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Responding to Circumstance

Reflecting on perplexities of the ordinary, three artists from Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore alert our senses to everyday nuance

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Samson Young

HONG KONG

Memorizing the Tristan Chord (Institute of Fictional Ethnomusicology), 2013, still from video installation and web database. Courtesy Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong.


For many in China, musical training is seen as priming students for success in life, teaching discipline, rigor and the possibility—sadly illusive—of perfection. Hong Kong artist Samson Young, who has a doctorate in composition, seems to have internalized this cultural sentiment. While his…

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