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Register for ‘Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour’ talks

Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour is the Hong Kong edition of the exhibition Songs for Disaster Relief conceived by multidisciplinary artist Samson Young for the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2017. Featuring a series of sculptures, objects, videos, sound installations, and site-specific pieces, the exhibition offers a unique audiovisual experience that re-examines the popularity of charity singles from the 1980s. Creatively repurposing and misreading iconic songs made by popular artists for charitable causes, Young draws on seemingly unrelated past and current events to explore the social, political, and philosophical implications of charity singles in a cross-cultural context. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, guided tours, and live performances. Access services can be arranged in advance.
 
The exhibition is curated by M+ Guest Curator Ying Kwok, with M+ Deputy Director and Chief Curator Doryun Chong as Consulting Curator.

Exhibition Period:
9 February to 6 May 2018 
Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays
11:00am to 6:00pm
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
westkowloon.hk

 

Talks

Where is the Voice – Listening in the Gallery
Focusing on the imaginative power of speech and the human voice—a key element of the audiovisual installations in the exhibition Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour—this talk will begin with a presentation by art writer Yang Yeung and will continue with a discussion with curator Dayang Yraola. Both speakers have a special interest in the presentation of sound and listening experiences in gallery spaces. Taking Samson Young’s current work as a way to understand the multiple capacities of the human voice in exhibitions of visual art, the speakers will explore how voices are presented within the exhibition and how they carry beyond it, examining the way they shape and are shaped by the exhibition space.

Date and Time: 
24.2.2018 (Sat) 2:00 – 3:30pm
Venue:
V1310, Innovation Think Tank, 13/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, PolyU, Hong Kong
Language:
English (with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese)
Speaker:
Yang Yeung, art writer
Respondent:
Dayang Yraola, curator

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Turning Charity Singles into History: Formulas, Lessons, Challenges
Opening with a presentation by Professor Lucy Robinson, this talk will offer a historical analysis of sixty-five charity singles released in the UK between 1984 and 1995, and will also address a number of protest songs, benefit singles, and charity albums. The talk will explore how these efforts were instrumental in raising awareness of and donations for social issues, and in helping to build a sense of community around disaster relief, at home and abroad. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Dr Chow Yiu Fai, whose extensive knowledge of Chinese cultural studies and popular music will offer insight into historical references and the role of charity singles in Hong Kong.

Date and Time: 
24.3.2018 (Sat) 2:00 – 3:30pm
Venue:
V1310, Innovation Think Tank, 13/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, PolyU, Hong Kong
Language:
English (with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese)
Speaker:
Professor Lucy Robinson, Collaborative History, The University of Sussex
Respondent:
Dr Chow Yiu Fai, Associate Professor of the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University
 
Register now
 
Free shuttle bus service to the M+ Pavilion is available immediately following the talks.
Enquiries: 2200 0310 talkrsvp@mplus.org.hk

 

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