M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, will present Mobile M+: Live Art, a series of cross-disciplinary public performance art events and exhibitions taking place at 8 different locations around the city which aim at exploring aspects of ‘liveness’ in contemporary art.

Mobile M+: Live Art, the 9th project in the acclaimed series prior to the opening of M+ in 2019, expands the definition of the work of art from a static object to a situation, where the main medium is the artist or performer’s body and looks to voice, breath, movement and physical effort as channels of artistic expression. Set across multiple sites in Hong Kong and spread over 17 days from 4 to 20 December, the show will include 10 artists of different generations from Hong Kong and South China, as well as Korea, Singapore and the United States.

Mobile M+: Live Art will not only challenge the conventional practices of both exhibition and performance, but also reflects the increasingly boundary-crossing, multidisciplinary practices of contemporary artists, who have long expanded their art making beyond galleries and exhibition halls into theatrical stages and public spaces,” said Doryun Chong, Chief Curator for M+ and Co-curator for this exhibition.

Scattered throughout Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, live events and exhibition displays will be embedded in diverse neighborhoods. Encompassing staged performances in a theatre setting, outdoor actions and interventions as well as displays of artworks doubling as performance documentation, Mobile M+: Live Art will feature a wide assortment of works dating from the mid-1990s to the present day (See Annex I for programme details).

Staged works:

Patty Chang (American, born 1972): Configurations

Chang’s groundbreaking performances from the late 1990s diverge from other endurance-oriented actions in part due to her unique attention to the technologies that preserve the work. Her live performances make explicit use of the recorded image and consider the perspective and presence of a viewer. In addition to her video works, Mobile M+: Live Art will debut her new lecture performance Configurations in Connecting Space, North Point.

Hu Xiangqian (Chinese, born 1983): Middle Aged Artist

Acclaimed for delivering performances with a distinctly personal, sometimes absurd, yet oft-times amusing edge, Hu’s contributions to Mobile M+: Live Art include a performative monologue and the screening of his multi-layered collaboration Reconstructing Michelangelo (2015) wherein Hu spent months imparting knowledge and advice to his assistant about how to think, act, walk, and talk like a contemporary performance artist.

Ming Wong (Singaporean, born 1971): Looking at the Stars

The latest chapter in Wong’s ongoing research into the realms of Cantonese opera and science fiction, Looking at the Stars explores the meeting of cinema, theatre, gender representation, and the intricate dance between language and translation, drawing inspiration from Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972) to tell a new kind of story.

Haegue Yang (Korean, born 1971): The Malady of Death: Écrire et Lire

A staged reading in Cantonese of the novella La maladie de la mort, written by French novelist and playwright Marguerite Duras (1914–1996), and an artist book featuring the first-ever traditional Chinese translation of the text. Novelist Hon Lai-chu and academic and filmmaker Yau Ching will recite the text on separate occasions.

Outdoor performance:

Lin Yilin (Chinese, born 1964): Twenty

In this new work, Lin Yilin references the Basic Law as a cornerstone of Hong Kong’s present system. Pages of the Basic Law have been woven into a massive rope, the centrepiece in a publicly staged tug-of-war. Like many of Lin’s works, Twenty hints at political uncertainties while adopting a playful and light-hearted attitude.

Eiko Otake (Tokyo, born 1952): A Body in Hong Kong

In a continuation of her larger project A Body in Places, Japanese-American artist Eiko Otake presents A Body in Hong Kong – a series of multiple outdoor performances throughout the city, in which she responds directly to the unique characteristics of Hong Kong.

Exhibitions:

John Cage (American, 1912–1992): Writings through the Essay: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1987).

The only installation work by American artist and composer John Cage,Writings through the Essay: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience creates an all-enveloping perceptual and spatial experience in which the audience interacts with recorded voices, lights according to instructions generated by the Chinese divination classic I-Ching (Book of Changes), and a daily-changing arrangement of six chairs.

Frog King Kwok (aka Kwok Mang Ho) (Hong Kong, born 1947) and Eiko Otake (Tokyo, born 1952)

In this site-specific installation, legendary Hong Kong artist Frog King Kwok reinterprets his major works from the mid-to-late 1970s. Complementing the installation is a haunting slideshow of images of dancer Eiko Otake, taken during her A Body in Fukushima performances.

Live Art: 1995 – 2015 includes Patty Chang  (American, born 1972), Hu Xiangqian (Chinese, born 1983), Lin Yilin (Chinese, born 1964), Pak Sheung Chuen (Hong Kong, born 1977) and Young Hay (Hong Kong, born 1963)

Bringing together five artists from Hong Kong, southern China, and the United States, this group exhibition features a variety of works exploring the relationship between performance and documentation – including video documentation, photography, and text-based instructions. With pieces spanning three decades, from 1995 to 2015, the exhibition shows how these works cross the divide between art and documentation and offer new ways of interpreting the relationship between the live event and the presentation of recorded acts and gestures.

Pauline J. Yao, Curator of Visual Arts of M+ and co-curator of this exhibition said, ”What unifies this group of performers is their affinity for foregrounding the body as a channel or mode of expression which can produce endlessly proliferating sets of meanings.”

 “While the artist’s body has become an integral and significant medium of artmaking for contemporary artists as well as an engine of artmaking in the region, there is also a growing attention towards Live Art in museums around the world,” said Dr Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+. “As the museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, M+ plays a pivotal role in offering audiences the unique experience of viewing and appreciating Live Art, which is also an indispensable component of our M+ Collection.”

Mobile M+: Live Art will be complemented by a range of exhibition tours, talks and workshops (See Annex II). Visit www.westkowloon.hk/liveart for more details of the programme and public education sessions. 

Notes:

West Kowloon Cultural District

The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural developments worldwide. Its vision is to create a vibrant cultural quarter for the city, a vital platform for the local arts scene to interact, develop and collaborate, and major facilities to host and produce world-class exhibitions, performances and arts and cultural events. It will provide 23 hectares of public open space including ample green space, a green avenue and a harbourfront promenade, and will be closely connected with the neighbourhood.

M+

M+ is the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District, encompassing 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond. The museum will take a multidisciplinary approach that both challenges and respects existing boundaries, while creating a meeting point for a diversity of perspectives, narratives and audiences. Due to open in 2019, M+ has already embarked on a number of public programmes and exhibitions, and has begun to assemble its permanent collection. The 62,000 square metre M+ building is designed by Herzog & de Meuron/TFP Farrells/Ove Arup & Partners and will be located at the heart of the 40 hectare West Kowloon Cultural District overlooking Victoria Harbour.

Annex I

Mobile M+: Live Art

Period

4.12.2015 – 20.12.2015

Admission

Free (Online registration is required for individual programmes)

Event Page

www.westkowloon.hk/liveart

Programme Table

Date & Time

Participating Artists and Programmes

Venue

Stage

4.12 (8pm)

5.12 (8pm)

 

Haegue Yang:

The Malady of Death: Écrire et Lire

Theatre 2, Sunbeam Theatre

(423 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong)

10.12 (7pm)

Hu Xiangqian:

Middle Aged Artist

Connecting Space Hong Kong (G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong)

10.12

(8pm)

Patty Chang:

Configurations

Connecting Space Hong Kong

(G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong)

12.12 (8pm)

13.12 (5pm)

Ming Wong:

Looking at the Stars

Multimedia Theatre, School of Creative Media, City University

(Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong)

Outdoor

6,11,12.12

Eiko Otake:

A Body in Hong Kong

Tim Mei Avenue footbridge, Admiralty, Hong Kong (6.12)

West Kowloon Cultural District (11&12.12)

13.12 (3.30pm)

Lin Yilin:

Twenty

West Kowloon Cultural District

Exhibition

4-20.12

(Open daily

11am - 7pm;

20.12, 11am - 6pm)

John Cage:

Writings through the Essay: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1987)

Cattle Depot Artist Village

(Unit 12, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon)

4-14.12

(Open daily

11am - 7pm)

Frog King Kwok & Eiko Otake:

Exhibition

Connecting Space Hong Kong

(G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong)

6-20.12

(Open daily

11am - 7pm;
20.12, 11am - 6pm)

Patty Chang, Hu Xiangqian, Lin Yilin,

Pak Sheung Chuen, Young Hay:

Exhibition: Live Art 1995 – 2015

Exhibition Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

(6/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road, Hong Kong)

 

Annex II

Mobile M+: Live ArtLearning Programmes Schedule

Programmes

Date & time

Venue

Mentors/speakers

Live Art Writing Workshop (English)

2.12 (7.45-9.15pm)

7.12 (7.45-9.15pm)

9.12 (6-7.30pm)

13.12 (10.30am - 12noon)

Connecting Space

(G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong)

Tang Fu Kuen

Live Art Writing Workshop (Chinese)

2.12 (6-7.30pm)

5.12 (4-5.30pm)

6.12 (6-7.30pm)

7.12 (6-7.30pm)

 

Connecting Space

(G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong)

Chin Ya-chun

Live Art: An Evening of Conversations

8.12 (7-9pm)

Connecting Space

(G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong)

Doryun Chong, Lin Yilin, Pak Sheung Chuen, Eiko Otake and Pauline Yao

Delicious Movement Workshop

9.12 (7.30 - 9.30pm)

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

(10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

Eiko Otake

 

Public tours led by the curatorial team

Date

Venue

Sessions and Time

5.12 (Sat)

Cattle Depot Artist Village

(Unit 12, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon)

English – 2pm;

Cantonese – 2.30pm

12.12 (Sat)

Cattle Depot Artist Village

(Unit 12, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon)

English – 2pm;

Cantonese – 2.30pm

Exhibition Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

(6/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road, Central)

English – 11.30am;

Cantonese – 12noon

19.12 (Sat)

Cattle Depot Artist Village

(Unit 12, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon)

English – 2pm;

Cantonese – 2.30pm

Exhibition Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

(6/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road, Hong Kong)

English – 11.30am;

Cantonese – 12noon

 

See also