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March 2, 2016.

M+ Matters

M+ Matters: Confronting Activist Art and Design from a Museological Perspective examines creative practices arising from acts of civil disobedience and movements for social change, and the questions, challenges, opportunities, and obligations they present for collections-based museums of visual culture. Often ad hoc, spontaneous, and site-specific, this genre of creative production, whether generated by professional, grassroots, or informal actors, provokes further debate concerning its place, and appropriateness, within an institutional setting and framework.

In light of the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and other mass protests around the world, this talk will explore key issues such as: What are the politics, and political implications, of a museum collecting and exhibiting activist work or, conversely, avoiding the subject altogether? How does one define the ‘work’—as a creative expression, a document, a historical artefact? And how might this shape collecting criteria? What place, if any, does contemporary activism have in a museum, and might institutional inclusion also represent a form of co-option?

Date: 21 March 2016
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, V322, 3/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Gavin Grindon, Director, Centre for Curatorial Studies, University of Essex
Nikolaus Hirsch, Architect and Curator
Anne Pasternak, Director, Brooklyn Museum
Sampson Wong, Convener of the Umbrella Movement Visual Archives & Research Collectives

Aric Chen, Curator, Design and Architecture, M+
Tina Pang, Curator, Hong Kong Visual Culture, M+
Laurent Gutierrez, Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The talk will be conducted in English, with Cantonese and Putonghua simultaneous interpretation.

Free admission. Limited space; advance registration required.

For registration and more information, please visit www.westkowloon.hk/mplusmatters

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