M+ Matters: Confronting Activist Art and Design from a Museological Perspective


  1. 6:30 - 7:00 Registration
  2. 7:00 - 9:00 Talks

M+ Matters: Confronting Activist Art and Design from a Museological Perspective 

M+ Matters: Confronting Activist Art and Design from a Museological Perspective examines creative practices arising from acts of civil disobedience and movements for social change, and the questions, challenges, opportunities, and obligations they present for collections-based museums of visual culture. Often ad hoc, spontaneous, and site-specific, this genre of creative production, whether generated by professional, grassroots, or informal actors, provokes further debate concerning its place, and appropriateness, within an institutional setting and framework.

In light of the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and other mass protests around the world, this talk will explore key issues such as: What are the politics, and political implications, of a museum collecting and exhibiting activist work or, conversely, avoiding the subject altogether? How does one define the ‘work’—as a creative expression, a document, a historical artefact? And how might this shape collecting criteria? What place, if any, does contemporary activism have in a museum, and might institutional inclusion also represent a form of co-option?


鑒於2014年香港發生了雨傘運動,以及世界各地出現的大規模抗議遊行,是次講座探究的重點議題包括:博物館收藏及展出行動主義作品,有何策略和政治意味?又或者反過來問:如何完全避開相關政治的主題?我們該如何定義「作品」— 是創作表達,是文獻,還是歷史性的實物?這定義對收藏的標準又有何影響?當代行動主義在博物館有否佔一席位?若有,該如何定位?當其被納入在機構之下,意義和價值又會否被削弱?


  • Gavin Grindon, Director, Centre for Curatorial Studies, University of Essex (艾塞克斯大學策展研究中心主任)
  • Nikolaus Hirsch, Architect and Curator (建築師與策展人)
  • Anne Pasternak, Director, Brooklyn Museum (布魯克林藝術博物館總監)
  • Sampson Wong 黃宇軒, Convener of the Umbrella Movement Visual Archives & Research Collectives (雨傘運動視覺文化庫存計劃召集人)


  • Aric Chen 陳伯康, Curator, Design and Architecture, M+ (M+設計及建築策展人)
  • Tina Pang 彭綺雲, Curator, Hong Kong Visual Culture, M+ (M+ 香港視覺文化策展人)
  • Laurent Gutierrez 古儒郎, Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (香港理工大學設計學院教授)

Free admision. Online registration required.


The talk will be conducted in English, with Cantonese and Putonghua simultaneous interpretation.


When typhoon signal no. 8 or above is hoisted, or the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued by the Hong Kong Observatory on or after 4:30pm on the event date, the event will be cancelled. 
活動當日,如天文台於下午 4 時 30 分或以後發出黑色暴雨警告信號,或懸掛八號或以上烈風或暴風信號,活動將會取消。


M+, West Kowloon Cultural District 西九文化區M+博物館
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 香港理工大學設計學院


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