M+ Pioneers Events | Powers at Play

M+ Pioneers Event: Walking the Line between Fact and Fiction with Tuan Andrew Nguyen (The Propeller Group)*

Join the artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen, a founding member of Ho Chi Minh City–based The Propeller Group, as he talks about blurring the boundaries between art, advertising, and popular media culture in Vietnam, and shares the origins of the group’s 2014 filmThe Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music.

Date:
27 June 2018 (Wed)

Time:
6:30–7:30pm

Venue:
M+ Pavilion

Shuttle Bus:
Shuttle bus service from Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, to the M+ Pavilion at 6:15pm. Return service at 7:45pm) 

Speaker:
Artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen (The Propeller Group)

Language:
Conducted in English

Enquiries:
mpluspioneers@mplus.org.hk
*This is an M+ Pioneers event. For more details please visit www.westkowloon.hk/mpluspioneers.


M+ Pioneers Event: De-formation of the Everyday*

Designer Hans Tan shares his observations and strategies in reinterpreting the familiar and everyday.

Date:
9 July 2018 (Mon)

Time:
7:00–8:00pm

Venue:
SunnyHills (8, Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong)

Speaker:
Designer Hans Tan 

Language:
Conducted in English

Enquiries:
mpluspioneers@mplus.org.hk

*This is an M+ Pioneers event. For more details please visit www.westkowloon.hk/mpluspioneers.


 

Powers at Play

Artists Kiri Dalena and Charles Lim, architect Lim Chong Keat, and architectural historian Lai Chee Kien present how their practice and research have addressed and engaged with state and institutional forces in the context of postcolonial nation-building and present-day statecraft in Southeast Asia.

Date:
12 September 2018 (Wed)

Time:
6:30–8:30pm

Venue:
Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)

Speakers:
Artists Kiri Dalena and Charles Lim, architect Lim Chong Keat, and architectural historian Lai Chee Kien

Moderators:
Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art
Shirley Surya, Associate Curator, Design and Architecture 

Language:
Conducted in English (with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese)

Registration:
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in advance.

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Enquiries:
vera.lam@mplus.org.hk / (852) 2200 0332 

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the programme starting time.

About the Speakers

Kiri Dalena (Filipino, born 1975) studied Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and further pursued her studies in documentary filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute in Quezon City. In her multidisciplinary art practice that encompasses photography, sculpture, video, and film, she examines, discusses, and contextualises historical and current sociopolitical topics—particularly in the framework of the Philippines—from the position of an actively involved citizen, artist, and filmmaker. Her work is widely shown at international exhibitions and film festivals, including the Manila Biennale (2018); SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to Now (National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum, 2017); JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017); the Busan Biennale (2016); Time of Others (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, 2016); the Tromsø International Film Festival (2015); the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2014); the Singapore Biennale (2013); the Sharjah Biennial (2013); and The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible (Metropolitan Museum of Manila, 2013). Her work is in the collections of the Lopez Museum and Library, the Singapore Art Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Charles Lim (Singaporean, born 1973) studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, graduating in 2001. Lim is a former professional and Olympic sailor, and his artistic practice stems from an intimate engagement with the natural world, informed by field research and experimentation, and encompassing drawing, photography, and digital video. His long-term SEA STATE project, which began in 2005, examines the political and biophysical contours of Singapore through the lens of the sea. Lim’s work has been exhibited widely across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, including at Documenta 11 (2002, with the collective tsunamii.net), Manifesta 7 (2008), the Shanghai Biennale (2008), the Singapore Biennale (2011), the Dojima River Biennale in Osaka (2013), the Biennale of Sydney (2016), the EVA International in Ireland (2016), and the Aichi Triennale in Japan (2016). His recent solo exhibitions have been held at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2016), and the Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich (2017). In 2015, he represented Singapore at the Venice Biennale. His 2011 short film All the Lines Flow Out won a special mention award at the Venice Film Festival, the first film from Singapore to achieve that honour. 

Lim Chong Keat (Malaysian, born 1930) is a prolific architect and urban designer, trained at the University of Manchester and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A co-founder of the Malayan Architects Co-partnership and the successor firm Architects Team 3, Lim played an influential role in advancing architectural education and professionalisation in Malaysia and Singapore, and in shaping Singapore’s urban development. He served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Association of Architects Board of Architectural Education, President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (1966–1969), founding Chairman of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia) (1969–1974), member of the Singapore Housing and Development Board (1959–1965), and member of the United Nations State and City Planning Review Panel for Singapore (1969–1971). He was a visiting professor at the University of Manchester (1995–2004); Quatercentenary Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (1995); recipient of the PAM Gold Medal given by the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (the Malaysian Institute of Architects) (1997); and Singapore Institute of Architects Gold Medalist (2015). Lim co-organised the ‘Campuan’ meetings and exchanges in Bali and Penang with Buckminster Fuller (revived as the Buckyworld Confluence) and published the botanical journal Folia Malaysiana, as part of his ongoing work in botanical research and conservation.

Lai Chee Kien (Singaporean, born 1965) is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and is a registered architect in Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master of Architecture degree and earned a PhD in the History of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur (2007), Cords to Histories (2013), Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015), Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence (2016), and The Merdeka Interviews (2018). His research focuses on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism, and landscapes in Southeast Asia.