Hong-Kai Wang Seminar “Ears for Home”

Hong-Kai Wang Seminar “Ears for Home”

14 November, 2021

November 23, 13-16 / November 24, 10-16, November 26, 10-16


The Ears for Home seminar proposes a collaborative inquiry into the multiple strata of listening around the notion of “home/shelter/refuge.” Taking James Baldwin’s musing in Giovanni’s Room (1956) that “perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition” as a point of departure, the seminar seeks to examine the different listening contexts and positionalities, as well as in the power relations therein. Being the listeners as a node through which threads of history and identity, theory and praxis manifest and intersect, we ask: how do we imagine and possibly construct a space of cohabitation, that can be called a home, whether it be a site, a condition, a geography, a consciousness, a psychic world, or otherwise?


Born in Huwei, Taiwan, Hong-Kai Wang’s research-based practice is informed by the unceasing tension between languages, ideologies, identities and knowledge regimes, confronting the politics of knowledges and radical moments lost at the intersection of lived experience, power, and “listening.” Through experimenting on modes of sonic sociality, her multidisciplinary work seeks to conceive of other time-spaces that critically interweave the production of desire, histories of labor, economies of co-habitation, and formations of knowledge.      

Wang has presented her practice internationally at Arts Maebashi, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (radio), Artspeak, Asia Art Biennial 2019, Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2019, Sculpture Center New York, documenta 14, Taipei Biennial 2016, Liquid Architecture, Museum of Modern Art New York among others. She was one of the represented artists at Taiwan Pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale. 

Readings include selected texts by Dylan Robinson, Maryanne Amacher, Nina Sun Eidsheim, Achille Mbembe, Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, etc. (pdf’s of these text will be shared through email)

Photo credit: A listening session at Spring SessionsAmman, Jordan, 2016Photo by Hong-Kai Wang