CoBo Social officially launches Video Art Asia (VAA): www.videoartasia.com, the region’s first digital archive of video art works produced in Asia from the 1980s to the present, and a pivotal reference for artists, curators, researchers and collectors alike. VAA is an open platform that is free-of-charge and is accessible to the international community. Now you can enjoy the video works anytime, anywhere with a simple swipe of your fingertip on an electronic device.
CoBo Social 正式推出區內首個錄像藝術資料庫Video Art Asia（VAA）：www.videoartasia.com，精心收集了自1980年代至今於亞洲製作的錄像藝術作品，勢將成為藝術家、策展人、研究人員和收藏家重要的資訊參考網站。VAA是一個免費的網上平台，同時於世界各地開放數據。現在，只需以簡單的電子設備，大家即可隨時隨地觀賞錄像作品。
“The launch of Video Art Asia marks the increasing importance of moving image within the realm of contemporary art and the impact of technology on artistic practices, both in terms of production and archiving,” says Selina Ting, Editor-in-Chief of CoBo Social. Selina continues, “The platform also helps to put Asian video artists’ work and practices within a global framework. When we talk about video art of the 1980s, for example, we immediately think of the West for its advancement in technology and science. We forgot or simply didn’t know that Asia has also been an important experimental ground in the field since the 1980s.”
CoBo Social總編輯丁燕燕（Selina Ting）表示：「Video Art Asia的推出，標誌著當代藝術領域中移動影像日益重要的角色，以及科技對藝術在生產和保存方面所帶來的影響。平台還有助把亞洲錄像藝術家的作品和實踐放置於全球框架之內。例如，當談到20世紀80年代的錄像藝術時，我們馬上想到西方的藝術家，因為他們在科技和科學方面較為進步。我們忘記了或根本不知道，自80年代以來，亞洲也一直是這個領域的重要實驗基地。」
In the last two decades, the rise of IT industry in Asia made software and filming devices more accessible to a young generation of artists. Very often, they collaborate with friends from other domains to create highly sophisticated work. In countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, India, video art has becoming a very popular medium among the artists. However, due to its nature as moving image, a simple still image is insufficient to convey the concept and mood of the video work, hence, limiting these artists’ exposure to an international audience. VAA’s database will facilitate a secured circulation of artwork and bring global awareness to the video works produced in the region.
Indonesian artists Melati Suryodarmo and Tromarama, as well as Hong Kong artist duo COME INSIDE (Mak Ying Tung & Wong Ka Ying), with their video All My Love are just a couple of examples of the growing number of artists that will now be easily searchable with the new Video Art Asia platform.
現在於全新Video Art Asia平台可以輕鬆搜尋到不同亞洲地區的藝術家的精心創作，名單還會持續擴大，包括印尼藝術家Melati Suryodarmo和Tromarama的作品，以及香港二人組合COME INSIDE（麥影彤及黃嘉瀛）的影片《All My Love》等。
The Art in the Bar event last Thursday (14 September) saw over 1,000 Hong Kongers join in the visual art fun to bring Asian video art directly to some of Hong Kong’s most beloved bars in honour of the launch of the Video Art Asia platform by CoBo Social. The accessible and social setting encouraged viewers to simply sit back and enjoy the artwork from over 18 artists from around Asia including Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and China. With an exciting programme of dedicated screening sessions, performances, F&B offerings and social media competitions, the one-night event welcomes participants to further explore the realms of video art in Asia.
剛於上週四（9月14日）舉行的「Art in the bar」活動吸引了超過1,000人參與其中，於城中最受歡迎的酒吧感受視覺藝術的樂趣，以推廣CoBo Social推出的Video Art Asia平台。輕鬆的社交環境鼓勵觀眾輕鬆坐下來欣賞來自亞洲各地包括香港、泰國、印尼和中國的18位藝術家的作品。藉著專門放映、表演、限定餐飲優惠和社交媒體比賽等一連串精彩節目，這個一晚限定的活動歡迎大家進一步探索亞洲錄像藝術領域。
About Video Art Asia
Video Art Asia (VAA) is a digital archive of video art works from the region from 1980s to the present day. VAA offers a pivotal reference database for curators, researchers, artists and collectors, through an open platform that is free-of-charge and accessible to the international community.
Video Art Asia（VAA）是個網上錄像藝術資料庫，精心收藏了自80 年代以來至今的錄像藝術作品及紀錄。VAA作爲一個免費開放的資料庫，將成為世界各地藝術家、策展人、研究人員和收藏家的參考指標。
CoBo Social is the first Asia community platform for collectors to collect, connect and collide across various categories, including but not limited to contemporary art, design and fine wine — both online and offline. CoBo is an influencer in collecting, appreciating and education, with strong editorial contents, video salons, market surveys, international conferences and partnered events dedicated to discussing trending topics and accomplishing a viral contemporary art education mission.