Kowloon hub executive discusses way forward Curator interns and young artists can together deliver exciting artwork on a small budget for the future arts hub, but the city needs to quickly spell out the project's 'key words', says a leading Japanese curator who has joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Board. Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art, is known for her achievement in promoting contemporary art in Kanazawa, a city north of Tokyo, and in founding a museum there in 2004. She has come to Hong Kong three times in recent years to share her experience. She will join the first board meeting today. The collection of M+, the arts hub's core museum, has to centre around certain core values, the curator said in an interview with the South China Morning Post yesterday. 'Do Hong Kong people want to discover their independence, or dependence? I mean, Hong Kong has shifted from a British colony to China's city, but do they want to keep some kind of independence? 'This is a point I want to listen to and give advice from an outsider's point of view,' she said. For the Kanazawa project, Ms Hasegawa came up with a series of key words including 'movement and traverse', 'narrativeness and nature of ordinary life', 'collaboration and participation' to guide collection purchasing and education programmes. Without key words, she said, selection would become subjective and themes fragmented. To engage local people's participation, the Kanazawa museum houses a citizen's gallery for amateurs to showcase their works without direction. She said she had a modest budget, US$50 million, along with private sponsorships to acquire collections. She would not comment on whether Hong Kong's initial capital of HK$1 billion would be enough but said curatorial internships could deliver good experimental artwork on a small budget. 'This is something I've always wanted to test in Kanazawa. Young, progressive curators and artists-in-residence can learn from each other and have fruitful discussions.' She said she would want to test the idea in Hong Kong and hoped the board would keep an open mind. During the five years before construction of the Kanazawa museum building was completed, Ms Hasegawa organised 20 educational activities ranging from workshops to movie screenings and talks. American artist Matthew Barney's experimental film series The Cremaster Cycle was shown in a cinema that used to show mainstream movies. 'We show this gorgeous film to show contemporary art is not far away from your life,' she said. She was ready to fly to attend board meetings and would want to see the hub plan roll out as soon as possible: 'It is amazing everything is so well prepared here ... It is good to listen to so many people's voices, but we need to head to a direction.'