Hong Kong’s M+ launches its inaugural moving image project exploring themes of contemporary migration, mobility and home.

The multi-site exhibition and screening programme “Mobile M+: Moving Images” showcases works from the museum’s growing moving image collection, in advance of its opening in 2018.

Clara Law, 'Floating Life' (video still). Image courtesy the artist and Hibiscus Films.

Clara Law, ‘Floating Life’ (video still). Image courtesy the artist and Hibiscus Films.

Mobile M+: Moving Images

In mid-January this year, Hong Kong’s M+ announced its inaugural moving image project, entitled “Mobile M+: Moving Images”. Running from 27 February to 25 April 2015, the programme is held at multiple sites and features two components: a series of thematic screenings as well as an exhibition of selected works.

Curated by Yung Ma, Associate Curator, Moving Image at M+, the project is inspired by ideas of contemporary migration, mobility and home. The press release reads:

Inspired by the many connotations of the word ‘moving’ and the rise of diasporic cinema, Mobile M+: Moving Images engages Hong Kong’s acclaimed ‘migratory cinema’ from the 80s and the 90s […] as a starting point to consider how conditions and realities of contemporary migration and displacement are imagined, expressed and represented through mediated images.

Yung Ma, Associate Curator, Moving Image at M+.

Yung Ma, Associate Curator, Moving Image at M+.

Migratory cinema

The screening component of the programme takes place over four weekends at Yau Ma Tei’s Broadway Cinematheque, the leading art house cinema in Hong Kong. A total of thirty Hong Kong and international films will be presented, ranging from narrative features to shorts, documentaries, artist films and videos, and television programmes. Curator Yung Ma was quoted in the press release as saying:

With Hong Kong’s ‘migratory cinema’ as one of the key inspirations, this project celebrates the city’s cinematic legacy. I also believe the project’s thematic focus on contemporary migration is rather poignant and relevant both locally and internationally, especially given the globalisation of the last decades.

Notable filmmakers showcased by the project include:

Tsai Ming Liang, 'I Don't Want To Sleep Alone', video still. Photo by William Laxton. Image courtesy the artist and Homegreen Films.

Tsai Ming Liang, ‘I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone’, video still. Photo by William Laxton. Image courtesy the artist and Homegreen Films.

A pluralistic approach to migration

The exhibition component of the project is held at two different locations, namely the Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan and Midtown POP in Causeway Bay. In addition to a special new commission by young and exciting Hong Kong animator Wong Ping, the exhibition showcases works by over 25 local and international artists and filmmakers, including:

Curator Yung Ma says of the inclusion of non-filmic forms:

In order to offer the public a fresh and wider perspective on moving images, the exhibition will include works in the filmic mode as well as other forms and mediums by Hong Kong and international artists and filmmakers. It will employ a pluralistic approach to visualise the transitional and transformative experiences of migration, reflecting the realities of today’s mobile societies.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, 'Central' (video still). Image courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, ‘Central’, video still. Image courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

An interdisciplinary curatorial project

The screening and exhibition programme will be complemented by a series of learning activities, including talks with filmmakers and artists as well as workshops and special guided tours. Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+, says:

[…] we aim to establish a strong identity for M+’s distinctive curatorial approach in presenting and collecting moving image works, in which boundaries between the different materials will be deliberately dissolved to form a holistic view of the field. A number of works or works by the same artists/filmmakers will be shown in both settings, further signifying our strategy of highlighting an inter-disciplinary approach to the formation of our programme and collection, which is central to the practice of M+ as a museum for visual culture.

Michele Chan


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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