The centerpiece of Kray Chen’s exhibition features an unlikely configuration of mah-jongg tiles. Waiting for the Bird, 2016, has a small square table that will fit exactly fourteen mah-jongg tiles on each edge—the number required to complete a winning hand. Sitting on this table are four combinations of thirteen tiles, each awaiting the crucial last tile. To players of the popular game from China, these four extremely rare winning combinations-to-be are the stuff of legend, and in television and cinema they are milked for the incredulity of their occurrence in scenes of overblown one-upmanship.
Ho Rui An
A friend recently asked if the name Things That Can Happen—which belongs to a new nonprofit Hong Kong art space cofounded by Lee Kit and Chantal Wong—is intended to invoke some theoretical point about objects and their social lives. The connection was far-fetched, given that the space was conceived in response to what the founders saw as the city’s creative awakening following the 2014 resistance movements, but the question may well serve as a useful entry point into the venue’s inaugural show, “Jungle of Desire,” featuring animator Wong Ping. Better known in film circuits for his sordid urban