Tai Kwun Conversations

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

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Tai Kwun Conversations: Who is Who — A Dialogue between Sarah Morris and Tobias Berger

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Healing Walls: The Restorative Power of Art

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

Tai Kwun Conversations - Notre Dame – How to rebuild a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in the 21st century?

Tai Kwun Conversations - International Series on Architectural Conservation

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Dancing with a Stranger

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

17 Nov 2021 7:30pm-9pm


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The next Tai Kwun ConversationsNo Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico, explores narratives of rocks and stones with the artist Leelee Chan and the curator Tam Hok-nang Alex. The audience will be taken on a historical journey through the urban materiality of Hong Kong, followed by Leelee Chan’s retelling of her own journey into material cultures across the world.

Materiality is very much a key theme in Tai Kwun Contemporary’s current exhibition, Poetic Heritage, which explores an expanded notion of heritage. In particular, the exhibition addresses the individual agency of artists in how materials are produced, used, disposed and sensed. This notion of materiality—one undercurrent running through the exhibition—views materials not as merely objects of artefacts but rather as part of a dialogical relationship between subjects and objects.

Drawing from the artist's work, this conversation will take a new perspective (or perhaps an immensely old perspective) in examining how rocks have been imbued with historical, cultural and even emotional significance, and how disparate narratives of Hong Kong history have been depicted within a framework of urban materiality.

This will be followed by a focused discussion with Leelee Chan on her artistic experimentations with materials, in particular through her BMW Art Journey Tokens from Time, which traces material cultures from the past, present, and future. As part of the journey, she travelled to Mexico in the summer of 2021 to look at the evolving meaning and value of silver and obsidian. The discussion will probe how her exploration of materials has led to a deeper understanding of the historical contexts, communities, human behaviours, and social relationships, and reveal something about how materials are bound to ecology, how material extraction impacts communities, and how social-economical relationships of the cities and regions that she visited.

Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchange and outstanding practices in heritage conservation.

This event will be conducted in Cantonese, with Cantonese to English simultaneous interpretation.

The event will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.

Artist Bio

Leelee Chan
Tam Hok-nang Alex

Leelee Chan lives and works in Hong Kong, where she was born in 1984. Her sculptures reflect the extreme urbanisation of her native city and often comprise industrial and mundane objects. To interrogate these objects’ status and value, Chan imaginatively explores their transformative potential and reconfigures each item according to its unique quality. Her sculpture evokes notions of the architectural and cosmological, the geological and mechanical.

Chan received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. In 2020, Chan was the recipient of the ninth BMW Art Journey, based on her exhibit that year at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Previous solo representations include: Pallet in Repose (Resurfacer), Discoveries, Art Basel Hong Kong (presented by Capsule Shanghai, 2021); and Core Sample (presented by Capsule Shanghai 2019). Her selected international exhibitions include Poetic Heritage in Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2021); Liquid Ground in Para Site, Hong Kong (2021); Hysteresis in Downs & Ross, New York (2019), etc. Chan’s work can be found in the permanent collections of M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Skulpturen Park Köln, Cologne; and J. P. Morgan Chase Art Collection, Hong Kong.

Tam Hok-nang Alex is an arts and heritage practitioner with a broad experience working on art projects that engage with issues related to the notion of history, memory, and placemaking. He is undertaking a research project that looks into different approaches of how contemporary artists enter into dialogue with heritage. He became the Centre Executive of the Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University when it was established in 2013 and was involved in several projects that brought together various aspects of academia, art, and society. He was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme in 2015.

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