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The Hidden Pulse Free Screenings and Talks

Explore the ability of music and performance to build community, resist authority, transform culture, shape identity, excavate history, and reclaim cultural space. Enjoy any of the free sessions over two days.

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Films and videos by acclaimed international artists

The Hidden Pulse Free Screenings and Talks comprises artists’ videos and films that use music and performance as their stimulus. Across four curated screening sessions, the programme explores the capacity of music and performance to build community, resist authority, transform culture, shape identity, excavate history, and reclaim space. 

A panel discussion on each day of the programme further unpacks the themes behind The Hidden Pulse.

Your ticket registration will allow entry at any time during the session, over your chosen day.

In collaboration with M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

Header image: The Propeller Group, The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music (2014). Courtesy the artists and M+, Hong Kong.

Side image: Meriem Bennani, FLY (2016). Courtesy the artist.

Saturday 1 June

Session 1 : ‘The Pulse of the City’

Explores movement, embodiment, and urbanism. It features works that carve out alternative spaces and that celebrate rebellious experiences in the city.

2.15pm - 3.15pm
Panel discussion

Explores how The Hidden Pulse artists negotiate social space through  music and movement, while also fostering a sense of community and belonging.

Session 2: The Pulse of History

Explores history’s residues and reverberations, featuring works that mine, scrutinise, and reclaim historical ruptures.

Sunday 2 June

Session 3: ‘The Pulse of Language’

Explores translation, interpretation, and misinterpretation. It features works that embrace the slipperiness of language across cultures and art forms.

Panel discussion:

Explores how The Hidden Pulse artists transform existing written, spoken, and artistic languages to reveal hidden histories and marginalised narratives.

Session 4: ‘The Pulse of Culture’

Explores ritual and myth through works that highlight dynamic cultural traditions, and that collapse folklore and contemporary realities.

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