Exhibitions & Events


Art After Hours 2019

Foxconn Frequency (no.3) – for three visibly Chinese performers

11 Oct 2019

Spitting Spirits: from hip hop to acoustic sound with MC Yan

31 Aug 2019

Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing

25 Jul - 31 Aug, 2019

The Great Spirit: acoustic performance by MC Yan

30 Aug 2019

Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing – Spotlight

25 Jul - 29 Aug, 2019

Incoming Outgoing No. 1: spontaneous rituals with Shane Aspegren and Suitcase Institute

23 Aug 2019

Screening and Talk | Chungking Global

17 Aug 2019

Merry Night Ride: performance by Merry Lamb Lamb

16 Aug 2019

Real Estate Zine Bedroom Story: launch with Popo-Post Art Group

9 Aug 2019

Translator as viewer as performer: re-translating conceptual art with Yan Wu

3 Aug 2019

Richard Roe: reading by Tyler Coburn

2 Aug 2019

Cross and Transfer: Bookmaking Workshop with Doreen Chan

27 Jul 2019

ART AFTER HOURS - Disaster and Japanese Art: Noi Sawaragi Lecture

14 Jul 2019

Art After Hours: Mauvais Sang Screening + Li Chi Tak in Conversation

28 Jun 2019

Art After Hours: Sarah Morris: No Inside Outside (ASAP Keynote Lecture)

7 Jun 2019

Art After Hours: Screening and Talk | Rehearsing the Museum

24 May 2019

"Yesterday Once More" Film Premiere and Talk

17 May 2019

Yuk Hui: Book Launch

3 May 2019

Art After Hours: Influenzers 你我相隔(多麼遠) Performative Workshop with Enoch Cheng and curator talk with Ying Kwok

12 Apr 2019

Bitten: Inside the Mosquito World

6 Apr 2019

Screening of “Prison Architect” by Cao Fei with the artist present and followed by a Q&A session

28 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: Influenzers 你我相隔 (多麼遠) Performative Workshop with Enoch Cheng

22 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: “Come to me, Paradise” Film Screening and Conversation with Artist Stephanie Comilang

15 Mar 2019

Travelling Book: “14 Years Old & World & Border” Book Launch & Reading Event

9 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: “The Witching Hour” Panel

8 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: The Violence of Gender (From a Hong Kong perspective) Panel

7 Mar 2019

[Art After Hours] Artist’s Choice: ”Night of the Living Dead“ and in Conversation with Angela Su

1 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: Zhong Kui and the Reform of Hell—A Puppet Show by eteam

22 - 23 Feb, 2019

Art After Hours: Karaoke Court by Jack Tan

8 Feb 2019

Art After Hours: Contagion and Hygiene panel

1 Feb 2019

Art After Hours: Hong Kong Visions with Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong

18 Jan 2019

Art After Hours: The Great Every Pandiculate Dinner Party

4 Jan 2019

Paid Programme Registration Required

Translator as viewer as performer: re-translating conceptual art with Yan Wu

Time |
3pm-6pm
Location |
Room 03-206, Barrack Block
Price |
Free of charge

Conceptual Art was from the outset deeply engaged with language. This language took many forms: some poetic, some philosophical, some technical, some which attempted to push the boundaries of language, some which attempted to understand the basic structures of both art and language and art as a form of language. How to read this language of conceptual art? Or even to translate this language?

In 1969, Dan Graham self-published an artist’s book End Moments, a compilation of his writings on pop culture, contemporary art and information. In a way, the book can be considered as an artwork itself, a piece of conceptual art. In one “essay”, Graham writes, “My writing does not have a single point of view; instead its point of view is continually shifting, feedback contingent on its place (time and context) and its relationship to the readership who individually compose or in-form its meaning.” In other words, his language is to induce a viewer’s awareness of indeterminacy—slippage of meaning.

First published in 1973, Lucy Lippard’s Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 documents the chaotic network of ideas that has been labelled “conceptual art” at the time. For many of the artists included in the text, the deployment of language in ideas transcends a mere means of communication. The manipulation of the phonetic features and syntax of words is as important as their semantic phenomena. Therefore, translating “conceptual art” is no longer limited to a cerebral exercise; it is also sensual.

Based on her experience of translating Lucy Lippard’s Six Years and Dan Graham’s Rock My Religion from English into Chinese, the curator and translator Yan Wu invites the participants of this workshop to explore the improbability of translation in the context of conceptual art. Starting with a short presentation, the workshop will conduct translingual readings and (re)translations—from English to Chinese, Chinese to English, Putonghua to Cantonese, and so forth—of selected conceptual art works from the two books and related materials found locally in Tai Kwun Contemporary’s Artists’ Book Library.

This workshop will be conducted in English.


Born in Shanghai, Yan Wu is a curator, translator, and writer, living and working in Toronto. As a translator, she collaborated with the artist James Carl in completing the Chinese translation of Rosalind Krauss’s Passages in Modern Sculpture, published in 2016, and Lucy Lippard’s Six Years (co-translated with Miao Zijin, Song Furi and Zhu Yingying) and Dan Graham’s Rock My Religion, published in 2018. At present, she is working on the Chinese translation of Formless by Yves-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss, to be published in autumn 2019. As a curator, Wu’s work specialises in the intersection of visual art, architecture, and public space. Currently she is working on a five-year Public Art Master Plan for the City of Markham and preparing a sole exhibition of works by Chinese artist Miao Ying to open at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in April 2020. Prior to that, she co-curated the Canada Pavilion with Janine Marchessault at the 5th Bi-city Urbanism\Architecture Biennale in Shenzhen China in 2013. As a writer, Wu has contributed to Canadian and Chinese art and architecture publications including artforum.cn, ArtReview Asia, Canadian Art, PUBLIC, and more. She is also the English editor of journal Time+Architecture at Tongji University in Shanghai and the International Contributing Editor of the World Art Magazine at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.