10th Pacific Arts Association International Symposium

09 August 2010, Cook Islands

The Pacific Arts Association Conference, will be held for two days from 9 -11 August 2010 and aims to benchmark several policies devoted to the study of all the arts of Oceania.

The theme ‘Pacific Arts in the 21st Century  Museums, New Global Communities and Future Trends’ will highlight issues surrounding the creation, dispersal, possession, repatriation, stewardship and interpretation of pacific art in the 21st century.

Focus of sessions
1. Objects from Central and Eastern Polynesia (the Cook Islands, Society Islands, Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands, Rapa Nui) in museums and private collections. Current research on 19th century and earlier works, including scientific testing.

2. Pacific Islanders' views today on the relationship between objects and atua (spirit beings, deified ancestors, and `gods').

3. Contemporary work by Pacific Islander artists, including Pasifika work coming out of urban centres; how artists influence changing perceptions and understandings of Pacific culture.

4. The emerging role of museum websites and other web entities dealing with Pacific art. “Virtual repatriation” - what is it? can it work?

5. Representing Pacific art and cultures. The role of libraries, archives, museums and other institutions in the Pacific in furthering the understanding of Pacific art and raising issues concerning the interpretation of Pacific art by institutions world-wide.