Arto Lindsay "untitled" (colored filters) 2013. Image courtesy South China Morning Post

They say Hong Kong is a cultural desert, a city that only welcomes commercial high-brow art. Though I don’t completely disagree, that cliche is slowly  disappearing and for a performance curator coming from New York’s vibrant art scene, it is exciting to break through new grounds. I wouldn’t have missed the chance to create a massive public art project– an Art Basel commission, for the launch of its inaugural edition in Hong Kong. When I was asked to produce such an event, it seemed just a perfect fit, perhaps even a dream project, as I’ve been an admirer of the progressiveness of its cultural programming (think Basel Miami’s Oceanfront Nights and Art Parcours), and an excuse for me to work with many talented artists and performers all at once.

Cedric Maridet at Art Basel Hong Kong

Cedric Maridet "Messages from the Outer World" 2013, with CU Choir (image courtesy Art Basel)

Nadim Abbas: Barricades 2013

Heague Yang "Sonicwears" 2013. Kung Chi Shing performing solo.

Angela Su "Une Charogne" 2013

Alice Ma Dance Group

Kung Chi Shing

Otomo Yoshihide

Shane Aspegren (Parade soundtrack compositions with Arto Lindsay)

Otomo Yoshihide (left), Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and artist Ming Wong (right) courtesy Art Forum