  Interviewed by Sunjung Kim

                  Oh Seung Yul is Dean of the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He received his PhD in Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His areas of focus are Chinese economics, North Korean economics and economic relations.