Art Symposium: Synaesthesia in Art and Lalan

29 May, 2021 | Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Showcasing thirty-two masterpieces and archival materials of Lalan's cross-disciplinary attempts, Extended Figure: The Art and Inspiration of Lalan traces the artist's transformative moments, and experimentation and introspection through the bodily focused art-making practice.


To deepen audiences' understanding of Lalan's artistic practice, Asia Society Hong Kong Center will present a two-day symposium and invite scholars, artists, curators and art historians to review her artistic achievements from various aspects.



Synaesthesia in Art and Lalan 

In 1971, Lalan developed an art related to "synesthesia", which integrated not only visual art but also other forms of sensory art into her painting, music, and dance performance. Lalan's paintings facilitate the viewer to utilize various senses other than the visual one. This symposium will explore Lalan's work from the perspective of synesthesia in art, followed by a panel discussion on sensory art in three disciplines: Dance, Music, and Painting.


Date: Saturday, 29 May, 2021 

Time: 10:15am-1:30pm;  1:45pm-4:45pm

Language: Cantonese and English  (with English and Mandarin Simultaneous Interpretation)

Free Admission. Registration required.

Organised by Asia Society Hong Kong Center 

Location Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive Admiralty, Hong Kong




Morning Session

10:15-10:30       Registration 

10:30-11:30       Presentation by Ms. Catherine Kwai

11:30-12:30       Presentation by Dr. Elaine Kwok Yin Ning 

12:45-13:30       Extended Figure: The Art and Inspiration of Lalan tour (Cantonese) 



Afternoon Session

13:45-14:00       Registration 

14:00-15:15       Panel discussion by Mr. Allen Lam, Dr. Francis Yu, Mr. Kung Chi Shing

16:00-16:45       Extended Figure: The Art and Inspiration of Lalan tour (English) 







Dr. Elaine Kwok Yin Ning is the Part-time Lecturer at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She earned her PhD and MPhil in Art History from The University of Hong Kong. Her research fields include history and aesthetics in both Chinese and Western art; cross-cultural interaction between China and the West, and comparison between Chinese and Western art.


Ms. Catherine Kwai is the Founder and Managing Director of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Director of Kwai Fung Foundation. She established Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery in 1991, motivated by a passion for art and her wish to bridge the cultural exchange between China and the West. In the past 30 years, Kwai Fung Hin has organized over 100 exhibitions at the gallery, co-curated exhibitions with renowned museums, and collaborated with international publishing house to publish artists' monograph. In 2011, Ms Catherine Kwai was made "Knight of the National Order of the Merit" for her contribution to the arts.  She established Kwai Fung Foundation in 2020 to support art education in Hong Kong, and to build digital archives for artists such as Li Huayi and Lalan.


Mr. Allen Lam is an accomplished choreographer and performer with a broad reaching talent covering classical ballet, contemporary and experimental dance. He is a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and received an MFA at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He has performed with several major dance companies in Hong Kong and the United States, including Hong Kong Ballet and ODC, San Francisco. Allen has received the Hong Kong Dance Awards for organizing theatre and educational dance projects in 2005 and 2014. As a Choreographer, Allen was co-founder of DanceArt Hong Kong in 1995, he also received the Asia Cultural Council Fellowship to conduct dance research programs in New York in the same year. In 2004, Allen founded Muse Motion where he continues to produce outstanding works in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, theatre director, actors and dancers from different cultural backgrounds.


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Francis Yu went abroad to study art and received his BFA in Visual Arts from York University, Toronto, and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Later he furthered his studies by pursuing a PhD degree in the theory and practice of painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Yu's artistic practice revolves around painting. He has initiated a series of research projects to examine his conception of 'Total Painting'. His creative outputs have been featured in six consecutive solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions over the last ten years. Currently, Francis is the Associate Professor at Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also the academic advisor of Extended Figure: The Art and Inspiration of Lalan exhibition.


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mr. Kung Chi Shing is a composer, performer and music activist. Kung studied classical music and composition in the United States with Allen Trubitt and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group 'The Box', which he founded with Peter Suart in 1987, and since 2009 as founder and curator of the 'Street Music Series' of free public concerts in Hong Kong. Kung's compositions and performances focuses on experimentation with different formats, including pop, classical and improvisational music, and theatre art. He has collaborated frequently with choreographers, directors and theatre artists, and has performed his music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Cuba, Tashkent, New York, London, Berlin and Venice.


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