Art After Hours — Inside: Outside

Art After Hours — Inside: Outside

Date & Time

18 Nov 2021 7pm-9pm


JC Cube, Laundry Steps and site-wide


Free of charge


Art After Hours—Inside: Outside brings together three artists who transform the external everyday imaginary into installations, videos, and sound performances which crisscross the indoor and outdoor spaces of Tai Kwun. In presenting emotional worlds in suspension between memory and reality, the artists explore a unique inner realm.

With a setup at JC Cube, Chan Tsz Man Iv unveils a family’s little-known life in Tai Kwun through the reshaped memories of her mother, with the past and future interwoven in the space. The story of a mother’s childhood is recounted, along with spatial dialogues outlined with her daughter. Members of the audience are welcome to experience the stage installation.

Charles Kwong’s Requiem, with texts by the writer and storyteller Yuen Che Hung, features performances by local musicians, transforming Tai Kwun into the intermediary space between past and future. This musical journey ventures into inner worlds as manifested through funeral ceremonies— rituals in the face of death. The work will be shown at different spots across Tai Kwun, both indoors and out.

Looping on repeat on the Laundry Steps is Erkka Nissinen’s absurd and surreal series of video works. The normality and anomaly of daily life are laid bare through CGI, animation and roleplay.

Please register in advance for Chan Tsz Man Iv’s session. Doors open at 7pm at JC Cube and the performance starts at 7.30pm. The audience is cordially invited to come early, walk the space on stage, and delve into the artist’s sound and installation sets before the act.

Participating artists: Chan Tsz Man Iv, TAM Vun Kwan Rafael, Charles Kwong, Erkka Nissinen

The event will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations, and social distancing measures will be enforced.

Artist Bio

Iv Chan
Vunkwan Tam
Erkka Nissinen
Charles Kwong

IV Chan’s art practice is rooted in the exploration of the complex relations between the human body and the soul. She sees one’s inescapable corporeal existence as tragic and ludicrous, sordid yet pure. Through the transfiguration of materials in installations and sculptures, Chan inspects her problematic bodily experiences as a presumptuous attempt to seek new perspectives on mortal flesh and its potential, and to explore the interrelationships between Man’s original sin and catharsis. By probing the “problematic body”, aspects of ambivalence that are inherent in the concepts of death, sex, sacrifice, violence, taboo, religion, and mythology etc. are confronted and questioned.

Vunkwan Tam currently lives and works in Hong Kong. His artistic practice ranges across sculpture, image, video, text, sound, and installation. He draws inspiration from the ghosts of modern society, and the objects he encounters.

Exhibitions and performances participated in include, “Play. Boredom. Worship.” (Tomorrow Maybe, Hong Kong, 2019); “New Babylon” (Prsntprsnt, Hong Kong, 2019); “Sincerity Machine” (Twenty Alpha, Hong Kong, 2019); “Sound Forms” (Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2020).

Erkka Nissinen has studied in The Slade School of Fine Art in London and gained MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland in 2001. His works have been exhibited internationally, for example in Ellen de Bruijne Project Space in Amsterdam, Smart Projects Space in Amsterdam, Helsinki Art Museum’s Kluuvi Gallery and 1646 in Den Haag. During 2011 Rotterdam Art Fair Nissinen won the acclaimed Illy Prize. In 2013, he was awarded with the AVEK Prize for media art. Nissinen represented Finland with Nathaniel Mellors at the Venice Biennale 2017.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Charles Kwong's creative output ranges from orchestral and choral music to works written for all types of chamber ensembles and solo performers. In recent years his music has been internationally featured in numerous festivals in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Korea and Hong Kong. Kwong is appointed Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the 2020-2021 season. In early 2020 he also took up a four-month residency with the City of Zurich Artist-in-Residence Programme for International Artists in association with Zurich University of the Arts.

Kwong’s compositional explorations stretch beyond the paradigms of concert hall music, resulting in numerous site-specific works, sound installations and cross-disciplinary collaborations that highlight the experiential dimension of music. Kwong was the curator and composer of “Our Audible City” (2018-2019), a project in collaboration with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, soundpocket and visual artist Frank Tang. For the project Kwong created a series of site-specific compositions titled “Atlas”, tailored for non-concert-hall spaces in Hong Kong.