MARCH 2025

Collector and Artist Relationships

Speakers: MAK2 and Jacobo Garcia Gil

A one-on-one conversation on collector and artist relationships in a digital era with Jacobo Garcia Gil and artist Mak2. As social media influence takes hold of the art market, the gap between artist and collector is shrinking, and with it the potential for global connection grows. Artist Mak2 tackles subcultures of the internet, socio-political discourse and philosophy through humor, installation, painting and video work; while collector and founder of Divide By Zero, Jacobo focuses on socio-cultural works with a curatorial drive aimed at supporting artists grow in their careers. Take a glimpse into the minds of two industry-leaders, revealing their place and path in the art world.

Wednesday 25 May 2022, 5pm

Not for Profits in Arts

Speakers: S. Alice Mong, Antony J. Chan, Tiffany Pinkstone, and Özge Ersoy

A look into the cultural institutions, galleries and non-profit organizations that are shaping the arts and culture landscape in Hong Kong. As the pandemic continues to affect artists, patrons and fans globally, we question the direction of the industry, changing philosophies from curators to education alike, and the digitisation of platforms.

Thursday 26 May 2022, 3pm

Yi Tai Sculpture & Installation Projects 2022

Speakers: Batten and Kamp, Louis To Wun, Sueyon Yang, Afa Annfa, Bing Lee, and Márton Nemes
Moderator: Qu Chang

Thursday 26 May 2022, 4pm

Hong Kong Cultural Heritage and Artistic Creation

Speakers: Hao Lap Yan Benjamin, Ho Rui An, and Lau Chi Chung
Moderator: Wang Weiwei

The exploration of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage has been one of CHAT’s fundamental artistic practices. From rediscovering and interpreting the history to bringing cohesion to community, Hong Kong’s cultural heritage is increasingly inspiring many artists’ creations. In this public talk hosted by CHAT, we invite artists Hao Lap Yan Benjamin, Ho Rui An, and Lau Chi Chung to share how they integrate the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Hong Kong into their artistic creations.

Thursday 26 May 2022, 6pm

Practices of Cultural Identity

Speakers: Mark Chung, Angela Yuen, and Elaine Chiu
Moderator: Amanda Lee

From installation to exhibition, how do gallery artists tap into Hong Kong’s cultural identity? Back dropped by a hyper-dense population, urban and natural sprawl Mark Chung, Angela Yuen, and Elaine Chiu create installation, painting and digital works that peel back an ever-changing landscape. They take us through their individual practices and mediums affected by the metropolis that is Hong Kong. Moderated by Amanda Lee.

Friday 27 May 2022, 12pm

Curator and Artist Relationships

Speakers: Erin Li and Dony Cheng Hung

Listen in as curator Erin Li and artist Dony Cheng Hung share their experiences, opinions and knowledge on the relationship between curator and artist. In an intimate one-on-one chat covering their personal practices from paintings, site-specific installations to exhibitions. What’s it like to create a scene together? They share ideas and anecdotes on materiality and emotion, and the blurry lines between showing and creating art.

Friday 27 May 2022, 3pm

Sexuality, Queer Culture and Art Making

Speakers: Liao Jiaming, Wong Ka Ying, and Monique Yim
Moderator: Sonia Wong

Follow the creative practices of Liao Jiaming, Wong Ka Ying, and Monique Yim through this artist talk taking on queer culture, sexuality and expression. In their mediums of photography, installation, video, and visual art. Beyond the white-cube space are creative practices that aim to deconstruct expectations to observe and tackle cultural, social and gender issues.

Friday 27 May 2022, 5pm

Digital Waves

Speakers: Chris Cheung, Joel Kwong, Henry Middleton, and Denise Tsui

Hanging jpegs on the blockchain has become the norm and creating through digital tech the common wave, not just new. Pass the NFT revolution, how has technology changed the way we perceive art? Digital art has given power to new levels of expression outside the physical into physics defying worlds. This focused conversation between an artist Chris Cheung, curator Joel Kwong, former MTV Asia executive Henry Middleton, and journalist Denise Tsui is a 360 look into how creative platforms, expressions and technology have changed from Baby Boomers to Zoomers.

Saturday 28 May 2022, 12pm

UOB X Art Central Panel Discussion: How will art and technology craft our future?

Speakers: Prof. Johnny Poon, Choi Sai-Ho, and Helen So
Moderator: Zabrina Lo

Technology is powering creative collaboration in unprecedented forms. VR, AR, NFTs, Web3, the Metaverse and other innovations are at the avant garde of art and design – presenting new modalities on how we think, perceive, create, design and experience. Against ever accelerating advancements in technology, how can Hong Kong foster a digitally enabled and thriving arts and cultural industry? Do we need a digital culture strategy to harness the benefits of technology for the arts? How do we encourage creative practitioners to embrace digital technologies? What will be the key to bridging creative talents and digital experts to enhance cross-sector collaboration?

An insightful discussion with some of the leading figures driving progressive arts tech in Hong Kong. Learn ways to amplify digital practice, build digital literacy and discover the many significant opportunities that digital presents for our shared future, both for the cultural sector and for audience experiences.

Saturday 28 May 2022, 3pm

Contemporary Underground

Speakers: Joseph Chen, Miko Badiola Borje, Karen Yu, and Go Hung

Hidden behind Hong Kong’s skyscrapers and financial stereotypes it glows as an underground hub for subcultures in the street, music and performance. When you dig a little deeper, independent artists Joseph Chen, Miko Badiola Borje, Karen Yu, and Go Hung are taking on an underground art scene that walks the line between fine-art and experimental. Follow along, in an exploratory discussion that tries to make sense of an emerging scene of multi-disciplinary and emerging artists under a global context.

Saturday 28 May 2022, 5pm

Before Print

Speakers: Stephanie Teng, Kenny X. Li, Fung Ho Yin, and Lau Ching Ping

As therapy, experiment and expression, photography takes form behind the eyes of Stephanie Teng, Kenny X. Li, Fung Ho Yin, and Lau Ching Ping. This focused conversation will track their individual practices in contemporary photography taking shape through film, digital, printed paper and open image making. Find out how the boundaries have expanded for the medium.

Sunday 29 May 2022, 12pm

Independent Art Spaces Roundtable

Speakers: Cathleen Ching Yee Lau, Yim Sui Fong, Juliana Chan, Daniel Stempfer, and Kim Lam

What’s behind the scenes? Founders, curators and artists of Hong Kong’s independent art spaces come together for a panel discussion on the latest. Cathleen Ching Yee Lau, Yim Sui Fong, Juliana Chan, Daniel Stempfer, and Kim Lam on the glamourous and not so outside the confines of commercial galleries and art fairs—it’s in the neighbourhoods of Sham Shui Po, Tai Kok Tsui, To Kwa Wan and North Point that these galleries, residencies, studios and creative hubs form the launching point for many local artists. Uncover how.

Sunday 29 May 2022, 4pm

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