Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Heritage in Times of War

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Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Fragments of Hong Kong Literature: Dai Wangshu and Literary Maps of the Central and Western District

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Transcending the Walls of Separation

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Building a Nature-Positive Hong Kong

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Heritage in Times of War

Tai Kwun Conversations: Transformative Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China–25 Years of an Evolving Model

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series-Mental Wellness Promotion amid Covid-19

Tai Kwun Conversations: Negotiating Gender Relations–Insights from the Past

Tai Kwun Conversations: Authenticity vs Interpretation in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Giulio d’Alessio in dialogue with Timothy Calnin

Tai Kwun Conversations: Bridal Laments – The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lung Yeuk Tau

Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 3
Heritage, power and gender in cities

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – Innovations in Urban Heritage

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 2
Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 1
Urban recovery through culture, arts, and creativity

Tai Kwun Conversations: Spectre of Truth

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Tai Kwun Conversations - International Series on Architectural Conservation

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Tai Kwun Conversations - The Making of National Gallery Singapore

Tai Kwun Conversations - Renovation of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Ma On Shan Spirit: Conservation of the Ma On Shan Iron Mine Landscape

CHAOS: Wing Shya × Inoue Tsuguya

Twentieth Century Heritage: Diversifying Hong Kong Stories – Using the ICOMOS ISC20C Historic Thematic Framework

Tai Kwun Conversations—No Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico

Tai Kwun Conversations—Inclusive Conservation and Cultural Connection: Building Resilience for People and the Planet

Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tai Kwun Conversations – Unpacking the Reuse of Colonial-era Historic Buildings: Cases of Tai Kwun and the Rockbund Art Museum

Tai Kwun Conversations – Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations – A Vibrant New Arts Precinct in a Heritage Waterfront: The Revitalisation of Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Laying the Groundwork: The Burra Charter and Heritage Values

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Healing Architecture: Tsz Shan Monastery’s Mindfulness Journey in Purifying Body and Mind

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong

Beyond the Surface – How paint conservation tells the identity of a building

Creating a Liveable City: Combining Conservation and Development in Yangon

Beyond Memories: Conserving Heritage in France and Macao

Date & Time

8 May 2023 7pm-8:30pm


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series

Taking a holistic view of heritage, development, and sustainability, the spring series of Tai Kwun Conversations presents three respective programmes about caring for people, cultural and natural heritage in times of global crises. It covers the care of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in conflict-affected areas as well as the care of human wellbeing and biodiversity in a complex world of interconnected challenges.

Co-organised by
French May
Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau

Exclusive Sponsor
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

As wars occur in various places around the world, cultural heritage is put in jeopardy. To protect endangered sites and artefacts that are part of local identity and universal heritage, preservation initiatives are taking place at the heart of conflict areas. Why is cultural heritage preservation important in the midst of a humanitarian crisis? How do at-risk archaeologists, conservators, and cultural workers operate in dangerous and uncertain environments? How to rebuild and display cultural heritage in exhibition spaces for sharing with the public? From political decision to public display, this programme aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting cultural heritage in conflict-affected areas. It introduces actual fieldworks and innovations to trace the journey of heritage preservation in times of war.

The event will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation from English to Cantonese available.

Dr. Bastien Varoutsikos
Director for Strategic Development, International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH)

Yves Ubelmann
Co-Founder, ICONEM

Sylvain Roca
Set Designer, Atelier Sylvain Roca (ASR)

Dr. Maxime Decaudin
Senior Lecturer, College of Design and Engineering, National University of Singapore

7:00pm – 8:00pm


8:00pm – 8:30pm


Image courtesy of the speakers ©Iconem

Speakers Bio

Maxime Decaudin
Sylvain Roca
Yves Ubelmann
Bastien Varoutsikos

Dr. Maxime Decaudin teaches landscape architecture at the National University of Singapore and holds a PhD in Art History from Sorbonne Université. His research interests include environmental history, landscape and heritage studies. Titled ‘A Barren Rock’: An Environmental History of Hong Kong Landscapes under British Colonization, his doctoral dissertation explores the historical agency of nature in the long nineteenth century. Prior to joining NUS, Maxime taught landscape architecture at the University of Hong Kong for ten years.

Founded in Paris 20 years ago, Atelier Sylvain Roca is a mobile studio based on research, creation and global encounters. Through the growing flexibility of lifestyle and work — prior to the recent upheavals caused by the global crises —the workshop’s practice is driven by a certain curiosity and an appetite for lasting immersion in a geographical and cultural elsewhere. It draws advantage from its ever-increasing ability to explore the opportunities and possibilities created by these discoveries and unexpected encounters. It draws advantage from its ever-increasing ability to explore the opportunities and possibilities created by these discoveries and unexpected encounters.

The workshop's deliberately diverse range of challenges includes scenographic and architectural concepts that are always tailor-made and imbued with poetry. They reflect our curiosity, commitment and desire to dream. They constantly stimulate and nourish our enthusiasm to imagine and materialise. The scenography workshop designs architectural arrangements, for temporary and permanent exhibitions, in France and around the world, notably at the Musée d'Orsay and the Grand Palais in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the British Museum in London, and the Heritage Museum in Hong Kong. A scenographer and interior designer, Sylvain Roca trained in applied arts in Paris, Montreal and Tokyo.

The workshop brings together independent talents from multiple backgrounds, experiences and generations.

Since 2013, Yves Ubelmann is president and co-founder of Iconem, specialised in digitalisation of 3D rendering of cultural heritage sites in danger. Graduated from the National School of Architecture in Versailles in 2006, Yves has worked as an architect in the Near East and in Central Asia (Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan) for the study and interpretation of archaeological sites. This experience has led to the development of a technological approach to study archaeological sites by digital imaging.

Iconem is currently active in around thirty countries to promote the conservation of cultural heritage threatened by looting, urbanisation, mass tourism, armed conflicts, and climate change. His team develops very large-scale digitised solutions for natural and cultural sites, allowing their recording at very high resolution. Iconem works with various governments, museums, or international institutions such as UNESCO.

Dr. Bastien Varoutsikos is a cultural heritage expert and archaeologist, with over 12 years of experience in implementation of heritage projects in the Middle East, the Sahel and Central Asia. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in May 2015. He is currently the Director for Strategic Development at the ALIPH Foundation where he oversees the implementation of new axes of work such as the intersection of climate change and cultural heritage. As Deputy Director then Cultural Heritage Advisor for Turquoise Mountain, he managed the implementation of projects aiming at the documentation and protection of cultural heritage in Afghanistan and Jordan. As Director of Development at Iconem, he oversaw the implementation of scientific and preservation projects using remote sensing technology in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Overall, his activities have focused on scientific and cultural outreach, intangible heritage documentation methodology and ethics, and cultural project management. Across more than a dozen papers published in peer-reviewed journals or broad audience outlets, he explored the relationship between cultural heritage, politics, media and new technology.

Programme Highlights