Discussion: Mingling between art and commerce, glocal and China

By Aric Chen (M+), Angelika Li (MILL6 Foundation), Dr Wessie Ling

Tue 24 Jan 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm


Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, HKU

Can art and creativity be managed? How can it be made possible in the context of Hong Kong? Against the backdrop of property investment, how do Hong Kong cultural leaders balance their subject with the pressure of commercial gain? How do they operate at the conjuncture of economic agenda, political differences and Chinese bureaucracy? How do they position Hong Kong in the trajectory?

M+ Lead Curator, Aric Chen and MILL6 Director, Angelika Li will join force with Dr Wessie Ling in an engaging dialogue. Both organisations under their leadership – M+ and MILL6 – are in the process of construction whereby a robust programme has long been in place to entice the local community. Conveyed by the Department of Sociology (HKU), this timely event puts art, culture, commerce, and politics in the forefront pointing to the specific condition of Hong Kong. Audience is encouraged to partake in the Q&A session to share their thoughts and concerns with our cultural leaders of the 21st century.

Aric Chen is Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum of visual culture under construction in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Previously, he served as Creative Director of Beijing Design Week, helping to oversee the successful launch of that event in 2011 and 2012. Prior to moving to Beijing, Chen was an independent curator, critic, and journalist based in New York, organising exhibitions and projects at the Design Museum Holon, Design Miami/Basel, the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale, Center for Architecture (New York), and ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam. He is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016), and has been a frequent contributor to publications including The New York Times, Metropolis, Architectural Record, and PIN-UP.

Angelika Li is Director of MILL6 Foundation, a new cross- disciplinary, non-profit platform with a focus on textile arts and culture. She is an Art Advisory Panel Member of the Mass Transit Railway and was appointed as the first gallery director of Sotheby’s Gallery in Asia. Her work suggests fresh perspectives and interpretations on traditional art form, as seen in ‘Beyond the Paper Screen – An Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Prints from The Uragami Collection’ (2013) and ‘Old Master Q: What The @#$% Is Going On? Original Works by Alphonso Wong’ (2014). Recent projects include: ‘It’s the wall world’ (2015) by a Japanese artist collective Chim↑Pom, MILL6 Inaugural Exhibition ‘Tracing some places’ (2015) by Leung Chi Wo, ‘Social Fabric: New Work by Mariana Hahn and Kwan Sheung Chi’ (2016) and ‘Textile Thinking – The International Symposium’ of The Second Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2016 (co-organised with Zhejiang Art Museum).

Dr Wessie Ling is Associate Professor at Northumbria University (United Kingdom); prior to it, Senior Lecturer at London College of Fashion. A cultural historian and artist, her work concerns cultural identity in creative production. Author of Fusionable Cheongsam (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2007), she made entries of fashion in Hong Kong and Taiwan to the Encyclopedia of East Asian Design (2017, Bloomsbury). Other forthcoming publication include Making Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape (eds., IB Tauris), Her visual art practice includes text, audio and installations to address the cultural property of fashion. Works were exhibited in Saint Dominic’s Priory (2016, UK: Newcastle Upon Tyne), OVADA (2015, UK: Oxford), Danson House (2013, UK: Bexleyheath), Brunei Gallery (2012, London: SOAS), Victoria & Albert Museum (2011, London) among others. www.WESSIELING.com Ling is currently Visiting Scholar at the University of Hong Kong (Sociology).


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