【 Of Transience, Encounters and Endless Enigma 】
10 January 2020 – 9 February 2020
1a space proudly presents Of Transience, Encounters and Endless Enigma, a contemporary art exhibition featuring four selected Hong Kong emerging artists from 1a space’s Emerging Talents in Contemporary Art - Part 2: Young Artist Incubator Initiative (Hong Kong). It is an artist nurturing program while the selected artists joined regular meetings with professional art practitioners from 1a space’s board and curatorial panel for ideas and experiences exchange from September to December 2019. This exhibition sum up their learning experiences with 1a space.
Of Transience, Encounters and Endless Enigma is the world of city dwellers caught in between now and then, where they acquaint with strangeness and familiarity. In the immersive dream-like space, the audience linger in undefined psychic and emotional ruptures at the boundaries of the imagined, illusional and memories.
Intuon Chau and Ho Tze Chun Billy approach nature as a shared subject with their unique techniques and aesthetics. Chau's practice is a process of approaching materiality and spirituality. She works with text, sound and installation, to reflect her emotions and thoughts towards the ocean. Ho relieves the annoyance from busy life with the weightlessness in the materials, and his repetitive coloring process that turns paper into pieces of ocean with wave-like wrinkles.
Florence Lam and Elaine Wong shared a common interest in existential condition, yet reflect with different strategies. Through her opening performance and video installation, Lam works with wonder and magical thinking to fuse together current moral issues with child-like world views. Wong unwinds and entangles the manifolds of daily encounters and inner conditions. Her immersive audio-visual installations transduce the oscillations between body, material and space.
The exhibition includes paintings, sound, video installations and performances inside 1a Space and the outdoor area, to create a dynamic territory that evolves in time that uncovers the obscure realities of the past, present and the future beneath the facade of urban existence.
Of Transience, Encounters and Endless Enigma
Opening Reception: 10 January 2020, 6:30pm
Exhibition Period: 11 January 2020 – 9 February 2020
Time: Tuesdays to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)
Venue: 1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
1. Artist Performance : “Étude”
Date: 10 January 2020
Starting location: Outside of Cattle Depot Artist Village main entrance
Ending location: Cattle Depot Artist Village outdoor space
2. Artists Guided Tour
Date: 12 January 2020
3. Artists Performance : “Line Drawing Practice”
Date: 19 January 2020
“Line Drawing Practice” is an improvisation representing the present expression by drawing and sound. On the white salt field, using the found object of palm leaf to draw with the consciousness in the present. Through the action to feel and understand the movement of body and the flow of inner emotions.
4. Artists Talk
Date: 9 February 2020
Artist Speakers：Florence Lam，Ho Tze Chun Billy，Intuon Chau，Elaine Wong
About The Emerging Talents in Contemporary Art
1a space aims to provide young and emerging curator and artists a platform and resources for implementing conceptual and experimental art project. The Emerging Talents in Contemporary Art encourages local and international talents with curatorial guidance, training and advice to help actualize their artistic project. To enhance reginal and international idea exchange and dialogues, the project will be divided into two parts to engage with talents from different part of the world. Projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats will be encouraged.
With the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning, the program provides deserving curatorial talent or curatorial team/ artist or artist group a platform and necessary resources to realize an innovative and experimental project to fill the gap between larger public institutions and commercial ventures. The aim of this curatorial residency programme is to promote arts in Hong Kong with international collaborations and to enhance international curatorial research in Hong Kong. Part 2: Young Artist Incubator Initiative (Hong Kong) is an artist nurturing program while the selected artists joined regular meetings with professional art practitioners from 1a space’s board and curatorial panel for ideas and experiences exchange from September to December 2019. This exhibition sums up their learning experiences with 1a space.
Participating 1a space’s members (in alphabetical order)
Chang Ping Hung Wallace
Choi Yan Chi
Chung Wai Ian
Ho Kin Chung Louis
Ng Ka Chun
About the Artist (in alphabetical order)
Florence Lam, born in 1992 in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in Hong Kong, is currently based between Hong Kong and Düsseldorf, Germany. Lam works with wonder and magical thinking to fuse together current moral issues with child-like world views through performance art, poetry, video and sound. She obtained her MA Fine Art from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2017 and her BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2014.
Lam has performed around Europe and Asia, including Nanhai Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan 2019); Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (Japan 2019), MACRO Testattio Mattatoio Art Museum (Rome, Italy 2018), Kling & Bang (Reykjavík, Iceland 2018), Manifesta 11 (Zürich, Switzerland 2016) etc. Art festivals include A! Performance Festival (Akureyri, Iceland 2019), YUP Festival (Osnabrück, Germany 2019), ZABIH Performance Festival (Lviv, Ukraine 2019), Reykjavík Arts Festival (Rey-kjavík, Iceland 2019), Performance Platform Lublin (Lublin, Poland 2017), Sequences Art Festival (Reykjavík, Iceland 2017), Performance Art Bergen Open (Bergen, Norway, 2017) etc.
Ho Tze Chun Billy
Ho Tze Chun Billy is an artist and an art teacher. He established his own studio "Seika Studio" in 2017 and he is one of the co-founder.
Ho earned his Bachelor's degree in 2016 through the Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in Visual Art. He obtained an Education Diploma in Visual Arts through the Hong Kong Baptist Uni-versity the same year.
The theme of his painting is mainly about fragments of everyday life, such as fragrance of lilies, grasses along the side of the road and moments gazing at the sea next to piers. Through observ-ing these ordinary pieces, He try to discover the relationship between him and the meaning of their existence and by such, he hope he could raise the audience's reflection for things that are long been accustomed, and bring out the contrast of something "so close and yet so far".
Recently, he keeps looking for new materials for his creations. He has a special bonding with ma-terials that are light and thin. In his opinion, he believes a light artwork is able to isolate himself from the pressure among society, and so he can stay away from the hustle and bustle. During soaking and drying light and thin materials mentioned above, he needs to pay all his attention to his creations, and by such he can gain a recess for his mind to calm himself down.
Having received a BFA in fine art from RMIT University, and studied fine art at Hong Kong Art School. Intuon’s art practice is experiencing perceptions on the sense of seeing and listening, with paintings and sound compositions. The practice is a process of approaching materiality and spirituality through considering the subject of identity, nature, emotion and material. She mostly uses painting, text, sound, and found-object into her works, by expressing specific contents and perspectives to reflect on emotions and thoughts. She began exploring the possibilities of listen-ing since 2017. In 2018, Intuon was invited to participant in “Sound Forms 2018”, a festival of multichannel sound which was co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Contemporary Musiking’s (CMHK). After she graduated, in September 2019, she collaborated with two per-formers producing an improvisation with contemporary dance, traditional Chinese instrument, Nanyin, and sound. In the same year, she was selected to participate in the “Young Artist Incuba-tor Initiative” art programme organised by 1a Space. And she was invited to join the exhibitions and programs related to art, visual, and sound.
Wong lives and based in Hong Kong. She received her Master of Fine Art (Creative Media) from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong in 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. With a background in painting, she explores and unveils the manifolds of daily encounters and inner conditions. She regards her practice as an investigation of the potentials of art beyond representation, its rela-tion to sensation, documentation and experience. Her interest in the experiential quality of works leads her to engage in experiments with videography, sound and installations.
Her works have been shown in Hong Kong and international art spaces; including the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (2018), Hong Kong Education Museum (2018), Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (2018), Oi! Street Art Space (2017), EXIS Korea (2017), and Poland Szczecin European Film Festi-val (2017). She was one of the selected artists for the Art- Uni-On (AUO) Artist Mentoring Pro-gram (2017) in Korea, and was awarded a scholarship from Hong Kong Art Centre to attend the Culture, Graphic Design and Fine Arts program in New York School of Visual Arts (2013).
Elaine is also the founder of Altermodernists, an independent art group that is devoted to the documentation of artists’ creative processes and promote visual arts in Hong Kong.
Man Wong, Kendra Koh, Tim Löhde
Participatory Public Lab: To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room Project Exhibition
8th May – 31st May 2020, 1a space
1a space proudly presents Participatory Public Lab: To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room, an exhibition traces the interactive journey of the To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room and its neighbourhood in the past 3 years. Ranging from Observation on the community's needs, Intervention and Spatial imagination, Sharing the possibility of a co-living style to the Constructing design ideas, the project aims to empower the local neighbourhood by providing resources to support participants to design their own public space. Like an untamed and thriving river, the exhibition will showcase streams of thought by different shareholders in the project including local community members, architects and district council members, etc. With the means of hosting multiple activities, workshops, focus groups by local communities and more, while conflicts and mediations occur and digest regularly, the project aims to create a methodology of community and urban planning while everyone in the community can participate cohesively.
About the exhibition
To Kwa Wan is an old district full of surprises. Regardless of the aged monuments and historic legacy, the most valuable part hides in the streets and alleys while you can feel the hospitality and warm-hearted atmosphere in the neighborhood. Pakistani neighbors having meals and chitchatting at the doorstep of a tuck shop, an old grandpa taking a stroll under the eaves, a newlywed couple enjoying a family afternoon on a park bench with their daughter in a baby cart, domestic helpers gathering at the open space near the tarred road on the weekend, just to name a few, are enriched with the spirit of the district's historical past and the deep connections between the public space and the people of To Kwa Wan.
Could these public spaces serve as an effective venue for interaction between different communities? Does the existing facilities and hardware sufficient enough to support the needs for all? Could people with diverse backgrounds of ethnicities, class, age, gender and more raise a voice on the urban planning together? How to create and facilitate more possibilities of community participation in public space?
This exhibition showcases the experimental result of the To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room in the past three years – Handmade furniture made by the neighborhood, commissioned shutter artworks at local stores inspired by community tales and traditions, constructing design proposal by collaboration with architects and district councilor, etc. Meanwhile, the exhibition invited four local artists to interpret the process and imagination of social-involvement design. Carmen Ng creates a community map to showcase the interactive journey of the project with the community and local neighborhood; Tse Chun Sing’s sound installation demonstrates the needs and thoughts of the local community; Jimmy Lee reproduces the interaction between the neighborhood and their creation through photography; Fiona Lee uses oyster shell in her sound installation to present the breaking-in period between different voices and conversations in the design process and how it sparks and nurtures further improvements. The exhibition will also reconstruct a game of ‘virtual space’ allowing the audiences to explore the logical path as a community designer and to understand the crucial process of community participation.
Participatory Public Lab: To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room Project Exhibition
Exhibition: 8 May to 31 May 2020
Time: Tuesdays to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm; closed on Mondays
Address: 1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,
To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Carmen Ng, graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, a Hong-Kong based contemporary watercolorist and ink painter who renders her complex, city-inspired dreams in vivid and delightful detail on paper. She was awarded the distinguished print award in the 29th Hong Kong Print Award in 2017 for her book project ‘Illustrated Map of Hong Kong 18 Districts’.
Born in Hong Kong, Fiona Lee's works of art are derived from the intersection between installation and improvisation performance. Listening creates an important connection between Fiona and the world; this is when she feels the movement of every single moment. She believes her art creations represent the progress she is making in exploring and accepting her own and others' possibilities. Her performance integrated with built-up electronics and DIY sound objects, in order to create a new experience in the space with musicians & audience.
Lee’s installations and performance have featured at a number of art festivals, including Playfreely festival (Singapore,2019),Intersection In MidAir(Hong Kong ,2019), ART CAMP TANGO 2017(Japan), ifva Carnival 2016(Hong Kong),Around Sound Art Festival 2014 (Kyoto, Japan), Transi(en)t Manila Project Glocal 2014 (Manila,Philippines) Asian Meeting Festival 2016(Japan), Kill the Silence festival(Hong Kong).
Jimmy Lee is a University part-time lecturer, art space officer, visual art practitioner and documentary photographer Lee's practice comes across documentary and experimental narrative. He started his photographic practice in a Hong Kong-based newspaper as a photographer during his time in higher education, after that he pursued the MFA in the UK. He sets out to discover the possibility of documentary photography, to expand its horizons and to work with projects that convey his personal concerns. He currently serves 1a space in the title of Program Officer.
Tse Chun Sing
Tse Chun Sing’s art explores possibilities in the often unnoticed daily objects or events, and presents the intriguing relationships through installations. With a passion for sounds, he explores various sounds and presents his imaginations and discoveries in his artworks.
He obtained a bachelor degree from The Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017. He recently held a solo, Out of Focus, at PMQ, Hong Kong in 2020. Also, he shortlisted for 23th and 24th ifva Awards Media Art Category in 2018 and 2019, and residency at Centre A, Vancouver in 2018.
Working team from To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room
George Yuen, Him Lui & Hans Chan
To Kwa Wan Dining Room Project is led by a social worker, an ordinary housewife and a word-lover, who are interested in exploring the relationship between resident and public space. Regardless of inexperience in curation, they strive to organize different kinds of activities to encourage residents' involvement in community development so as to raise their sense of belonging in the community.
Chung Wai Ian
Hong Kong based artist. Chung Wai-Ian received her BA from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009. She works with sculpture and installation. She concerns space and habit in human living situation and explores the contradiction in daily culture. Her works have been invited to be presented in exhibitions including “Both Sides Now - Somewhere between Hong Kong and the UK” in Osage (HK, 2014), “Macau city Festival -Parade in Inner Harbour” (Macau, 2011), “Walking to Canton X Canton Canton” in Fei Gallery (Guangzhou, China, 2010). In 2013, she has invited to participate in a residence program “ [en]counters 2013: powerPLAY” organized by ArtOxygen, India.
About St. James' Settlement
Founded in 1949, St. James' Settlement is a non-governmental charitable organization in Hong Kong with more than 70 years of history. It provides high quality and comprehensive services to meet the diverse needs of our society, including rehabilitation, youth, family and counselling, continuing care and supports community development. With more than 60 service units across Hong Kong, SJS supports individuals to help themselves and to help others by enabling them to discover their potential and values. With the support of the government and sponsors, SJS’s carries out its mission by leading innovative projects such as "Viva Blue House" Conservation & Revitalization of Blue House Cluster Scheme and To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room.
About To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room
Supported by the Urban Renewal Fund, To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room started to serve in the district from 2017. It aims to raise the sense of belonging of people in the community through a range of activities and workshops. While observing the quality and needs of public spaces, groups are formed by residents and architects to reinvent these spaces in the community. All stakeholders join hands to improve facilities in the district, while more residents are drawn to participate in various community activities.
About Curatorial Partner
1a space, founded in 1998, is an independent, non-profit making contemporary visual art organization and art venue founded by a collective of Hong Kong artworkers. It aims to promote the critical dissemination of contemporary visual arts practices and affiliated artforms through 1a space programme drawn from Hong Kong and international arena. The operation funding of 1a space has been supported by grants and donations. 1a space's administration cost is partially supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
St. James' Settlement
To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room
Urban Renewal Fund
The Working Group of To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room Collaboration Platform
The Resident Group of To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room
Making On Loft
Wheel thing Makers
Notre Dame College
Pooi To Middle School
CCC Kei To Secondary School
SKH Tsoi Kung Po Secondary
St. Teresa Secondary School
Shun Tak Fraternal Association Seaward Woo College
The YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
Chung Wai Ian
Ng Ka Chun
Or Wai Wai
Tse Chun Sing
Wong Wing Tong