Canal Street Public Art Project with Art Together
December 2015 – March 2016 (tentative)
I was one of the invited artists to create an illustration or comic on history of Causeway Bay to engage in public dialogue. Causeway Bay has more shopping than Shibuya. Its rent higher than Fifth Avenue.* I will make a piece that features the endearing anecdote of a penguin that used to be a regular on Paterson Street.
Un / Cover (Group Exhibition)
G/F & 1/F Koo Ming Kown Exhibition, Gallery Communication and Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University
Tentative Dates 11 – 23 Nov, 2015
I will present an updated version of Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky at this exhibition that features works from current and graduated students of Master of Visual Arts programme, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Polluta: Floating Artist Colony in the Sky
In 2084, Plan Polluta solves China’s pollution issue—industrial waste is condensed into building bricks, and these bricks build green vibrant live/work communities for artists!
My work is comprised of two parts—a printed booklet and a live performance at the Hong Kong-venue of the exhibition. The booklet “Residents’ Guide to Polluta” is a tongue-in-cheek introductory manual for new residents of Polluta. The colony seems too good to be true! The bad news is that it is.
The idea is given an experiential and temporal dimension when I, as the president of the Ministry of Polluta, invite visitors to live entry interviews at the opening night. Interview questions range from practical to ridiculous. The absurdity highlights that of the Polluta project, but more importantly, that of the unacceptable level of pollution Hong Kong and China are putting up with.
Polluta: Floating Artist Colony in the Sky is an extension of my graduation project “Plastic, plastic, every where!”
Theme of exhibition:
The origin of the theme ‘Un / Cover’ stems from our observations of Hong Kong society in recent months. More specifically, the Occupy Movement, which began in theAutumn of 2014 and the profound waves of emotion it triggered throughout society.
During this time many of the typically quiet and reserved residents of Hong Kong made their political views known For many, their views were brought to the fore and made apparent, whilst for others, who were usually adamant and outspoken ;. Their emotions retreated below the surface On both. the personal and societal levels, the people of Hong Kong were questioning their identity, views, and opinions often in dramatic ways.
While Occupy Central may have exacerbated our sensations related to uncovering, the team observed that uncovering is actually a process experienced in our everyday lives, albeit in typically slower and less-volatile ways. ‘Un / Cover’ is therefore intended to be an apolitical theme. It is a broad theme meant to stimulate participating artists and their creativity without be restrictive, thus allowing each member to respond according to the ebb and flow of their own emotional or intellectual experience.
The choice to create a general theme that is not overly prescriptive was a conscious one. Artists, especially young artists need the experience of creating and exhibiting within certain parameters, but not those that are so narrow as to cause a constriction of nascent creative development. Consequently, each of the participating artists will respond to the theme in a way that is open to their own artistic interpretation and experience, but will be hedged to a degree by working alongside Art Administrators who will provide their own expertise in the creation of the exhibition.
Additionally, through working alongside our colleagues from the Art Administration track we will be able to maximise the effect of the exhibition through a sharing of ideas, viewpoints and expertise.Each of us brings to the table a disparate collection of attributes. Through the experience of collectively creating an exhibition we gain a new level of experience that will not only serve us well as our careers in art progress, but the viewing public as well.