Gallery 2: Samson Young


Gallery 2

Samson Young

7 July – 29 October

One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) is a newly commissioned radio series and gallery installation inspired by tales of Chinese migrants, presented as part of Manchester International Festival. Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, sound artist and composer Samson Young will take visitors and listeners on a journey inspired by the myths and legendary tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot.
The work begins with a fivepart radio series performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Presented in front of a live studio audience over five evenings at Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry will also be broadcast throughout Manchester on FM and online.

Following the radio series, an immersive audio-visual installation will be presented in the gallery at CFCCA. This multi-layered piece will incorporate material from the radio performances to provide another intriguing perspective to these stories, and investigate how journeys are remembered and retold.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection, and West Kowloon Cultural District. Supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.