TAI KWUN 2021 SUMMER SEASON31 May 2021, Monday
Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts has today unveiled its upcoming summer programme. Following a rejuvenating spring, the summer programming includes enticing and thought-provoking exhibitions and programmes for the community to revel in all summer long.
Tai Kwun seizes the summer with a delightful new exhibition Serendipity in the Street, which presents the discoveries of urban observers and artists as they re-examine the everyday happenings within the Central neighbourhood. Tai Kwun Contemporary’s highly anticipated exhibition, trust & confusion, continues to invite visitors to immerse themselves inside its multisensory journey. This evolving, accumulative exhibition grows in the “day” room with unfolding artworks, while solo and duo presentations debut their new episodes in the “night” room, from June until December. Additional exhibitions — INK CITY and Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys — unfold with a wide range of public programmes for visitors to explore the meaning of urban life. Tai Kwun has also partnered with the Hong Kong Arts Festival to host HKartsFestival@TaiKwun, which will span two weeks in June.
Further extending its summer offerings, Tai Kwun launches a bold programming line-up that can be attended regularly, including the long-awaited Tai Kwun Conversations and a new screening series, Everyone’s Sick, that will run in-depth interviews with more than 20 local artists.
Serendipity in the Street
Serendipity in the Street is an exhibition that brings together urban observers and artists as they record happenings in the Central neighbourhood, focusing on people’s adaptive and creative use of one of Hong Kong’s most precious commodities — Space.
“Modernologio” — an observation practice that focuses on everyday life, originating in Japan, has been adopted by this exhibition as a research method. It helps lead us to identify the interconnections between people, space and activity. A series of pre-exhibition community engagement workshops is being conducted with a primary focus on specific open spaces within Tai Kwun. Participants are invited to explore the adaptability of Tai Kwun’s sites, with the exhibition’s aim being to stimulate the reimagination of every space in connection with our community and lifestyles. (23 July–3 October)
trust & confusion
trust & confusion is an exhibition about the conversation of certainty and chance; the transformative power of bodies, intangibles, and ephemeral encounters; music and magic; and the luck of being alive, with all the concerns that come with it. The exhibition unfolds over several episodes in an evolving, accumulating configuration, presenting more than 20 newly commissioned works from an intergenerational, international, and cosmopolitan group of artists.
As you enter the exhibition, you’ll discover the sounds of birds and humans conversing; a short splash of dance; a posture reminiscent of a public sculpture in Hong Kong; melodies sung by a group of tone-deaf singers; a molecule striking a new olfactory possibility; foam mattresses transmitting the sound of one’s own radio, among others. As a tribute to the bare human voice as the most vibrant and direct form of communication, a weekly release of voices by artists, writers, poets, and choreographers is made available on www.trusting.hk.
During this 8-month exhibition, artworks will grow and evolve in the day room, while solo or duo presentations will debut in the night room for each episode. Changes will take place after each full moon with performances and other happenings. (Until 5 December)
INK CITY presents an expanded tradition of ink art, with works by artists inspired by the immediate encounters of contemporary life. Collectively, INK CITY showcases the social narrative of a generation marked by transition: some stories tell the unique perspective of Hong Kong at the end of its colonial era, while other narratives take in the vast range of the Mainland’s diaspora and echo shared social experiences of gender identity, desire, and fantasy. The works draw on the history of ink art and yet innovate in terms of motifs and subject matter, allowing for an honest appraisal of social issues and untold stories. (Until 1 August)
Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys
Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys takes the extensive personal archive of the late Hong Kong artist Ha Bik Chuen as a starting point to explore the concept of the archive as a space of creativity and enquiry. It features new commissions from artists Banu Cennetoğlu, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lam Wing Sze, Raqs Media Collective, and Walid Raad. (Until 1 August)
bewitched, bewildered, bothered
bewitched, bewildered, bothered is a three-day public programme and a publication that explore the politics of posthumous archives. Taking Asia Art Archive’s temporary custodianship of the late Ha Bik Chuen’s personal archive as its roots, this programme brings together artists and thinkers to discuss the challenges and inadequacies of archives to recover and represent what is “lost”. (15–17 June)
Spanning over two weekends in June, the HKartsFestival@TaiKwun encourages public participation in the arts through an array of immersive online and on-site programmes. Curated and performed by over 100 local as well as international artists, visitors to the festival can partake in and witness all-encompassing interactive art tech installations, site-specific creations, pop-up performances and real-time interactive improvisations. (12–20 June)
Tai Kwun is also pleased to announce new regular programmes. Everyone’s sick is the latest extensive video series by the artist Wong Wai Yin as she expands on the work from her solo exhibition Without Trying in 2016. The new series showcases interviews with 20 artists, writers and educators who are invited to discuss their growth, struggles and situations related to the art scene; this video series which will be screening throughout June. 55 Squared, Tai Kwun’s wall art project on the Parade Ground, features works by Yarli Allison, which brings together floral and architectural elements, both physically and digitally (with an Augmented Reality sculptural garden). Tai Kwun Conversations returns with seasoned professionals dedicated to heritage and conservation. Other regular programmes continue to delight visitors. The online programme, On Stage Online, extends the performances’ showtime to 31 August. Our Afternoon Series continues to feature enchanting performances by a range of up-and-coming local artists every Monday in July; cinema lovers can drop by Sunday Movie Steps to catch a flick they won’t catch anywhere else.
Please visit www.taikwun.hk for the latest line-up and programming.
The entire Tai Kwun site is open to the public daily from 8am to 11pm, while JC Contemporary is open from 11am to 7pm every Tuesday to Sunday.
Tai Kwun’s social distancing measures comply with the latest safety regulations. Visitors are required to wear surgical masks, undergo temperature screening, and either scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code or register personal particulars. Eating and drinking in public areas is temporarily prohibited. The frequency of cleaning is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun.
Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun
Programme details are subject to change. Please refer to the Tai Kwun websites for news and updates.