Intelligence Squared Asia - Contemporary Art Excludes the 99 Percent

Rm N101, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Contemporary Art Excludes the 99 Percent


Intelligence Squared Asia is proud to present its next debate in Hong Kong, “Contemporary Art Excludes the 99 Percent." The event will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Friday, 18 May 2012.


IQ2 Asia, the region’s premier forum for live debate, will present four leading art world figures to argue the motion: "Contemporary Art Excludes the 99 Percent". This debate will address key issues such as: What is the role of contemporary art museums today? Are biennales and art fairs platforms for experiment and exchange, or little more than social attractions for the elite? Have collectors become the new curators? Are private and corporate interests in culture at odds with the public good? And ultimately, who is art for?


Speakers for the motion:

Ben Lewis – award-winning UK documentary film-maker, author and art critic

Paul Chan - Hong Kong-born American publisher and acclaimed artist


Speakers against the motion:

Joseph Kosuth - pioneer of conceptual and installation art

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor - director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney



Georgina Adam - The Art Newspaper editor-at-large


Consistent with its longstanding global commitment to promoting cultural vibrancy, Deutsche Bank is the lead sponsor of the 2011-2012 IQ2 Asia debate series.


Drinks reception in the foyer of the debate hall Rm N101 from 5:30pm.

Doors will open at 6.00pm and the debate will start at 6.30pm.


Tickets are HK$300 per person, and available through HK Ticketing at

+852 3128 8288 /

IQ2 Asia debate tickets are also valid for entry to ART HK 12 on Friday 18 May.


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IQ2 Asia was founded in 2009 as a unique forum for political, economic and cultural debate. The Hong-Kong based non-profit organisation has at its core a strong educational remit and is committed to encouraging creative thought and challenging dialogue in the region.


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