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𝑬.𝑪𝑶 𝑹𝒐𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂

Human Landscape - Performing Harmony

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Project Overview

The 𝑬.𝑪𝑶 𝑹𝒐𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂 project, organised by the Department of Architecture, HKU and co-presented by 1a space. An array of exciting and valuable public programmes will be launched this summer.

 

The 𝑬.𝑪𝑶 𝑹𝒐𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂 Project is rooted in the advocacy of local rural cultural revitalisation through a ‘humanistic landscape strategy’. Integrating architecture, conservation, and culture with the innovative concept ‘Human Landscape – Performing Harmony’, it explores and presents a sustainable living legacy collaboratively maintained by villagers and citizens. 

 

Driven by a commitment to cultural heritage and continuous growth, the project has selected Yim Tin Tsai Village in Sai Kung. A bamboo rotunda is constructed in the rural as a place to foster a rich humanistic atmosphere through traditional bamboo craftsmanship, music, art, and other forms of expression. 

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*This is a membership-only event, anyone who registers successfully will become a member automatically.

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Human Landscape

 

‘Human Landscape’ is the idea of integrating the indigenous landscape with local culture, where humans perform activities according to their natural preferences. 

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In our modern era, the city has grown to a scale intertwined with many complexities. The initial intention of settlements, where a community of people was willing to stay together for the common good, has become latent, posing significant challenges for our communities. 

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The local rural culture relies on the territories of lands or waters that, in return, nurture the community. This cultivates the total environment that demonstrates the inseparable relationships between the community living, further empowering settlers with physical, cultural, and psychological attachments. 

 

Oriented by initiatives to revitalise local rural culture, the ‘human-landscape strategy’ aims to identify the indigenous landscape incorporated with cultural meanings in the architectural form of the E.CO Bamboo Rotunda to explore and showcase how villagers and citizens may join forces to cultivate a sustainable living heritage. 

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Bamboo-Place-People Harmony

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Bamboo groves can be seen everywhere on Yim Tin Tsai island, which was once cultivated as ‘Fung Shui Wood’ to help protect the villagers in past adverse conditions. Through a long history, the local relationship between 'bamboo’, ‘place’ and ‘people’ has become much closer than what we perceive today.

 

‘Bamboo’, apart from its symbolic meaning of resilience and character among Chinese, is a renewable and natural material applied commonly to realise eco-friendly and sustainable architecture. Local settlers of Yim Tin Tsai village also made these bamboo tools as a tradition to facilitate their agricultural or salt farming activities. Villagers’ idea of relying on renewable resource while protecting environment underpins the sustainable development of the local human landscape.

 

Upon the unique ‘place’ - Yim Tin Tsai natural landscape, we constructed the E.CO Bamboo Rotunda through an integration of the traditional craftsmanship translated by bamboo master in Hong Kong and the contemporary design concept toward collaborative place-making, to create a social-ecological platform for inheriting the craftsmanship together with relevant culture. Initiated from the bamboo construction, E.CO Bamboo Rotunda targets to motivate ‘people’ joining forces on rediscovery and co-management of the Yim Tin Tsai landscape.

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With inseparable bamboo-place-people relationship building up newly, we look for local rural culture’s sustainable strategy wherein the human-nature ‘harmony’ could be achieved. We hope the story of E.CO Bamboo Rotunda driving people to reconnect with place and nature would continue to enrich the Yim Tin Tsai culture locally, even if a time comes when the E.CO Bamboo Rotunda is no longer standing onsite.

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Organiser: Department of Architecture, HKU
Co-presenter: 1a space
Sponsor: HKU Azalea (1972) Endowment Fund
Supporting Organisation: Yim Tin Tsai Rural Committee, The Salt & Light Preservation Centre

Collaborators: Bamboo Master Chan Yuk Kwong, Bamboo Generations

Honourable consultant: Anna Kwong (Conservation Expert)

Social Media: Instagram, @e.corotunda, Facebook E.CO Rotunda 竹 . 地 . 人 . 和

Event Registration: Eventbrite

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Bamboo Rotunda

 

The Bamboo Rotunda has finally been completed after efforts from all sides. We recorded the construction process of the Bamboo Rotunda early on and wanted to share this wonderful moment with you. Once again, we thank Master Chan and his working team, Bamboo Rotunda architect Haynie Sze, as well as the facilitators of ‘Bamboo Generations’ and the workshop participants for their dedicated efforts in completing the Bamboo Rotunda. 

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Design Concept (PDF)

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Construction Process

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Island Map

 

The Bamboo Rotunda is located in a coastal area. It only takes about 5 – 10 minutes to travel from Yim Tin Tsai Pier. Participants can refer to the route map to get to the Bamboo Rotunda, explore Yim Tim Tsai's natural landscape, and participate in an array of fruitful events and activities.

 

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Upcoming Art Event(s)

 

Bamboo Hydrophone: The tones of the sea

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Bamboos's waterproof characteristic is well used as tools to guide from time to time. They are also the raw materials of different kinds of flute, with its tunnel-shape. We are going to explore the possibility of bamboo, as the waves collector, as crafting bamboo into the volume of a hydrophone. In the practise of filed recording, we listen to the harmony from sea waves and bamboo in Yim Tin Tsai, and record the resonance from the tools and human.

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Workshop Details:

Time|13 July 2024 10:30 – 16:00(Lunch Time: 13:00 – 14:30)

Location|The Yim Tin Tsai Village, Sai Kung

Language|Cantonese

Total Fees|HKD 350 per person(Ferry Tickets are included)

Duration|5.5 hours​​

 

Artist Information: AK Kan Hei-Chun

AK Kan Hei-chun is a Hong Kong sound artist and field recordist. Graduated in 2017 from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts, majoring in Sound System Design. He actively involves in theatre and creative arts activities.

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He started his curatorial project - AK IN KK - Nature Field Recording HK (https://akinkk.com) in 2018, a sound recording project featuring a sound map and sound library of Hong Kong’s nature, in bringing mountains and streams to the urban ears; He utilizes the sound of nature and shapes listening experience as his core creative tool. He is also the Hong Kong regional representative of Quiet Parks International promoting #SaveQuiet in our environment.

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If Interested, Register Here

 

Music in Bamboo

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Workshop Details:

Time|27 July 2024 12:30 – 15:30

Location|The Yim Tin Tsai Village, Sai Kung

Language|Cantonese

Total Fees|HKD 300 per person (Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Yim Tin Tsai and an Angklung are included)​​

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Session 1: Listen to the Bamboo - A Guided Tour and Ensemble of World Bamboo Musical Instruments

Duration|1 hour 15 minutes

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In the tranquil and natural environment of the Yim Tin Tsai Eco-Bamboo Pavilion, let's open our ears and listen to the sounds of the world.

Hinson, the owner of Hong Kong's niche musical instrument store, Museek Studio, will share his collection of bamboo instruments gathered from around the globe. Discover how different cultures have used bamboo to create captivating sounds. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the overtone flute. We'll explore breathing exercises, mindful meditation, and how to create harmony with others through the music of bamboo, achieving a sense of unity between bamboo, earth, people, and harmony on Yim Tin Tsai.

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Session 2: Architecture. Lyricist. - I Will Write a Song for You

Duration|1 hour 15 minutes

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Everyone's story deserves to be heard. If you could choose, whose life story would you want to hear? Share your own story and transform it into a song.

Architect and lyricist, Amy, and singer-songwriter, Tai Jai, will share their experiences of drawing inspiration from diverse life stories to create popular music. Join us on the tranquil island of Yim Tin Tsai, listen to the artists' sharing, and contemplate how you would write your own song, "My Song."

 

Artist Information:

Hinson Lo

Founder of Museek Studio, a niche musical instrument store in Hong Kong | Senior Yoga Instructor

Facebbok : museekstudiohk

IG : museekstudiohk

A 10-year yoga and mindfulness instructor. Designer of the overtone flute breathing exercise workshop, he has led over a hundred people in similar activities. He has organized numerous outdoor musical instrument appreciation and mindfulness events, partnering with entities including the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Arts Centre, PMQ, M+, Youth Association, Bank of East Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, lululemon, as well as various primary, secondary schools, universities, and NGOs.

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Amy Chan

Facebbok : architectpoet 建築詞人

IG : channgayin2012

 "Architectural Poet" an Architect who enjoys writing lyrics and slasher in different fields.

Her lyric pieces include "Bee Mad", "The Sense of Ritual", "Walking Through Wan Chai with You", "Our Song of Songs", etc. Her publications include "The Egg of Hong Kong - Dialogue between Architecture and People", "Poetry Collection for the End of the World". She is a columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal, 40 Under 40 Award. Her involvement in exhibitions includes the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture "Urban Stranger - City, Outsider, Wanderer", REVEAL 1 & 2 Exhibition  "Wandering Poet", "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day", and her solo poetry and photography exhibition "I Will Write a Poem for You -  the End of the World".

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Arttry ThaiJai

Singer-songwriter and music producer.

Facebbok : Arttry Thaijai Choi

IG : arttry.thaijai

Born and raised in Hong Kong as a second-generation Thai, he was once a singer under an entertainment label. In 2017, he left Hong Kong to serve in the military in Thailand. During his service, he did not forget his passion and continued to create music. After returning to Hong Kong in 2019, he released several original songs as an independent singer-songwriter, taking charge of the composition, lyrics, arrangement, recording, and production himself. His works include "Kiss Me & Goodbye" ,"Bee Mad" ,"The Sense of Ritual", etc.

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If Interested, Register Here

 

The Eye of the Witness, The Pen of the Nature - Stop-motion Video and Alternative Film Processing Workshop

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𝑬.𝑪𝑶 𝑹𝒐𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂 will collaborate with artist Selina Lo to present our sixth art workshop: “The Eye of the Witness, The Pen of the Nature - Stop-motion Video and Alternative Film Processing Workshop”. Let's anticipate the vibrant colours and unique patterns that will emerge when we blend film development chemicals with natural elements from Yim Tin Tsai's surroundings, initiating a series of chemical reactions that will leave their mark on the film images!

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Workshop Details:

Time|27 July 2024 12:30 – 15:30

Location|The Yim Tin Tsai Village, Sai Kung

Language|Cantonese

Total Fees|HKD 300 per person (Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Yim Tin Tsai and an Angklung are included)
Duration|5 hour 45 minutes
*No photography experience required; participants will receive digital photos and film after the workshop.

 

About the Artist - Selina Lo

Selina Lo is a visual artist based in Hong Kong. She graduated from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, then received her Master of Arts degree in Literary and Cultural Studies in The University of Hong Kong. Her works primarily utilize video and photography as mediums, incorporating text, sound, everyday materials, and their traces into nonlinear narrative diaristic video work, to explore the reconstruction of bodily memory and the possibility to evoke involuntary memories. Lo's video works have also been screened and exhibited in places such as Hong Kong, Seoul, and Los Angeles.

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If Interested, Register Here

Past Art Events

 

Workshop: Bamboo Chair - DIY Creativity
 

Unleash your creativity and create your unique bamboo chair with Bamboo Generations in this valuable workshop! Don’t miss this incredible workshop if you are interested in making furniture and crafts!

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