trust & confusion

Tino Sehgal

trust & confusion

Echo, Moss and Spill

Pan Daijing, listening session two, and artist conversation with curator Xue Tan

Tino Sehgal

Songs of Ambivalence: A Performative Reading by Serene Hui

Mirrors, trust & confusion

Remain Calm (Air氣) (2021)

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine by Mette Edvardsen

Listening Session by Pan Daijing

Date & Time

23 Oct - 5 Dec, 2021 Tue–Sun | 11am–7pm


This Variation | 3/F, JC Contemporary (Registration required)
These Associations | Prison Yard


Free of charge


"What is probably the most radical, far-reaching, beautifully generous art programme of his generation." 
Martin Herbert at Art Review

“Something dazzlingly powerful, moving, and full of potential.”
Laura McLean-Ferris at Independent

"His work has an influence on how you experience reality, it makes you sensitive and alert, it has the power to transform spectators into new people."
Oscar van den Boogaard at Frieze Magazine  

“I was so enthralled I fell in step behind him, unable to tear myself away. We're in the middle of things. It is marvellous.”
Adrian Searle at The Guardian

A new episode of trust & confusion presents two most significant works by the critically acclaimed artist Tino Sehgal: These Associations, on the Prison Yard of Tai Kwun, and This Variation, on the 3/F Tai Kwun Contemporary gallery.

Originally commissioned for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, These Associations involves interpreters of various ages and backgrounds, from all walks of life. Here, adapted for the context of Hong Kong, 30 interpreters at any given time transform Tai Kwun’s historic Prison Yard into a changing and fluctuating live environment. In the 3/F Tai Kwun Contemporary gallery space is This Variation—first presented at dOCUMENTA (13)—where Sehgal’s most exuberant and musical work opens up dance to be experienced through listening and sensing.

Curated by Xue Tan with assistant curators Louiza Ho and Erin Li

Limited capacity for This Variation in 3/F gallery space; online reservation is recommended before visiting. Walk-ins are welcome on weekdays.

Artist Talk with Tino Sehgal

Artist Talk with Tino Sehgal
10 November 2021 (Wednesday)
JC Cube
​​​​​​​Free Admission⁠ (First come, first served)

Come join this artist talk by Tino Sehgal, in conversation with the curator Xue Tan, on the occasion of the world-renowned artist’s works being presented in Hong Kong for the first time.

Tino Sehgal’s work is identified with the paradigmatic shift that replaced a static material object with movement and conversation in art institutions worldwide. Redefining the museum as a place for social interactions, his work creates live interconnections—compositions of voices, games, choreographies, and people, without involving or generating any physical materials. 

For the exhibition trust & confusion, two significant works by the artist, These Associations and This Variation, is currently presented, with over 170 participants and dancers from Hong Kong. Xue Tan, curator of the exhibition will speak with the artist—who will be livestreaming into the auditorium—about his practice and the works for Hong Kong.

Photo Credit: Wolfgang Tillmans, 2013

Artist Bio

Tino Sehgal

One of the most important artists in recent decades, the work of Tino Sehgal (b. 1976, UK; lives in Berlin) unfolds itself not by way of the object but by ephemeral constructed situations. Redefining the museum as a place for social relations, Sehgal radically eliminates the conventional art object, shifting the focus to live interconnections—compositions of voices, choreographies, and people, without involving or generating any physical materials. 

Marked by his training in political economy and dance, Sehgal’s live works consist of language, conversations, games, movements, and choreographies, poignantly reflecting on the ways society today takes and is given shape. Like no other, Sehgal rearticulates art spaces as a ritualistic environment of social interactions. Visitors often take part in the very construction of the works, which in turn prompt the visitors’ responses, opinions, and sentiments, and carry them to a new place. Thus, the conventional subject-object relation is challenged and redirected into a fleeting production of implication, engagement, connection, and belonging.  Meaning and value are thereby produced through the exchange of language and movement, rather than through the traditional operation of visual object and beholder. 

Sehgal’s work raises pertinent questions about the mass production and consumption of materials that have taken hold of our contemporary life. With a deep consideration of locality and minimal carbon footprint, a full cast of over 170 people was chosen in Hong Kong through a long process of exchange, training, and collaboration—offering immeasurable community impact and turning the institution towards engagement beyond its usual remit.