June 2015 - July 2015

AAA FM 993 | Samson Young

Asia Art Archive

The Hong Kong-based artist moves through various locations in and around AAA by way of a mobile radio station to generate a series of public broadcasts.

15 Invitations for 15 Years
A special programme series featuring exhibitions, projects, written works, performances, a blog, and publication marking Asia Art Archive's 15-year anniversary.

Hong Kong–based artist Samson Young moves through various locations in and around AAA by way of a roving sound station—doubling as a bookmobile and deejay booth—to generate a series of mobile radio broadcasts. His project AAA FM 993 invokes classic radio programmes with news announcements, interview segments, and commercials incorporating ambient noise sourced from AAA's audio collection, focusing on the in-between to parallel past and present.

AAA FM993: Selection from AAA''s John Clark Archive

John Clark Archive

Asia Art Archive commenced the digitisation and mapping of Sydney-based art historian and emeritus professor John Clark’s interview archive in 2013.

Clark’s archive comprises of over 280 interviews of artists and art professionals from across Asia spanning the past 27 years, presenting a set of art historical narratives constructed through oral histories and conversations. It is accompanied by ten volumes of interview transcripts, including Clark’s research notes on chronologies and bibliographies of individual artists. An in-depth interview with Clark was conducted by AAA to further contextualise his research practice.The material is largely geographically structured—divisions to enable coherent browsing that classify artists by the countries in which they live and work, and by those whose works and interests concern a particular region.More material will be gradually made accessible through the AAA website.

View here for a preliminary list mapping the artists and art professionals interviewed by John Clark.

Hong Kong–based artist Samson Young moves through various locations in and around AAA by way of a roving sound station—doubling as a bookmobile and deejay booth—to generate a series of mobile radio broadcasts. His project AAA FM 993 invokes classic radio programmes with news announcements, interview segments, and commercials incorporating ambient noise sourced from AAA's audio collection, focusing on the in-between to parallel past and present.


During the live broadcast session at Pound Lane, Artist Samson Young interviewed his artist friend, Lisa Park.

Lisa Park in AAA FM993

During the live broadcast session at Pound Lane, Artist Samson Young interviewed his mother.

Samson's Mom in AAA FM993

The AAA FM993 Live Broadcast Cart

Artist Samson Young asks his interviewees to leave an random object at the end of the interviews, and stored them in the broadcast cart.

Get to know the stories of the objects, broadcasts available through here.

Things in the Cabinet from AAA FM993

AAA FM993 at Open Saturday

A day-long programme centring on art as a means of inquiry. Invited collaborators from various fields share fresh perspectives on a range of topics for diverse audiences to actively explore art’s capacity to generate ideas.

Sea of Stories (SOS) is an array of dynamic initiatives: a radio broadcast, bookmaking, pop-up storefront, film screening, and performances—accompanied by a talk, tours, workshops, and an exhibition. Spanning a full day and evening while traveling between indoor and outdoor locations, audiences can unlock secrets and re-imagine narratives by navigating through AAA's collection and sites within Sheung Wan.

Check out more about AAA's public workshop here.

Samson Young | AAAFM 993


A series of podcasts and related posts for the project are available here.


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John Clark Archive
15 Invitations blog

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15 Invitations for 15 Years is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation, and The Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The programme is part of the ADC 20th Anniversary Celebration Series. Special thanks to Hani Charaf, Kemistry Design; and Spring Workshop.

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