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Multiple Book Launch

Oct 15, 2010
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Para/Site Art Space, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan


This Is Hong Kong: 15 Videoartists (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Nadim Abbas)

Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya and Michael Lee)

Fugue In The Key Of Understanding (ed. Michelle Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi)

FAX: The Hong Kong Works (ed. Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya)


Date: (Friday) October 15, 2010; 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Para Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Para Site Art Space is pleased to announce the multiple book launch of four publications: This Is Hong Kong: 15 Videoartists, Who Cares? 16 Essays On Curating In Asia, Fugue In The Key Of Understanding and FAX: The Hong Kong Works. The launch of these publications is part of Para Site Art Space’s mission to contribute to the development of a critical voice within the Hong Kong and global art scene.

Who Cares? is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards ‘curatorial criticism,’ a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today. The book includes essays by Hu Fang, Norman Ford, Hou Hanru and Michael Lee, among others, and is designed by seed | projects. This project is co-published by Para Site Art Space, Studio Bibliotèque and seed | projects.

The publication of This Is Hong Kong follows the international tour of the video exhibition organized by Para Site Art Space. The book features essays by Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, Venus Lau and Robin Peckham. It includes descriptions of videoart works by 15 artists from Hong Kong, with Leung Chi Wo, Adrian Wong and Leung Mee Ping among them. The catalogue is designed by Nadim Abbas.

Fugue In The Key Of Understanding is the publication following the exhibition of Para Site Art Space – Hong Kong Jockey Club Curatorial Training Programme. Editors are students of the programme— Michelle Lee, Wong Wing Fung, Alvis Choi. The catalogue includes essays by the curators and Valerie C. Doran, as well as descriptions on works by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Mari Velonaki, Matt Dabrowski and The Many Hands Of Glamour, among others.

FAX: The Hong Kong Works is an appendix catalogue to FAX. The publication is produced for the traveling exhibition co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and ICI (Independent Curators International), New York, curated by João Ribas, and circulated by ICI. For the Hong Kong leg of the exhibition, curator Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya invited 18 new contributors to conceive of the fax machine as a tool for thinking and drawing. This book is a document of these fresh perspectives to the project.


More materials are available to view on site at Para Site. 

Click here to see a full inventory of all archive materials and contact us at archive@para-site.art for enquiries, to request an appointment to view materials, and for archival materials donations.


The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.