We are in for a treat as the artist and performer, Hong-Kai Wang will be giving a presentation titled A Room Where We Conspire at the School of Creative Media on September 10th.
Hong-Kai Wang will give a presentation of her recent series of projects that uses “discussion” as a mechanism to explore the construction of relations. This series has been realized in various collaborative contexts.
“Discussion” is simultaneously organized and performed by actors, composers and audience in The Musical Condition of Reasonable Conspiracy (2012/2013). In What’s the musical consequence of change? (2012/2013) at the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna, she invites twelve Austria-based expatriate composers to look into the possibility of shared music writing based on their geopolitical dislocations. And Oath of Love (2013) proposes the chance for two distinctively different musical groups to consider together the questions of perceived harmony and local loyalty in a community.
She works with a group of retired sugar factory workers and their spouses in Music While We Work (2011) in her hometown Huwei, Taiwan, employing ‘recording’ as a conceptual tool to explore how history is performed and identified. Currently she is researching into the other facet of the same region’s sugar production- sugarcane farming.
Born in Huwei, Taiwan, Hong-Kai Wang received a B.A. in Political Science from National Taiwan University, Taipei, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University, New York.
She works with sound as a conceptual means to investigate relations and the construction of social space and memory, focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to production. Her work spans performance, workshop, text and installation, concerned with listening and sound as forms of perceptual, cognitive organization and questions of relation and harmony.
Wang has presented her work internationally at Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2013), Iaspis (Stockholm, 2013), Arnold Schoenberg Center (Vienna, 2013), Kunstvlaai Inexactly This (Amsterdam, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto (Kumamoto, 2012), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, (Montreal, 2012), DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague, 2012), Taiwan Pavilion, the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), IMO (Copenhagen, 2011), Festival Eletronika (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2011), Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain (Luxembourg, 2010), International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (2009), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2008), La Noche en Blanco (Madrid, 2007), 2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga among others.
In the coming year, Wang’s work will be seen at Konstfack University (Stockholm, 2013), Festival Attraversamenti (Ostuni, Italy, 2013), Para Site (Hong Kong, 2013), TheCube Project Space (Taiwan, 2013), Kunsthall Trondheim (Trondheim, Norway, 2013) and elsewhere.
Wang has been the recipient of grants and awards from multiple organizations, including Iaspis International Residency Grant, Stockholm (2012-2013), SNYK Committee of International Travel Grants, Copenhagen (2011), the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs (2011), the Brooklyn Arts Council (2010), the Art Matters Foundation (2009), and the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation (2009).
Hong-Kai Wang will also be participating in the upcoming exhibition The Floating Eternity Project, In cooperation with Para Site. opening on Saturday, September 14, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.