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[GUIDED VIEWINGS]"JEN BERVIN : SILK POEMS" WITH CURATOR CHRISTOPHER MATTISON AND "TOBIAS KLEIN : METAMORPHOSIS OR CONFRONTATION" WITH TOBIAS KLEIN
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Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: 1/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Language: English
Cost: Free admission, all are welcome. Please click here to register.
**Please reserve your space by 19 February 2020. No walk-in accepted. ID (HKID/Passport) matching registered name required for entry.**

The University Museum and Art Gallery and the HKU Museum Society are pleased to present guided viewings of two current exhibitions, J
en Bervin: Silk Poems and Tobias Klein: Metamorphosis or Confrontation. We will be guided by the artist Tobias Klein and Museum Curator Christopher Mattison.

Jen Bervin: Silk Poems

Beyond silk’s traditional use in textiles, researchers are now experimenting with the material in novel forms of biomedical technology; as silk is compatible with human tissue, the immune system can accept silk on surfaces as sensitive as the human brain. In the UMAG exhibition Silk Poems, visual artist and author Jen Bervin melds the medium’s traditional applications with cutting edge research – engaging with silk’s cultural, scientific and linguistic complexities.

Tobias Klein: Metamorphosis or Confrontation

Trained as an architect, Tobias Klein explores applications of three-dimensional printing through the fields of architecture, art design and interactive media installation. With these various fields of study, he creates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/ CAM technologies with site- and culturally-specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes and historical architectural references. Klein understands the multiple roles of architect, designer and cultural agitator as being the keys to a new form of creator-craftsman who is set to overcome the 15th and 16th century schism between intellectual and manual labourer, as well as the 19th century gulf between automation and poetic creation.

Resource Person
UMAG curator Christopher Mattison's current research focuses on the interplay of text and image in the museum environment. Mattison received his MA in Comparative Literature and MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, where he worked closely with the International Writing Program and a diverse range of visual artists. After completing the course work for a PhD in Comparative Literature, he abandoned the classroom for Boston, where he re-booted the literary publishing house Zephyr Press and developed projects with private galleries and university museums. Before taking up the positions of curator and publisher at UMAG, Mattison was Assistant Director for the Advanced Institute of Cross-Disciplinary Studies at City University.
 
Images (from left to right): Jen Bervin with silk cocoon and silk film, © Jen Bervin; Mask, Tobias Klein

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