Orchestrations | Samson Young

Para Site presents Orchestrations - a solo exhibition by Samson Young that looks at the modalities of “orchestra-making” in various communities of Hong Kong. The exhibition consists of a selection of existing works and new commissions. It is the culmination of a year-long musicological research on the history of orchestras by Young in conversation with curator Qinyi Lim of Para Site and musicologist Giorgio Biancorosso. 

The exhibition draws from Young’s training as a composer, his understanding of the politics behind the Western musical notation system, and his view of orchestras as formed collectives. Through music making, orchestras are invested in both the formal act of performing music and the informal act of creating harmony. Interested in the slippages that can occur in the use of “orchestra” as a word, Young’s presentation questions the structures that govern the way we experience music and the audiences they construct. In addition, the accompanying publication elaborates on the possible methodologies that can be used to build these temporary communities.

Co-presented by Para Site and Connecting Spaces Hong Kong - Zurich
Orchestrations is part of Draft, a yearlong project anchored in nine interdisciplinary collaboratives—Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, St. Petersburg and Zurich—which collectively consider how contemporary art can produce, provoke and contribute to critical public debates. Draft is an initiative of Khanabadosh, Mumbai and Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Image above:
Studies for Pastoral Music (Pistol Muzzleloader) 
Samson Young 2015
Pencil, ink, watercolour, modeling paste on paper
18.6 x 27.5 cm each
Courtesy of Living Collection

27 MAY – 12 JUN
11:00am – 7:00pm 

Connecting Space Hong Kong
G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street
North Point, Hong Kong


May 27