Orchestrations: Tools to Orchestrate

5 – 12 June 2016
Workshop and Guided Tours



Para Site is pleased to present “Tools to Orchestrate”, two Sundays of public programmes in conjunction with Orchestrations, a solo exhibition by Samson Young. This exhibition looks at the modalities of “orchestra-making” in the various communities of Hong Kong, and draws from Young’s understanding of the politics behind the Western musical notation system. Orchestrations is the culmination of a year-long musicological research into the history of orchestras by Young in conversation with Para Site curator Qinyi Lim and musicologist Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso.

Workshop: Shared risks for Orchestra #1

Date: 5 June 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Connecting Space Hong Kong (Directions)

This group workshop takes a page out of Young’s artist publication, Orchestrations. Each participant will be provided with a bird whistle and taught to produce a birdcall using the prop. With their individual birdcalls, the participants will form a temporary collective and orchestra through the mastery and performance of their instruments – the bird whistle.

Admissions and Enquiries

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. For registration, please contact connectingspace.hk@zhdk.ch

Guided Tours

Date: 12 June 2016 (Sunday)
2:00pm & 4:00pm
Venue: Connecting Space Hong Kong (Directions)

During the final weekend of the exhibition, musiciologist Dr Giorgio Biancorosso and Para Site curator Qinyi Lim will provide 30-minute guided tours of the exhibition, as well as discuss the works and research process behind the project.

Giorgio Biancorosso holds a Ph.D in Musicology from Princeton University, USA. Between 2001-2003, he was a Mellon Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Columbia University. In 2005, he took a teaching position at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he is now Associate Professor in Music. Biancorosso is a member of the Programme Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Chairman of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

About Orchestrations

Orchestrations is part of Draft, a yearlong project anchored in nine interdisciplinary collaboratives—Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, St. Petersburg and Zurich—which collectively consider how contemporary art can produce, provoke and contribute to critical public debates. Draft is an initiative of Khanabadosh, Mumbai and Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).