In Conversation: Tuguldur Yondonjamts and Denis Byrne

Antipode suit #1, 2005, 16mm filming on the Bogd Khaan mountain

In the context of the AHRC Heritage Research programme Deterritorialising the Future, and his residency at Arts Catalyst, Tuguldur Yondonjamts will be in conversation with archaeologist Denis Byrne.

Taking the artist’s investigative practice and its interest in the rapidly changing Mongolian society as a departure point, the dialogue between Yondonjamts and Byrne will explore the intertwining of rituals, objects and practices within the dramatically accelerating Mongolian economy, which is deeply affected by the extraction of natural resources as the basis of its economic development.
Tuguldur Yondonjamts is a Mongolian artist who works with video, drawing and installation. His work is very much dependent on research and careful analysis of certain environments and materials, and it investigates physical and psychological space between tamed and untamed worlds. By using investigational logic, his videos and drawings are an outcome that comes from his travels, thinking about languages, distances and his continuous tries to communicate with the remote space. The nomadic culture of Central Asia is critical to interpreting Yondonjamts’s work. For him, these are symbolic endeavors, studying the issues affecting Mongolia’s society and economic development.

Denis Byrne is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has worked in both the government and academic spheres of heritage conservation and has been a leading contributor to critical debates on heritage issues in Southeast Asia and indigenous Australia. He is co-editor (with Sue O’Connor and Sally Brockwell) of Transcending the Culture-Nature Divide in Cultural Heritage (2013) and author of Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia (2007).

This event is free, booking essential. Lunch will be provided.