On Sunday, the final day of Art HK 2012, ArtAsiaPacific‘s Guerrilla Talks spotlighted figures working in Hong Kong, and by coincidence, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although the two cities aren’t obviously linked, they are each tightly knit art communities with a few prominent institutions. To begin, AAP managing editor Olivier Krischer spoke with Enoch Cheng, the program coordinator at Asia Art Archive, about the Hong Kong research institution’s digitization efforts and AAA’s project at the fair, revisiting the legendary Oil Street artist’s village in North Point. Enoch was followed by Jessica Poon, Crystal Wong and Jessica Wong, organizers of the Street Art Movement, who spoke about their public projects, with audience members chiming in about their experiences making art in public places—such as life-drawing and exhibiting in the city’s MTR subway. Beginning the Pittsburgh block, HG Masters spoke with Dan Byers from the Carnegie Museum of Art, who talked about how the institution tries to nurture the local art scene, as well as to bring works from all corners of the globe together for its Carnegie International—the next edition of which is October 2013. William Kofmehl, who remembers the Internationals from his childhood, spoke about how he adapted a local synagogue to become his studio and home, and discussed his narrative- and performance-based practice.
Finally, both HG and Olivier spoke with Cosmin Costinas, the executive director of Para/Site, the leading Hong Kong space for experimental exhibitions, regarding his impressions as a recent but active arrival in the Hong Kong scene.
This Sunday session concludes our Guerrilla Talks for 2012. AAP thanks all our guests and the many visitors who stopped by. See you next year!