In a world of shifting and contested borders, how is Southeast Asia represented and understood? What are the undercurrents that pull the region together and push it apart? How have the trajectories of its past shaped its present and future?

SEA Currents is a platform for Southeast Asian art in London, helmed by a collective of artists, curators and researchers. We hope to connect this rapidly evolving region with the city of London, itself a convergence of many different cultures and a significant Southeast Asian presence.

The inaugural SEA Currents festival will explore questions of human rights, migration, diaspora, and Southeast Asia’s connection to Europe and the United Kingdom through performances, film screenings, talks, presentations and exhibitions – knit together in a one-day seminar series on the 18 November from 9.45am – 5pm at the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS. Entry is free to all, no booking required.

Header image: Film still from Boundary, by Nontawat Numbenchapol


12 October, Thursday
Deptford Lounge,
Screening of ‘The Story of…’, films by Trần Văn Thủy

3 November, Friday
Day 1: Launch of M.A.P. (Moving x Archive x Performance): Archiving Asia, Live Art Development Agency

6.30pm – 9pm: Talks by Dr Ray Langenbach (University of the Arts, Helsinki), Dr Dominic Johnson (Queen Mary University, London) and Something Human, followed by a durational performance by Noel Ed De Leon

4 November, Saturday
Day 2: Launch of M.A.P. (Moving x Archive x Performance): Archiving Asia, Live Art Development Agency

12pm – 7pm: Talks by Dr Eva Bentcheva (Batubalani), DARC (Tara Fatehi Irani, Manuel Vason, Jemima Yong), Melanie Keen (Iniva), Lois Keidan (LADA), Dr Ray Langenbach (University of the Arts, Helsinki), Hammad Nasar, Raju Rage, Erika Tan (with Whiskey Chow, Jess Heritage and Michael Taiwo), Sung Tieu and Loo Zihan.

18 November, Saturday
SEA Currents 2017: Discussion Day

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

9.45 – 10am, Welcome and introduction to SEA Currents 2017

10 – 10.30am, ‘Highlands Gospel’ (2016), presentation and discussion with photographer Aria Danaparamita on Baptist Christian communities in Burma’s Chin State

10.30 – 11.00, ‘Performance in Myanmar’, discussion with Ma Ei, Zoncy, Ellen Wiles, Annie Jael Kwan and Loredana Paracciani

11.00 – 11.30, ‘Turun Padang / Masuk Gelanggang: Artist Initiatives in Kuala Lumpur’, talk by Sau Bin Yap, and Q&A with Annie Jael Kwan

11.45 – 12.30, Screening of Maid in Mayfair (2017) by Vanessa Scully, followed by Q&A with Dr Eva Bentcheva

12.30 – 14.30, ‘Dividing Lines’: Screening of the documentary Boundary (2013) directed by Nontawat Numbenchapol, followed by panel discussion with Loredana Paracciani and Dr Rachel Harrison

14.30 -16.00, Screening of Forgetting Vietnam (2016) by Trinh T. Minh-ha

16.00 -17.00, ‘Post-Vietnam: Migration, Community and Artistic Representation’, panel discussion with Dr Pamela Corey, Tram Nguyen, Do Linh, Sung Tieu, and Something Human