Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tai Kwun Conversations

Date & Time

21 Oct 2021 7:30pm-9pm

Location

JC Cube
Laundry Steps (live-broadcasting)

Price

Free of charge

General

“Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist” is now fully booked. Thank you for your interest and enthusiastic support. In order to bring the conversation to a wider audience, we will be live-broadcasting the event on the Laundry Steps. Cantonese simultaneous interpretation will not be provided on the Laundry Steps and the seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Tai Kwun Conversation invites the philosopher Yuk Hui, whose theoretical enquiries revolve around the question of technology, together with the renowned curator and artistic director of Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist, to an engaging dialogue on the occasion of the launch of Yuk Hui’s latest book Art and Cosmotechnics (University of Minnesota Press, 2021).

Hui and Obrist have, over a number of years, engaged in a series of dialogues that took place in Berlin, New York, London, and Hong Kong, which focused on Hui’s work as well as their common interest in Jean-François Lyotard’s 1985 exhibition Les Immatériaux. In his latest book Art and Cosmotechnics, Hui charts a course through Greek tragedy, the logic of cybernetics, and the aesthetics of Chinese landscape painting, and addresses the challenge to art and philosophy occasioned by contemporary technological transformations. He poses the question: How might a renewed understanding of the varieties of experience of art be realised in face of the prevailing discourses around artificial intelligence and robotics? Departing from Hegel’s thesis on the end of art and Heidegger’s assertion of the end of philosophy, Hui outlines an unfamiliar trajectory of thought to arrive at a new relation between art and technology. In this dialogue, Obrist and Hui will touch upon various subjects in the book and beyond.

This talk is a crossover event of Tai Kwun Conversations and Summer Institute #4. 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. Summer Institute is a two-week programme of tertiary student seminars and distinguished public lectures focusing on students from Hong Kong and Asia. Apply now for a unique chance to work closely with some of the most important art theorists and thinkers, curators, artists, and philosophers in the world.

Summer Institute #4 The Future after the Pandemic invites seven scholars to explore opportunities and challenges to art in relation to the post-pandemic future, climate change, new relations between art and technology, quarantine urbanism, new kinship, and the adoption of alternative approaches in teaching and knowledge-making.

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


Speaker Bio

Yuk Hui
Hans Ulrich Obrist (Online)

Yuk Hui is a philosopher working on the question of technology. He wrote his doctoral thesis under the French philosopher Bernard Stiegler at Goldsmiths College in London and obtained his Habilitation in philosophy from Leuphana University in Germany. Hui is author of several monographs that have been translated into a dozen languages, including On the Existence of Digital Objects (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), The Question Concerning Technology in China:-An Essay in Cosmotechnics (Urbanomic, 2016), Recursivity and Contingency (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), and Art and Cosmotechnics (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Hui is co-editor of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (Meson, 2015) and editor of Philosophy after Automation (Philosophy Today, Vol.65. No.2, 2021), among others. Since 2014, Hui has been the initiator and convenor of the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology and currently sits as a juror of the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture. He currently teaches at the City University of Hong Kong.

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zürich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 350 exhibitions. Most notable amongst these are the Do It series (1993–), Take Me (I'm Yours) in London (1995), Paris (2015) New York (2016), and Milan (2017); and the Swiss Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014). Obrist has also co-curated the Cities on The Move series (1996–2000), Laboratorium (1999); the operatic group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino in Manchester (2007) and Basel (2009), and The 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Rooms series (2011–2015). Obrist's recent shows include IT'S URGENT at LUMA Arles (2019-2021), and Enzo Mari at Triennale Milano (2020). The Handwriting Project, which protests the disappearance of handwriting in the digital age, has been taking place on Instagram since 2013 (@hansulrichobrist).

Photo courtesy of Kevin Abosch


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