The Moderation(s) project began with an invitation to Latitudes, a Barcelona-based independent curatorial office formed by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna, to a residency in Hong Kong during which they investigated the urban territory from a curatorial perspective by looking into how it is articulated through specialist tours and attractions, both phenomena at the edge of the cultural, tourism and leisure sectors.
Elaborating on the approach of their prior project Incidents of Travel at Casa del Lago, Mexico City (24 September–4 November 2012), the duo invited four Hong Kong-based artists – Nadim Abbas, Ho Sin Tung, Yuk King Tan and Samson Young – to develop day-long tours, thus retelling the city and each participant’s artistic concerns through personal itineraries and waypoints. Alongside these ventures into the city, research around local forms of vernacular collection display and eccentric attractions were made. These encompassed self-made or esoteric museums, museum-like retail spaces, or ‘marginal’ sculptural displays.
The undercurrents to this research considered questions such as: How does the cultural currency of the tour-form relate to historical, geographical, sociological and commercial concerns? How is tour-guiding or tourism a form of moderation or spectatorship? What can contemporary curatorial practice – as well as future art institutions – learn from Hong Kong vernacular display strategies?
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