Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations: Who is Who — A Dialogue between Sarah Morris and Tobias Berger

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Tai Kwun Conversations: Who is Who — A Dialogue between Sarah Morris and Tobias Berger

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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

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Tai Kwun Conversations - International Series on Architectural Conservation

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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

17 Mar 2024 3:00pm – 4:30pm


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


The latest Tai Kwun conversation will feature the artist Sarah Morris and curator at large Tobias Berger. They will be discussing her solo exhibition Who is Who, which presents a series of newly commissioned artworks, including her latest feature-length film ETC, a large site-specific wall drawing called Lippo [Paul Rudolph], and her billboard work TXJSQE, designed with Scott King, for the 55 Squared public art project on the Parade Ground at Tai Kwun.  

In the talk, Sarah Morris and Tobias Berger will discuss her new work for Tai Kwun, her artistic approach, and the relationship between her global production of paintings and films.

The title of Morris’s latest film ETC recalls the Electronic Teller Card, a predecessor of today’s ATM card. The “ETC” graphic was designed in 1979 by Henry Steiner, who also did the title credit of Morris’s film. The card alludes to the history of Hong Kong as a global economic centre while forming a shorthand for Morris’s newest film. In an era marked by rapid change, the film layers daily life and complex histories. ETC includes main iconic and lesser known Hong Kong locations, simultaneously portraying the electronic and analogue life of the city. 

The exhibition’s title, Who is Who, is a nod to Theodor Adorno’s Minima Moralia, a book of 20th century reflections on life in a modern industrial society. 

This talk will be followed by a screening of Morris’s film Finite and Infinite Game (2017). The film focuses on Alexander Kluge and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall designed by Herzog and de Meuron, Swiss architects who also worked on the conservation and revitalisation project of Tai Kwun.

Finite and Infinite Game

Director: Sarah Morris

US | 2017 | 40:16 min | HD Digital | in German and English with English and Chinese Subtitles


Sarah Morris


Tobias Berger, Curator of Who is Who

This event will be conducted in English, with English to Cantonese simultaneous interpretation. Afterwards, the audience will have the chance to ask the artist and the curator questions in a live Q&A session.

On the day of the event, JC Contemporary will be open from 11am to 7pm, participants are welcome to visit the exhibition before attending the conversation.

Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others.

* This will be an open seating event. The films have not been classified yet. If they are subsequently classified as Category III films, audience members must be aged 18 or above.

Artist Bio

Sarah Morris

Since the mid-1990s, New York     -based artist Sarah Morris (b. 1967) has been making abstract paintings and films to investigate what she describes as “urban, social and bureaucratic typologies.” These works, based on different cities, are derived from close inspection of architectural details combined with a critical sensitivity to the psychology of place. She has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at M+ (Façade), Hong Kong (2024); Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany (2023); Espace Louis Vuitton Munich, Germany (2023); the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (2023); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing      (2018); Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (2017) and more.