Hong Kong Conversations is an ongoing talk series focusing on Hong Kong’s cultural ecology within a social and political framework and complementing AAA's Teaching Labs programme. The 2014 series addresses issues of art writing, curatorial practice, and art education with video artist May Fung, professor Eva Man, and cultural critic Tang Siu Wa, and leading discussions with speakers from multiple disciplines.
Talk One | 26 Apr 2014, 11am-1pm, A Space, Asia Art Archive
Constructive Contention: Hot Spots in Hong Kong Art Criticism Written critiques and reviews provide more than just descriptive and evaluative components for artworks and art events; they expand the domain of art, and become a means of connecting it to wider audiences. In this talk, art writers from different backgrounds and generations will come together to share their experiences and discuss changes in the environment, audience, and methods of art writing in Hong Kong since the 1970s. Panel chair: Tang Siu Wa, poet, writer and cultural critic
Speakers: Oscar Ho, art critic and educator, Mui Chong Kee, art writer and artist, G Yeung, journalist and Curator of the Culture Section of House News
Written response: Chan Sai Lok, Columnist of City Magazine
Talk Two | 7 Jun 2014, 11.30am-1.30pm, A Space, Asia Art Archive
Diminishing Gaps? Public (Art) Museums in Hong Kong
Museums build stories around the works they collect and share these stories with multiple audiences through their exhibitions and programmes. Museums are thus sources for producing content and framing the main subjects of art writing. This talk examines the case of the Hong Kong Museum of Art (founded in 1962 as the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery) as the primary public institution dedicated to the development of art in Hong Kong, and asks how the establishment of newer museums such as the Heritage Museum (founded in 2000), and more recently, M+ (to open in 2017), enrich and complicate the landscape for art museums in Hong Kong.
Panel Chair: Eva Man Kit-wah, Professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University
Speakers: Louis Ho Kin-chung, Leader of Cultural Studies and Communication Programme, Community College, Lingnan University, Tina Pang, Curator (Hong Kong Art and Culture), M+ and former Curator, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Eve Tam Mei-yee, Chief Curator, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Written response: Anthony Leung Po-shan, art critic, PhD candidate, Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Click here for a list of readings selected by Eva Man Kit-wah.
Talk Three | 28 Jun 2014, 11am-1pm, A Space, Asia Art Archive
‘Mona Lisa’ at Home: The Roles of Parents in the Art Ecology
The family home can be the start of an enduring interest in art. Only parents in Hong Kong, like countless other cities, consider art to be distant; thereby relying on both formal and informal outside sources to teach art to their children. Through this discussion, artists and art educators investigate what possibilities exist to bring art and its education back into the home. Looking closely at how art in the home now exists Mona Lisa at Home asks if where we live can become an active place - not just to collect and present art - but in making, understanding, and appreciating its value inside as much as outside the home for generations to come.
Panel Chair: May Fung Meiwah, artist and former Deputy Supervisor, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Speakers: Lam Tung Pang, artist and art educator, Ricky Yeung Saucheuk, artist and art educator, Justin Wong Chuitat, artist
Respondent: Clara Cheung, C&G art collective
Supported by The S. H. Ho Foundation Limited
Media and Publication Partner: Modern Media Group