Hong-kai Wang

May 2012

Involved in the project ‘The Human Factor’, due to a complex bureaucratic process, Hong-kai Wang  continues to explore how “discussion” as a commonplace social practice can be of critical, transformative capacity, resisting to not merely reproducing itself as an uncontested, given mechanism. A series of audio and video documents from works developed over the past year in Copenhagen and Vienna accompany a new performative workshop which take the subversive potential of musical composition as its subject. The performance ‘The Musical Condition of Reasonable Conspiracy’ will be act the 24th of May at the Museo Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese, and it will be recorded for a following editing.

Special thanks for their contribution to:
Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, composer and musicologist;
Daniele Del Monaco, composer and pianist;
Matteo Nasini, visual artist;
Fabio Rizzi, musician.

Born in Yunlin, Taiwan, Hong-kai Wang graduated from the National Taiwan University (Taipei) and gained a masters in media studies from The New School University (New York). In 2011 she was representative of the Taiwanese Pavillion at the 54 Venice Biennale. Her work was presented in different international institutions including: Membra Disjecta for John Cage (Vienna, 2012), Paraflows 6: Listening Comprehension (Vienna, 2012), Copenhagen University of Arts (Copenhagen, 2011), Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Galleries (Annandale-on-Hudson, 2011), Festival Eletronika (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2011), Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain (Luxembourg, 2010), International Incheon Women Artists’s Biennale (2009), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2008), La Noche en Blanco (Madrid, 2007), 2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga (2006), Yokohama Triennial (2005). Wang has been the recipient of grants and awards from multiple organizations, including SNYK Committee of International Travel Grants (Copenhagen, 2012), Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs (2011), Brooklyn Arts Council (2010), Art Matters Foundation (2009) and the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation (2009).

Image: ‘Music While We Work’, The Heard and the Unheard ‐ Soundscape Taiwan, Taiwan Pavilion (54th Biennale di Venezia, Italia), 2011.
Sound and video installation, 40 min. | Image courtesy of Chen You-Wei.

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