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Tai Kwun Conversations: Sound Imprints

Date & Time

7 Jun 2023 7:30pm – 9:00pm


JC Cube


Free of charge


A dialogue on changing regional "sound" and "print" cultures between Dr Ryo Ikeshiro and Dr Edward Sanderson, followed by a performance by Ikeshiro.

Can heritage be heard and not seen? Beyond bricks and mortar, what are the possibilities and intentions behind the building up and conserving of "immaterial heritage" through sound and print practices?

For this conversation, Dr Ryo Ikeshiro shares the findings from his work including the recent text, "Charting the Scene(s) of Sonic Arts in Hong Kong" (Organised Sound, Cambridge University Press, 2022 with Damien Charrieras and PerMagnus Lindborg) with Sounds Like Print project co-curator Dr Edward Sanderson, whose own PhD research addresses similar topics in the context of the Mainland.

The discussion draws on how local artists negotiate the changing relationship of sound between the "underground and academic milieux" in their own work and that of others, while bringing in examples from Sounds Like Print and other parts of the world. As scholars both writing on these subjects, Ikeshiro and Sanderson ponder their own methodological approaches, to ask: what role does academic and art print publishing, along with evolving contemporary media formats play in documenting the development of sonic art scenes? 

This Tai Kwun Conversation is a crossover event with the Artists' Book Library – a freely accessible collection of Asian artists' publications that have been created as artworks – and the associated project, Sounds Like Print, looking at the interplay of "sound" and "print" through a display of objects and a number of changing installations and public programmes by contemporary arts practitioners.

This conversation will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese, followed by a live Q&A session and special performance by Ryo Ikeshiro.

Please note that the galleries close at 7 pm, so remember to visit the Sounds Like Print project in the Artists' Book Library before attending the conversation.


Ingrid Pui Yee Chu, Co-curator, Sounds Like Print

Dr Ryo Ikeshiro, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Dr Edward Sanderson, Co-curator, Sounds Like Print

Ryo Ikeshiro

Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchanges as well as outstanding practices in heritage conservation.

Artist Bio

Dr Ryo Ikeshiro
Dr Edward Sanderson

Dr Ryo Ikeshiro is an artist, musician and researcher. His work explores the possibilities of meaning and context presented through sound as well as its materiality in relation to digital audio and audio technologies. His output includes installations and live performances in various formats including immersive audio-visual environments, 360-video and Ambisonics, field recordings, interactive works and generative works. He was part of the Asia Culture Center’s inaugural exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea, and he is a contributor to Sound Art: Sound as a medium of art, a ZKM Karlsruhe/MIT publication. He is an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Image: courtesy of Stefan Kaiser

Dr Edward Sanderson is an art critic and curator who received an MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths College in London in 2014, with a dissertation on alternative art practices and spaces in China. They received their PhD from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, focusing on "Non-Mainstream Sonic Culture in China Amid COVID-19" in 2022. Dr Sanderson curated the exhibition, Self-Criticism: Grounds for Sound (Sound Art in China), at the Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum in 2017, co-curated Sounds Like Print, at Tai Kwun Contemporary in 2023, and his writings on contemporary visual and sound art in China have appeared in a wide range of international and local magazines and journals.