“E-pathy City” Part 2-Dec 08, 2016

Co-organised by Oi! and Urban Place Research Unit of School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

“E-pathy City” is an experiment to explore the interrelation of Empathy, Art, Green issue and Elderly. Since July 2015, we will organise a series of workshops at Oi! and its vicinity to explore the over-arching concept of “Empathy City”, which is presumably a utopian state of the social imagination where mutual understanding and genuine communication between different social groups are enabled by the vicarious experience of the feelings of one another. Participants will be challenged to reflect and search for the ideal intra-city relations, favorable social conditions and available means to construct and incubate an empathy city. It aims at exercising our “empathy” muscle, stretching our extended imagination and affiliation, to build our capacity to empathize.

The project is unfolded by three phases, 1. Introduction and Interaction; 2. Intervention and Interflow; 3. Integration and Innovation.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Over the years, the changes of the society and other sociology-economical factors affect the definition and operation of art spaces as well as its relationship with the community. Conflicts between different generations and communities occurs constantly. With the rapid growth of art spaces recently, the target audience and its relationship with the community were also be redefined and reconstructed. Workshops are designed with creative characteristic of the community to initiate participants to understand their neighborhood with a different perspective. From arts and creative approach, we will discover the possibilities and imagination of intergenerational and intercommunal communication.

Online Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/itgBY2te9wkqb6UK2

Event 1 : Be an city archeologist - Rubbing Workshop

A milestone is one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road or boundary at intervals to indicate the distance in miles from a specific point. They are typically located at the side of the road or in a median. In another word, it represents a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or a turning point of a person.

Participants of Workshop (1) will go for a tour at the old neighborhood of To Kwa Wan to find the milestone in the city. To record the millstone, participants will learn the technique of rubbing and use color materials to copy the pattern on the surface of the milestone. To duplicate the words or patterns found on the milestone is a common practice for archeologist to preserve and manage the identity of a place and understand the social life of our ancestors. To review the historical monuments of our city, it signifies our appreciation to the past and enrich our knowledge to our urban development. Participants then will bring the pattern to Oil Street and further develop it into an artwork. It also signifies the past constructing our future.

Tutor: Pang Chek-Ying
Art Facilitator, working mostly on collage, printmaking and drawing.
Her conceptual perspective is based on observing herself and the episodic memories & traces found in daily culture. Recently like taking ferries and looking at the sea.
Website: http://angel46.weebly.com/

Date: 18.12.2016 (Sun)
Time: 14:00-17:00
Quota: 15
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!

Event 2: Complexion of the city – Fabric Dyeing Workshop

A stone, a leaf or a piece of flower petal could be the raw materials for art creation. In this workshop, participants will learn to see the city with a different perspective and cherish the environment by creating an environmental friendly lifestyle. Participants will first collect materials at Cattle Depot Artist Village at To Kwa Wan, and take a ferry journey to North Point Oil!. Participants will create environmental friendly ink with those collectable objects and hand dye a cotton cloth, adding value to these leftovers in the concrete jungle. The skill of fabric dyeing is a traditional craftsmanship and the fabric dyeing industry of Hong Kong is almost faded away. To learn a traditional art skill with pick-up materials from the city, it signifies the appreciation of the past and create a second life for the bits and pieces of the city.

Tutor: To Hok Chi
Technical director of natural dye brand " Indigo 11.50" , full time professional natural dyer among all the new ages . By renovate the image of indigo dye , To Hok Chi aimed to overview the human relationship in the mass production , to explore is there are loss and grain during the industrialization process.

Date: 31.12.2016 (Sat)
Time: 14:00-17:00
Quota: 15
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!

Event 3: Constructing our city – Sculpture Making Workshop

After the restoration of the declared historical monuments, both Oi! in North Point and Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan transformed into art projects. The architectures themselves also carry loads of historical meanings with very similar architectural characteristics. Participants of workshop 3 will create a sculpture with the red bricks from Cattle Depot Artist Village, and carry the sculpture to Oil!. Participants will then add concrete into the sculpture and create a memorable object combining the two places’ architectural spirits. The workshop will introduce modelling techniques and develop observational skills.

Date: 7.1.2017 (Sat)
Time: 09:00-12:00
Quota: 15
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!

Event 4: From the past to present – Dialogue between artists from different generation

Founders of art spaces which aims in developing community arts from different generations will be invited to share the rationale, visions and positioning of their art space. The relationship and possibilities between public spaces, art spaces and the community will be discussed.

Potential speakers were invited from :
- HK House of Stories (香港故事館)
- chingchun warehouse (青春工藝)
- SoIL (Society for Indigenous Learning, 鄉土學社)
- Pitt Street 18 (碧街18號)
- Mapopo Community Farm (馬寶寶社區農場)
- Ng tung River(梧桐河藝術節)

Date: 14.1.2017 (Sat)
Time: 14:00-17:00
Speakers: 3 to 5
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!

Event 5: Exhibition

Artworks created from the workshop 1 to workshop 3 will be display at Activity Room 2, Oi!.

Date: 17.12.2016 (Sat) - 14.1.2017 (Sat)
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!

Event 6: Closing ceremony of the workshops’ participants

Participants will be invited to join the exhibition closing and share their feeling and experiences with the public.

Date: 14.1.2017 (Sat)
Time: 14:00-17:00
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!