For every great artist there is something familiar about the contour of each artwork even when the content is radically different. The same is true of curators. After the long haul trans-Pacific flight to Melbourne, Hou Hanru declared with a wry smile that he was exhausted. “I’ve done 120 exhibitions. What’s next?” The question can be answered, in part, by noting the pattern that underlies all the different projects. Does this place that is constructed in each exhibition, and is constantly renewed in the imagination, draw from an inexhaustible source of hope?