They Do Not Understand Each Other

They Do Not Understand Each Other

Contemporary Art Programme

A Short, Performing, Story – Performance Art by Heman Chong

Contemporary Art Programme

They Do Not Understand Each Other Guided Tour

Contemporary Art Programme

They Do Not Understand Each Other: Online Programmes

Contemporary Art Programme
Time
5 - 26 AUG, 2020 Please refer to the programme introduction Timetable
Location
Online
Price
Free of charge

General

Stay connected with us from far and near.

Tai Kwun Contemporary launches an online series of tours and conversations, in addition to our VR 360° virtual gallery. On select Wednesdays and Saturdays in August, we will live-stream tours of our current exhibitions and conversations with artists. We hope to highlight the enduring power of art in connecting people and communities, and to sustain an inquisitive attitude towards our world at this challenging time.  

In these live presentations, you can submit your questions and engage with your fellow attendees through the chat function.

Curator and Artists' Talk

Trust in the Public: Akira Takayama and Kohei Sekigawa in conversation with Yuka Uematsu

Date: 08.08.2020 (Sat)
Time: 6-7:15pm HKT (7-8:15pm JST)
Language: Japanese (closed captioning in English)

Every day at 3 pm Hong Kong time, the artist Kohei Sekigawa hums for us. With travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, Sekigawa is unable to join us for his One-Minute Events, where he executes a series of performances in an art space using minimal props and settings. He is not live streamed, and we place our trust in him—reaching out across the ocean like the sounding of a vast echo. In another call and response project, the artist and theatre director Akira Takayama's McDonald's Radio University is a roving lecture programme that takes place in McDonald's or their replicas where visitors can access a syllabus using a QR code. The syllabus is composed of scripts written by “professors”—all individuals considered to be “refugees” or “migrants” in their host countries in a collaborative process based on their life experiences. 

Yuka Uematsu, curator at The National Museum of Art, Osaka and co-curator of They Do Not Understand Each Other at Tai Kwun Contemporary will engage Takayama and Sekigawa in a conversation on performative actions by people often unseen in society, activating the democratic potential of commercial spaces such as fast food joints or creating resonance through intimate distances. With an emphasis on public access in contemporary art spaces, "Trust in the Public" will be centred on the suspension of belief that is necessary in learning how to be together differently.


Communicating Like a Creature: Artists of They Do Not Understand Each Other in conversation with June Yap

Date: Late Aug (TBC)
Time: 7-8:30pm
Language: English

June Yap, Director (Curatorial, Collections and Programmes) at the Singapore Art Museum and co-curator of They Do Not Understand Each Other at Tai Kwun Contemporary, engages invited artists in a conversation about different ways of understanding the act of translation and creating resonances between art works—particularly in this time of physical isolation. The artists will share about their work in the exhibition as well as their practices at large.

Live

Online Tour of They Do Not Understand Each Other

Date: 05.08.2020 (Wed)
Time: 7-8pm
Host: Tobias Berger, Head of Art at Tai Kwun 
Language: English

Join Tobias Berger, Head of Art at Tai Kwun, on a live tour of the group exhibition They Do Not Understand Each Other, where you will get to learn more about the artworks and also ask Tobias Berger questions live!

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Date: 19.08.2020 (Wed)
Time: 7-8pm
Host: Daniel Szehin Ho
Language: Cantonese

Join Daniel Szehin Ho, Editor and Project Manager at Tai Kwun, on a live tour of the group exhibition They Do Not Understand Each Other, where you will get to learn more about the artworks and also ask Daniel Szehin Ho questions live!

Live

Programme Timetable

Online Tour of They Do Not Understand Each Other

Date Time Language Host
05.08.2020 (Wed) 7-8pm English Tobias Berger 
19.08.2020 (Wed) 7-8pm Cantonese Daniel Szehin Ho

Curator and Artists' Talk

Date Time Language Curator Artists
08.08.2020 (Sat) 6-7:15pm HKT
(7-8:15pm JST)
Japanese
(closed captioning in English)
Yuka Uematsu  Akira Takayama, Kohei Sekigawa
Late Aug
(TBC)
7-8:30pm English June Yap TBC