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Contemporary Art & Cultural Interactivity

Artist Interviews


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Curatorial Proposals

We Are Apart, We Are Close: Song Dong

In 2020, most common people are worried about being infected due to the poor living conditions. Moreover, they must endure a narrow living space at their home. They feel more unsettled, anxious and stressed. These psychological and emotional reactions may also cause distress in later life. Song Dong focuses on people and he takes all kinds of relations in reality to discuss in his works of art. He doesn't try to show the cruel side of life, but tries to find a way to turn frustration into new value in an abstract realism way. We want to bring his interactive artwork for Hong Kong people to provide connection relating to mental health and emotion management.  

Once in a Lifetime: Lee Mingwai

In the second half of 2019, a wave of Anti-Extradition Law Movement resulted in long-term social unrest and violence and the new coronavirus that broke out in 2020 has also quickly spread to Hong Kong and even the whole world. Both incidents have seriously affected the mental health of Hong Kong people. Healing is one of Lee Mingwei ’s unique artistic features, which makes his works of art always focus on daily life and explore the core essence of daily events. It is hoped that Lee's exhibition will help people to recover after the turmoil in 2019 and COVID-19 in 2020, rejuvenate and rebuild relationships between people and the city.

Modern Healing: Jan Vormann

Hong Kong is seen as an international metropolis and dreamy heaven for consumerists. Thousands of artificial lights and luxury brand logos overly bright the city while scars and fissures get shaded indeed. Yet, from 2019 to 2020, frequent social protests along with violent actions in the Anti-Extradition Movement broke the apparent peace of the whole city. Under these circumstances, social negative emotions as well as pessimism and extremism thoughts have twisted original HK spirits to some extend. By curating the Jan Vormann residency project in HK, we hope to creatively answer this core question: How does art correlate with social reality in this contemporary context?

The Helpers: Alma Quinto

On working days, the Filipino helpers need to do a lot of work and almost have no leisure. They rarely take a day off on Sunday, and they can’t afford the high expense of going to the restaurant, so they usually gather at public places like Queen‘s Plaza and Chater Garden in Central. But when passing by them, it makes people think about their identity and existence in HK. Will they be marginalized or ignored in Hong Kong society?  This project is to provide people with the opportunities to embrace, share art and love with the helpers.

What is Reality: Olafur Eliasson & Kingsley Ng

Globalization brings advancement and convenience, yet, we are still vulnerable when we face all these issues. Technology could not bring us peace and strength; the power of nature is subdued during the course of cosmopolitanism.  In the time of social movements and coronavirus, Hong Kong city and its people are wounded and surrounded by overwhelmed information, what if Art could spare them a moment to identify what is real, and what do they really need?

He Yunchang

He Yunchang, is known as the most challenging performance artist of mainland China. Many of his performances have involved immense pain and hurt to his own body. In Dialog with Water (1999), he attempted to cut a river into two halves with a knife while hanging upside-down from a crane over 90 minutes; In Eyesight Test (2003), he focused his eyes on 256 light bulbs of 10,000 watts for an hour; and most famously, One Meter of Democracy (2010), In this work, 25 participants collectively voted to carry out the artist's proposal of having his own body cut with 1-meter-long opening without anesthetics and stayed to witness its fulfillment.

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Artist Interviews

Interview with Cornelia Erdmann

Produced by An Dongqi, Chow Fuk Yan, Fan Yiling, Ouyang Ruizhi, Zhu Wenzhe

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Curatorial Proposals

Second Life: Candy Chang

2018.04.21-24 Kowloon Park

Candy Chang is a US-based artist whose community works examine the dynamics between society, public space and the individual psyche.  This proposed residency combines a series of screenings, workshops, and installation activities with local elderly care homes to stimulate intergenerational communication within the community.

Authors:  Cao Jieqiong, Huang Yupin, Qiao Qi, Song Yixiu, Zhang Fangge

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Artist Interviews

Interview with Kong Jingcai

Produced by Chen Shanwan, Liu Ni, Song Xiaowei, Wang Yuhong, and Xiao Qiaochu

Interview with Vivian Wenli Lin

Produced by Au Wingnga, Chung Hofai, Leung Lokyiu, and Lo Chiming

Interview with Winnie Siu Davies

Produced by CHEN Rui, DENG Qiaoshan, GUAN Shuyu, PENG Xuanran, and YU Yuan.

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Curatorial Proposals

Awake in Your City: Wu Mali

2016.06.01-11 Tai Tam, Shing Mun, and Shatin Parks

Wu Mali is a participatory artist and theorist from Taiwan focusing on the community and its environment.  This is a series of workshops, events and an immersive exhibition to engage the Hong Kong community in dialogue about its country parks and strategies for sustainable living.

Authors:  Chen Yuqi, Li Chen, Liang Xinyi, Wang Zixin, Yin Wen

Different Space, Same Mobility: Maria Hassabi

2016.10.14  Hong Kong

This programme invites New York-based performance artist Maria Hassabi to initiate a series of public flashmobs, workshops and an exhibition in an effort to stir up discussion on the usage of public space and the rhythym of urban life in Hong Kong while contemplating new possibilities in the usage of "transition spaces" such as staircases and passageways.

Authors:  Au Wingnga, Chung Hofai, Leung Lokyiu, Lo Chiming


2016.09.16-27 JCCAC, Sham Shui Po and Mong Kok 

OCCUPATION invites US-based muralist and graffiti artist Maya Hayuk to collaborate with local street artist Esther Poon to celebrate street art, collaboration and occupying public spaces through creating graffiti murals and yarn bombings.  This programme engages female domestic workers in collaboration to continue to bring more colour and diversity to the city streets through reflecting on "occupations" in both the professional and revolutionary senses.

Authors:  Huang Yadi, Sayuri Nagura, Magda Nieduzak, Moses Wong Kinhei

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This is Movement: Tino Seghal

2014.12.12-20  Tamar Park

Berlin-based Tino Sehgal creates what he calls "construted situations"- interactive experiences that involve training interpreters to interact with people in a particular environment.  In this project, a cross-section of society from all ages and backgrounds are invited to walk and converse with people in the occupied area in and around Tamar Park.

Authors: Chen Chengfeng, Hu Yang, Wang Miao, Yang Cheng

City Sparkle: Luzinterruptus

2015.04.01-06  Kubrick Cafe and Meidu Tea House

Luzinterruptus is an anonymous multi-discipline artist group that works with light to highlight unnoticed corners and social issues within the urban environment.  This project invites Luzinterruptus to shine light on the disappearing tea houses of Hong Kong and illuminate the fading cultural vibrancies that have shaped Hong Kong.

Authors: Jiang Xiaoyan, Luo Huanting, Su Xiaonan, Xu Yining

Finding & Fun: Isaac Cordal

2015.11.05-15 Mong Kok

Isaac Cordal is a London-based, Spanish specialist of tiny sculptures engaged with the environment, human emotions and social issues.  This residency incorporates an exhibition, workshop and seminar into the alleys of Mong Kok to inspire Hong Kongers to find art in their daily lives through exploring and appreciating the neglected beauty of ordinary urban spaces.

Authors:  Ding Ruona, Pu Rui, Zhang Xiaoqiao, Li Linhui

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Smelling the Past: Brian Geoltzenleuchter


Brian Geoltzenleuchter is a US-based interdisciplinary artist who creates designed environments and olfactory art. This tour and exhibition programme explores the history and community of Wan Chai through recreating landscapes of smell, contrasting the current visual landscape with a more ambiguous local memory to reignite dialogue on local heritage.

Authors: Chan Tsz Yin Maris, Chow Ching Yee Lucy, Tse Lim Tung Shadow, Wong Sau Man, Wong Ling

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Wearable Foods: Sung Yeonju


2014.04.01-20 Cattle Depot Artists' Village

Sung Yeonju is a Korean artist famed for her "Wearable Foods" portfolio- clothing made of food products. This exhibition and exchange aims to raise awareness of the steadily decreasing farmland in Hong Kong through mirroring their disappearing status in the ephemeral form of clothing in decomposition.

Authors: Huang Minmin, Zhang Ruohan, Wang Siyu, Shen Qian, Zhu Aiwen, Xie Qingyu

The Silent Evolution: Jason deCaires Taylor


2013.06-04-11 Offshore

Jason deCaires Taylor is a pioneer sculptor and diver whose dynamic underwater sculptures are assimilated into the ocean as man-made coral reefs.  His works encourage environmental awareness and marine conservation through integrating man-made works into the ocean's natural beauty.  This installation, screening programme and school tour aims to raise awareness of ocean conservation issues in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta and protect damaged natural coral reefs by diverting tourist attention to these socially-engaged artificial ones.

Authors: Feng Zishan, Qin Qishu, Liu Qing, Huang Xinwei, Ma Xiaohan

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Instructor: Prof. Katrien Jacobs
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