Art After Hours

Date & Time

5 - 18 Nov, 2023 3:00pm – 4:30pm


2/F JC Contemporary


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


On two Saturdays during the exhibitions of Killing TV and Maria Hassabi: I’ll Be Your Mirror, Art After Hours will be inviting speakers who work in the areas of art, design, and VHS video collection to engage in fascinating conversations with the curators of the exhibitions. Each session will not only offer an in-depth discussion of the exhibitions but also extend beyond; the speakers will also be interacting with the audience and encouraging a greater understanding of the exhibition’s themes from a variety of perspectives.

Reimagining VHS Tape

5.11.2023 (Sunday) 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

In this first Art After Hours session, Aled Simons and Samuel of VCRBase will be discussing how their work reclaims home videos lost to the tides of time. While Simons, an artist in the Killing TV exhibition, draws inspiration from the memories preserved in home videos and gives them new life, VCRBase literally collects and restores Hong Kong home videos, in a mission to preserve traces of the past and narrate memories for a new generation. In rather different ways, both Simons and VCRBase seek out and preserve fading memories; together, their work demonstrates the value of home videos, not just as a record and means of responding to the past, but also as footage reinterpreted to reflect the contemporary.

Speakers: Aled Simons and VCRBase co-member Samuel

Moderators: Jill Chun, Associate Curator, and Tiffany Leung, Assistant Curator (co-curators of Killing TV)

Image Making and Publication Sharing

18.11.2023 (Saturday) 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

This session of Art After Hours invites the graphic designer Julie Peeters to share some of her design inspiration as well as her artistic practice in a conversation with Louiza Ho, the co-curator of I’ll Be Your Mirror. With a wealth of experience working with curators, Peeters will be offering an inside look at how design can respond to an art exhibition and to ideas in contemporary art. She will also be talking about her image-making practice, in particular BILL, her annual magazine, as well as visual narratives more generally.

Speaker: Julie Peeters

Moderator: Louiza Ho, Tai Kwun Associate Curator (co-curator of I’ll Be Your Mirror)

Venue: JC Contemporary 2/F

The conversation will be conducted in Cantonese and English with bilingual simultaneous interpretation.

Speakers Bio

Julie Peeters
Aled Simons

Julie Peeters lives and works in Brussels. She studied at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, and Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, in the Netherlands. Since 2006, she has been running her own studio, designing for clients such as Wattis Institute, Centre Pompidou, and Artspeak as well as Kunstverein München, for whom she both edits and designs a quarterly publication. She has designed books for artists such as Nigel Shafran, Karel Martens, Haegue Yang, Yuji Agematsu, and Anne-mie Van Kerckhoven. Julie is the editor and creative director of BILL, an annual magazine of photographic stories published by Roma Publications. In 2015, she was awarded the Goldene Letter prize in Leipzig, Germany. Peeters teaches graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and HFG Karlsruhe and KASK Conservatorium, Ghent.

The core of Aled Simons’ practice is the exploration of pseudo-scientific ritual, anecdote, humour, and memory. He often employs looping or repetition—the ubiquitous format of GIFs, memes, and zines. His work also examines the specific conditions of early 1990s television, an era characterised by the shift from analogue broadcasting to digital on-demand viewing. Joke shop props also feature heavily, as Simons operates in the space between tension-releasing laughter and the awkwardness of situations that go on too long, fall flat, and fail.

VCRBase is an online page that collects VHS tapes, magazines and other cultural relics related to television and film. The page digitizes the video tapes and magazines donated by the public to make now classic Hong Kong memories accessible once again. Established in 2007, VCRBase has built a collection of more than 8,000 video tapes, 1,000 magazines, and many different types of video equipment. The page has more than 80,000 followers.