The Making of Voids is a research-based artwork that reflects on what has happened since the summer of 2019 in Hong Kong, when large-scale protests against plans to allow extradition to mainland China took place. The coronavirus crisis came shortly after mass arrests shrank the protests. Crisis after crisis has made Hong Kong an altered island for many, much like what the pandemic has done to all parts of the world. The Making of Voids is a portal between one world and the other. It is an attempt to break with the past, to imagine a world anew.
What is the role of collaborative research in contemporary museum practice? How can an art institution support research in the arts and humanities? These are some of the questions that were sent to a panel of interlocutors—among them multi-disciplinary researchers, curators, and art managers. Their responses are presented in the form of a discourse about contemporary art institutions and research; its focus is on how art institutions can generate knowledge, support research, and build inclusive environments.