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In 2016 Swire Properties partnered with Los Angeles-based United Talent Agency (UTA) Fine Arts to bring international art personalities and a vibrant arts programme to Hong Kong, as well as host the Dialogue Series in the lounge at Art Basel. Luminaries of the art world sparked meaningful discourse about contemporary art, architecture and fashion.

Talk 1 : Temporary Architecture
Moderator: Georgina Adam, Author, art market editor-at-large for The Art Newspaper, and art market columnist for The Financial Times
Speaker: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery;
Kulapat Yantrasast, Founding partner and creative director of wHY Architecture;
Robbie Antonio, Collector, and founder of Revolution Pre-Crafted;
Marisa Yiu, Director and founding partner of ESKYIU

As fairs and festivals—be it Art Basel, Burning Man, the Venice Biennale, Paris Fashion Week, Coachella, or SXSW—have become a global phenomenon, attracting millions of people internationally and literally shaping the feel and movement of a certain generation, how has architecture been impacted? What is the currency of the 
“temporary structure” or the “pop-up space”? 

Talk 2 : Larry Bell and Hugh Dutton
Moderator: Graham Steele, Senior Director at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles
Speaker: Larry Bell, Artist;
Hugh Dutton, Architect

Artist Larry Bell and architect Hugh Dutton discuss the translation of light and space into art and architecture, moderated by Graham Steele, Senior Director at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles.

Talk 3 : After Murakami: Artistic Disruption and Fashion
Moderator: Benjamin Eymere, Publisher of L'Officiel
Speaker: Jeffrey Deitch, Curator, art dealer and advisor;
Derek Blasberg, Fashion and art critic and independent curator;
William Zhao, Independent curator, Critic and consultant;
Diana D'Arenberg, Fashion and art critic and independent curator;
Alxander Gilkes, Founder of Paddle7

 

At a time when more and more artists work collaboratively and across diverse forms of media, can art exist within the realm of fashion without risking its autonomy? Do the most potent acts of artistic disruption come from collaborations with other creative spheres?

Talk 4 : Art in Malls: When Public Space Becomes the Institution
Moderator: Alexandra Seno, Development Director of Asia Art Archive
Speaker: Josh Roth, Head of UTA Fine Arts;
Tobias Berger, Head of Art at Central Police Station;
Aric Chen, Curator of Design and Architecture at M+

Can artwork intended for the “white cube” preserve its weight and density in an environment that inherently commercial?