Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations
Dancing with a Stranger

Tai Kwun Conversations: Chinese Cultural Heritage Series - Conserving the Ancestral Villages of Overseas Chinese in Wuyi Region, Guangdong

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

Tai Kwun Conversations
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

23 Apr 2022 11:00am-12:30pm


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


The next Tai Kwun Conversations Dancing with a Stranger featuring artist Michele Chu and actress Lai Yuk Ching will discuss profound and magical experiences with strangers. The two speakers will share their research and thoughts on their respective areas of specialisation and discuss how the pandemic has affected the ways in which strangers interact.

The soon-to-open exhibition emo gym invites seven artists, including Michele Chu, to confront, dissect, and possibly embrace the vulnerability of our times. We hope to question by way of their works: risky as this may be, would exposing and sharing nuanced sense of vulnerability catalyse new worlds where we might better co-exist with other emotional beings? Chu believes that overcoming one’s own vulnerability is the key to interacting with strangers. Her interactive installation inti-gym threads together scientific studies and findings from street experiments to create a physical and environmental platform, in which pairs of strangers would be invited to connect through a choreography of senses including touch, eye contact, and verbal communication, to forge a moment of fleeting intimacy.

Actress Lai Yuk Ching has been active in Playback Theatre. In the performance, the pilot would invite audience members to share their personal experiences, as performers would listen openly and respectfully interpret his/her experiences as choreography, music, and theater in reciprocation. Lai will introduce techniques used in Playback Theatre and share these profound and deeply resonating experiences.

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 English and Cantonese, with simultaneous interpretation between two languages.


Michele Chu

Lai Yuk Ching


Erin Li, Associate Curator, Tai Kwun Contemporary

Speaker Bio

Michele Chu
Lai Yuk Ching

Michele Chu (b.1994) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer, who lives and works in Hong Kong. She is passionate about exploring intimacy and human connection in her works, specifically the interplay between sensory elements and space to amplify emotional connection between individuals. Her works contemplate what makes us human, through mediums like multi-sensory installations and public interventions amongst others.

Michele received her MA/MSc in Global Innovation Design from Royal College of Art & Imperial College London, and her BFA in Communications Design (Illustration) from Pratt Institute.

Her works have been published in the likes of The Huffington post, the Telegraph and shared on global platforms like TEDx. In addition, her work has been shown in 1a Space (Hong Kong); Negative Space (Hong Kong); and Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong).

Lai Yuk Ching graduated with a B.F.A. in Performing Arts from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing arts with honors. In 2019, she won the “Award for Young Artist (Theatre)” from HKADC. She is active in Playback Theatre and is now a member of Encounter Playback Theatre and a graduate of the British Playback Theater Center Leadership Course. She represented HKAPA with the theatrical piece Phaedra in Beijing and was awarded “Merit Performance.” She worked as a full-time performer and researcher for Tang Shu Wing theatrical studios.

Lai won was awarded the Performer of the Year by IATC(HK) association of Reviewers with her performance in Macbeth (2018). Her performance in the The City was awarded the Hong Kong Theatre Libre’s award for the Best Female Performer. She received the nominations for the 18th and 19th Hong Kong Drama Awards for Tragedy/Drama and the 1st, 2nd and 11th Hong Kong Theatre Libre’s nominations for Best Female Performer.