Feb 22 | An exposition, not an exhibition

Music is not necessarily
what you think it is.

What is your relationship to music?

The composer and artist Ari Benjamin Meyers wants to make us think about that. After a lifetime spent composing, rehearsing, working and playing with music, he thinks it’s time to displace our notions of what music can/might/should be and to create space to break out of disciplinary constraints, to create space for all of us to grow into new types of audiences and performers.

Meyers’ show that opens March 11 at Spring, An exposition, not an exhibition, is an adventure in breaking music norms. Taking place across the city at seven non-profit art organizations, the show is composed of three new artworks by Meyers: one which features the entire repertoire—over 100 works—of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble being played on display at Spring during our special opening hours; one which features new commissions from six local composers being performed by staff members at M+, Asia Art Archive, Para Site, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Things that can happen and soundpocket; and one which is a unifying melody, an anthem for all performers and audiences to share.

The works have been developed during Meyers’ two residencies at Spring Workshop in the summer and fall of 2016, and present some of his ongoing research into the foundational themes of the Kunsthalle for Music (KFM), a new institution conceived and directed by Meyers and founded in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Spring Workshop.  The title of this newsletter—music is not necessarily what you think it is—is the first line of the KFM’s manifesto, which can be found at www.kunsthalleformusic.org.

On a separate note, as we enter our final cycle of activities, we would like to take this opportunity to announce Christina Li‘s change of role from Director to Curator-at-Large in 2017. During her one and a half years at Spring, her unfaltering dedication to our projects, artists and colleagues has been a true inspiration in this collective experiment in how we relate to art. We look forward to continuing our work with her in this different capacity for our March and autumn programs.

In February, we loved hosting residents Victoria Amedume, Maurice Carlin and Jerrel Jackson who, with Asia Art Archive‘s Susanna Chung, are all fellows in The Clore Leadership Programme, the UK’s first cross-disciplinary leadership program set up to develop a generation of exceptional cultural leaders.

Now back to music!  Your homework is to start considering what you “think” music is…so that Meyers can try to convince you of what more it can be.

Hope to see you March 11.

Ari Benjamin Meyers
An exposition, not an exhibition
March 11—April 1, 2017

An exposition, not an exhibition will take place in seven arts organisations across the city of Hong Kong. In the first location, Spring Workshop, an ensemble of performers from the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) and their entire contemporary music repertoire will be specially arranged by Meyers for display in an experimental setting in an artwork entitled Litany and Rapture. At the other six arts organizations – M+, Asia Art Archive, Para Site, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Things that can happen and soundpocket – Meyers has commissioned new musical compositions/interventions that will be performed by staff members at their desks in a new work called Hong Kong Solos. Taken together, these events epitomize Meyer’s experimentation with dissolving the delineation between art and music.


Saturday, March 11
2pm to 4pm

An exposition, not an exhibition
Public Opening

Thursday, March 23
10am to 3pm

Art Basel x SICD Art Day Opening

11am to 12pm
Music and the Museum
Join us for a discussion between composers and artists Ari Benjamin Meyers, Samson Young, Spring Workshop Curator-at-Large Christina Li, and frieze magazine Deputy Editor Amy Sherlock.

For all events, please RSVP to rsvp@springworkshop.org, listing the event title in the subject.

*All program dates and times are subject to change. Please check our website to confirm the adjusted visiting hours for this show at www.springworkshop.org/ari-benjamin-meyersan-exposition-not-an-exhibition.

Date Mar 11—Apr 1, 2017
Time *Please check exhibition page
Location Spring Workshop and offsite locations
Event Exhibition, music, performance
Cost Free

An exposition, not an exhibition
Hong Kong Solos 

As part of An exposition, not an exhibition, Meyers created a new work Hong Kong Solos by inviting six composers to create new commissions in close collaboration with staff members at six arts organizations across the city. In order to experience these intimate pieces devised for one performer and 1-4 audience members, potential listeners are invited to book visits to these institutions. The work centers around the coming together of two usually disparate parties: a composer and an art professional, a (sometimes amateur) perfomer and a visitor, and the (often disconnected) art and music communities.

Composers, staff perfomers and venues include:
GayBird Leung x Michelle Wong at Asia Art Archive;
Steve Hui x Samantha Kwok at Hong Kong Arts Centre;
Shane Aspegren x Tom Morgan at M+;
Vanissa Law x Olivia Chow at Para Site;
Charles Kwong x Alice Wong at soundpocket;
Lam Lai x Chantal Wong at Things that can happen

Hong Kong Solos will be performed in art spaces across the city by appointment only. Please email us at rsvp@springworkshop.org to register for an appointment.

Date Mar 11—Apr 1, 2017
Time Please RSVP for available slots
Location Multiple offsite locations
Event Performance, music
Cost Free

Kunsthalle for Music

An exposition, not an exhibition was developed during Ari Benjamin Meyers two residencies at Spring Workshop in the summer and fall of 2016, and stems from his ongoing research into the essence of live musical performance and the questions surrounding its protocols for audiences, performers and institutions.

The Kunsthalle for Music is commissioned by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam) together with Spring Workshop (Hong Kong) and will make additional appearances at locations to be announced. An exposition, not an exhibition at Spring Workshop (March 2017) will unfold the Kunsthalle’s foundational themes, followed by a congress at Witte de With (May 2017) and punctuated by an inaugural take-over, featuring a series of new commissions also at Witte de With (January 2018).


Date 2017
Location Spring Workshop
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Event Music,
Cost Free
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Stationary 2

Stationary 2 has been digitally published! We invite you to visit www.stationarystories.com to sign up for Stationary 2: four provocative and uncompromising stories that will arrive in your inboxes bi-weekly throughout this season of strange times.

Co-edited by Malak Helmy and Christina Li, the second volume in this series offers stories that burrow into fantasies and venture down wormholes, finding reprieve from collective exhaustion.

As with Stationary 1, the editors invited artists, writers, and curators to address subjects outside their usual practices. In the works for the past year at Spring Workshop, the collection was launched on January 19, 2017 with the first of four texts by Haitham Wardany, Kevin Killian, Amir Zuabi, and Andrew Hugill with James Langdon each with a photo from a new series by Ann Woo.

Please sign up to make sure you receive the final missive of the volume of four that will conclude our digital version of Stationary 2. And if you have missed the first three stories and photos, they are waiting patiently for you at stationarystories.com.

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Location Spring
Event Publication
Cost Free

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