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Online conversations with Tai Kwun Contemporary

Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong 

8 Aug, 6 pm 
15 Aug, 7 pm

Eisa Jocson, Akira Takayama, Kohei Sekigawa

Tai Kwun Contemporary is launching an online series of tours and conversations, in addition to our VR 360° virtual gallery. On select Wednesdays and Saturdays in August, we will be live-streaming tours of our current exhibitions, along with conversations between curators and artists. This hopefully highlights the enduring power of art in connecting people and communities, and sustains an inquisitive attitude towards our world at this challenging time.

Find out more about the online programmes for They Do Understand Each Other and My Body Holds Its Shape.

Conversations:

Saturday, 8 Aug 2020, 6 – 7.15 pm Hong Kong time
“Trust in the Public: Akira Takayama and Kohei Sekigawa in conversation with Yuka Uematsu” 
(Japanese with closed captioning in English)

Yuka Uematsu, curator at The National Museum of Art, Osaka and co-curator of They Do Not Understand Each Other at Tai Kwun Contemporary will engage Akira Takayama and Kohei Sekigawa in a conversation on performative actions by people often unseen in society, activating the democratic potential of commercial spaces such as fast food joints or creating resonance through intimate distances. With an emphasis on public access in contemporary art spaces, “Trust in the Public” will be centred on the suspension of belief that is necessary in learning how to be together differently.

Saturday, 15 Aug 2020, 7 – 8.30 pm
“Performing Live in Quarantine: Eisa Jocson in conversation with curator Xue Tan” (English)

A choreographer, dancer, and visual artist based in Manila, Eisa Jocson explores the politics of the Philippine body, particularly with regards to the questions of representation and visibility, on a spectrum between coercion and choice. She looks at how the body moves, physically and across borders, and the conditions under which it moves.

For her new project Zoo—the third part of her Happyland series—Jocson continues her research on labour and fantasy production. The work starts off by looking into the animal characters played by humans in theme parks, caged animals in zoos, and eventually turning to global quarantine conditions.

With the pandemic raging all over the world and with the consequent travel bans and social distancing measures, Zoo has been able to continue developing physically and virtually in the exhibition space. In this conversation, the artist Eisa Jocson will be joined by the curator of My Body Holds Its Shape Xue Tan, where they will be sharing more about responsiveness of this project in the time of COVID19, and the performativity of virtual bodies.

Upcoming online tours:

Wednesday, 12 Aug 2020, 5 – 6 pm: Xue Tan (English),
My Body Holds Its Shape

Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020, 7 – 8 pm: Daniel Szehin Ho (Cantonese),
They Do Not Understand Each Other

Saturday, 22 Aug 2020, 5 – 6 pm: Jill Angel Chun (Cantonese),
My Body Holds Its Shape


About Tai Kwun Contemporary
Tai Kwun Contemporary is the contemporary art programming arm of Tai Kwun dedicated to showcasing contemporary art exhibitions and programmes as platforms for a continually expanding cultural discourse in Hong Kong. 

Working with other like-minded institutions and art groups to present the highest standards of exhibition-making and art programming, Tai Kwun Contemporary hosts six to eight curated exhibitions every year alongside exciting public programmes. Reflecting as well as contributing to Hong Kong’s contemporary art landscape, these exhibitions affirm the city’s position as a leading international art hub in Asia. 


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