HOPE—Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini After Hours

HOPE—Patricia Piccinini

Guided Tour: Who’s Next?

Family Day at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Patricia Piccinini’s Choice

Patricia Piccinini After Hours

HOPE – Patricia Piccinini: Teacher's Morning & Teacher’s Workshop

Tai Kwun Conversations: HOPE — A Dialogue between Patricia Piccinini and Tobias Berger

Workshop: Making of Hope — Patricia Piccinini

Date & Time

24 Jun - 29 Jul, 2023 3pm - 4:30pm


2/F JC Contemporary


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


Patricia Piccinini After Hours

An intimate and informal series of conversations over three Saturdays, Patricia Piccinini After Hours explores some of the ideas in the exhibition HOPE—about the nature of history, progress, and technology, and about our collective ability to create warm and caring relationships and to live lovingly with each other.

With works that re-imagine the relationship between “us humans” and “others”, Patricia Piccinini opens up a space for reflection. How are the interrelations between technology, nature, and various species changing amidst rapid scientific advances? How should we as humans change the ways we think about and live with other species?

Join Patricia Piccinini After Hours to hear from a fascinating spectrum of speakers working in dance, Feng shui, history, and literature, including Izumi Nakayama, Lai Tsz Yuen, Samwai Lam, Albert Tam, Elysa Wendi, and Thierry Chow. They will chat, joke, and digress on a broad range of topics, centred around the themes and artistic practices encountered in HOPE—Patricia Piccinini.

Biohacking the Body, Abilities, and Memories
24 June 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speakers: Izumi Nakayama, Elysa Wendi

As a visually challenging exhibition, HOPE—Patricia Piccinini raises many questions about normative standards, multispecies relations, and increasing technological interventions into bodies. In this vein, it might be productive to look at biohacking: while biohacking focuses on transcending the corporeal limitations of the human body, it also problematically reproduces the notion of a uniform set of “normal” abilities.

In this conversation between Izumi Nakayama, a scholar of body, gender, and technology, and Elysa Wendi, a choreographic film maker and artist, we will consider the theoretical aspirations and limitations of biohacking and discuss the multiplicity of bodies, abilities, and its embodied memories.

Our Distance to Frankenstein
8 July 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speakers: Samwai Lam, Albert Tam

A masterpiece of horror and macabre, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) has long been influential in how we think about “monsters” and the non-human, in particular “unexpected consequences”. Indeed, Frankenstein subsequently defined some of the parameters of the genre of science fiction. Frankenstein has also deeply influenced the artist Patricia Piccinini, who in turn emphasises the need for compassion towards the non-human, including scientifically modified organisms.

This conversation between two writers, Samwai Lam and Albert Tam, will delve into certain science-fiction works of literature and film; along the way, they will consider the possibilities for multi-species co-existence in a technological age centred on the human.

A Dialogue from Feng Shui to Contemporary Technology
29 July 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speakers: Thierry Chow, Lai Tsz Yuen      

Fascinated by various “unexpected consequences” of progress, Patricia Piccinini has long explored the entanglements between humanity, animals, nature, and technology. She has long tried to break down or blur the boundaries between these categories—which in a way de-centres the role of the human and problematises the divisions between “reason” and “unreason”.

Looking at Feng shui might therefore offer something intriguing. As an ancient Chinese technology, Feng Shui is a system of correlations that integrates humanity and nature; it also serves as a mechanism to help us make decisions. Faced with uncertainties that constantly arise in our lives, how do a Feng Shui master and a philosopher interpret numerology and divination, and overcome the ecology of exceptions?

Venue: 2/F JC Contemporary

This event will be conducted in Cantonese and English, with simultaneous interpretation into Cantonese or English, respectively.

The events are free but do not include tickets to the exhibition HOPE—Patricia Piccinini. Please refer to Klook and on-site ticketing for ticketing details.

Speakers Bio

Thierry Chow
Lai Tsz Yuen
Samwai Lam
Izumi Nakayama
Albert Tam
Elysa Wendi

Thierry Chow has made it her mission to demystify and modernise feng shui for a new generation. Since 2011, she has apprenticed under her father, Mr. Chow Hon Ming, one of Asia’s most respected feng shui masters. Thierry founded Go Lucky, a modern feng shui concept that combines traditional approaches in the context of a fast-paced modern life. Through her practice of combining the old with the new, Thierry makes feng shui accessible and easy to understand.

With her unique style and creative eye, Chow seeks to show that feng shui is not about magic or superstition but rather a logical method to interpret and understand how an individual’s environment influences daily life, relationships, career, health and wealth.

Chow has appeared on numerous television programmess including Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. She has been featured in publications including LA Times, WWD, CNN, and Vogue, among others, and has collaborated with major brands like Prada, Gucci, Kenzo, Fortnum & Mason, Lane Crawford, and Soho House, to name a few.

Thierry has a BA major in illustration from Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada. She lives in Hong Kong with her three chihuahuas.

Lai Tsz Yuen has recently lectured on “techno-humanity”, “intellectual history of media art”, and “ethics of interactive media/computer games” at various universities in Hong Kong and Guangdong. He has been engaged in cultural criticism and contemporary art curation and education since 2009. He has worked in the media and is currently research assistant professor at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Samwai Lam earned her master and bachelor of arts degrees in comparative literature from the University of Hong Kong. Her novels include White Dirt (2016) and Moon Phase (2020). Lam’s art criticism, shortlisted for the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC), and her short stories, for which she received a literary award from the House of Hong Kong Literature, have appeared in City MagazineFleurs des LettresMING'S, and Esquire HK.

Izumi Nakayama is a scholar with research interests focusing  on body, gender, labour, and technology in modern and contemporary Japan and East Asia, examining various histories, including those of menstruation, menopause, and death. Through her teaching, she addresses topics such as new reproductive technologies, bioethics, and biohacking to explore the intersecting issues of food, time, emotions, and life itself.

Albert Tam is a Hong Kong Science Fiction and Mystery writer and featured in Hong Kong Book Fair Theme “Sci-Fi and Mystery”. He has long been concerned with technological development and Internet culture.

His book Humanoid Software, which combines AI and cultural conservation, won the first Chinese Science Fiction Xingyun Award for Best SF Novel.He also compiled the "History of Hong Kong Science Fiction". In recent years, he has participated in the "Detective Cafe" anthologies and created a series of mystery stories based on Chungking Mansions, public housing, community changes and development in Hong Kong.

Elysa Wendi is an independent filmmaker and artist based between Hong Kong and Singapore.

Formally trained as a dancer and choreographer before she began working with moving image and expanded performance, Wendi’s practice investigates the dislocation and displacement of memories and identities, rooted in the tensions between her nomadic lifestyle for most of her childhood and working life, and her present desire to find anchorage within the remote mountains of Hong Kong.

Straddling the amorphous boundaries between borders, languages, and histories, Wendi works through hybrid documentary projects, audio-visual essays, and meta-choreographic rituals to explore the autofictional narratives of bodies and movements.

Her films have been screened widely at film festivals, including Jihlava, Le FIFA (Montréal), and Image Forum (Tokyo), and awarded in Hong Kong (Gold Award, 28th ifva) and Tainan (Best Experimental Film, 17th South Taiwan Film Festival) amongst others.