Mar 20 | ABHK 2017

Special programs & opening hours
for Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

Can we imagine a space for music that exists outside of recordings, headphones and concerts?   Ari Benjamin Meyers

One fundamental difference between a recording and a performance is that a recording does not demand any commitment to listening.”   —Charles Kwong (composer, Hong Kong Solos)

An exposition, not an exhibitionSpring Workshop’s multi-faceted show created by Ari Benjamin Meyers, awaits you, featuring the collective effort of a cast of 32 people, some in an arduous durational performance at Spring (Litany and Rapture) and some sprinkled across the city offering private performances of newly-commissioned solos (Hong Kong Solos).

First, don’t miss your chance to hear Hong Kong Solos! We have very few spots left for you to experience the six five-minute musical miniatures performed by appointment only at our six partner non-profits across the city including: Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong Arts CentreM+Para Site, soundpocket and Things that can happen. To attend, please kindly complete this RSVP form which has further details on the compositions and performance schedules.

Here are the special programs at Spring Workshop and at Art Basel Hong Kong this week in Hong Kong:

Wednesday, March 22 
Special additional opening hours of An exposition, not an exhibition at Spring Workshop

Thursday, March 23 
We will co-present with frieze a talk titled Music and the Museum when artists Samson Young and Ari Benjamin Meyers, Spring Workshop curator-at-large Christina Liand frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock discuss the evolving cultural contexts in which contemporary music is produced, performed and collected.

Special opening hours of An exposition, not an exhibition that coincide with the South Island Cultural District (SICD) Art Day 

*Spring’s Founder and Director Mimi Brown will participate in ABHK’s Salon: Making Space for Culture | Districts, Complexes, and Clusters, together with international guest speakers William LimVilma JurkuteProfessor Ute Meta Bauer, and moderator Princess Alia Al-Senussi.

Friday, March 24 
Opening hours of An exposition, not an exhibition at Spring Workshop

Saturday, March 25 
*Spring’s curator-at-large Christina Li will participate in ABHK’s Salon: Un/Bound | The art of publishingwith Reiko Tomii, Jitish KallatPak Sheung Chuen, and moderator Ingrid Chu.

Opening hours of An exposition, not an exhibition at Spring Workshop

Sunday, March 26  
Opening hours of An exposition, not an exhibition at Spring Workshop

We look forward to welcoming you to Spring Workshop for this joint experiment in imagining a new space for music.

*To register for Art Basel’s programs, please refer to their website by clicking this link.  

Ari Benjamin Meyers
An exposition, not an exhibition
Now through April 1, 2017

An exposition, not an exhibition takes 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 has been specially arranged by Meyers for display in an experimental setting in an artwork entitled Litany and Rapture. At the other six arts organizations—Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong Arts CentreM+Para Sitesoundpocket and Things that can happen—Meyers has commissioned new musical compositions/interventions that are performed by staff members at their desks in a new work called Hong Kong SolosTaken together, these events epitomize Meyer’s experimentation with dissolving the delineation between art and music as he researches the foundations of the Kunsthalle for Music (see below).


This week
Mar 22, Wed | 2–7pm
Mar 23, Thur | 10–3pm (South Island Cultural District Art Day) *Talk at 11am
Mar 24, Fri | 2–7pm
Mar 25, Sat | 2–7pm
Mar 26, Sun | 2–7pm

Next week
Mar 30, Thur | 2–7pm
Mar 31, Fri | 2–7pm
Apr 1, Sat | 2–7pm

Hong Kong Solos
By appointment only at multiple sites (see below)

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

Don’t miss Hong Kong Solos —
musical miniatures across Hong Kong

The artwork entitled Hong Kong Solos features newly-commissioned solos from these six Hong Kong-based composers:

1. GayBird Leung, performed by Michelle Wong at Asia Art Archive

2. Steve Hui, performed by Samantha Kwok at Hong Kong Arts Centre 

3. Shane Aspegren, performed by Tom Morgan at M+

4. Vanissa Law, performed by Olivia Chow at Para Site 

5. Charles Kwong, performed by Alice Wong at soundpocket

6. Lam Lai, performed by Chantal Wong at Things that can happen 

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 at six non-profit arts organizations. In order to experience these intimate pieces devised for one performer and 1-4 audience members, potential listeners are invited to book visits. The work centers around the coming together of parties that don’t usually intersect—a composer and an art professional, an office and a performance—and presents the occasion for them to approach each other through the prism of a unique moment of music-making.

Hong Kong Solos are performed by appointment only. If you wish to book a visit, kindly complete the RSVP form. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and places are very limited. We will do our best to provide you a slot, but apologise in advance if we can’t meet your request.

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Date Mar 13—Apr 1, 2017
Time Please RSVP for available slots
Location Multiple offsite locations
Event Performance, music
Cost Free

frieze x Spring Workshop
Talk: “Music and the Museum

March 23 is the perfect day to join us at Spring not only for SICD Day, but also for “Music and the Museum,” a discussion between composers and artists Ari Benjamin Meyers, Samson Young and Spring Workshop curator-at-large Christina Li, chaired by frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock, on the evolving cultural contexts in which contemporary music is produced, performed and collected.

The event celebrates the launch of the newly-redesigned March issue of frieze, featuring a monograph on Young’s work, as well as Spring Workshop’s current exhibition by Meyers, An exposition, not an exhibition.

*This program is very full already, so seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-seated basis. If you miss a seat, you are welcome to join us standing.

Date Mar 23 (Thur), 2017
Time 11am to 12pm
Location Spring
Event Discussion
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 conference 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
More info

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