2016 Hong Kong Conversations: Out in Front?, 02 Jul 2016 — 02 Jul 2016

2016 Hong Kong Conversations: Out in Front?

1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Conversations is an ongoing series of talks that considers Hong Kong’s art ecology within a wider cultural and socio-political framework.

Hong Kong’s recent socio-political landscape has been charged with overt acts of resistance: from protests against the demolition of the Star Ferry Terminal and Queen’s Pier (2008), to controversy surrounding the relocation of Choi Yuen Village residents for the Guangzhou-Hong Kong high speed rail (2009–10), to the ‘Umbrella Movement’ (2014–15). Often remembered for mass occupation of city streets and moments of violent clashes, these events have given way to various projects and social practices that are being sustained by artists and creative practitioners who continue to reflect on, and respond to, the urgencies relevant to them as citizens.

How does art weave itself with political consciousness? What forms can this interweaving take? What kinds of propositions do they put forward? Developed in collaboration with 2015 AAA resident Ricky Yeung, the 2016 edition of Hong Kong Conversations explores how a new generation of creative practitioners is claiming Hong Kong’s social fabric as a site of practice and potential change through daily acts and small-scaled projects.

Deadline for Registration: 29 Jun 2016 (Wed)
Free Admission

Contact: learn@aaa.org.hk or 2844 1121.


Field Experiments | 10:30am–12:30pm
Collaborative efforts between creative practitioners and local communities are taking various approaches in terms of artistic and social practices—while some highlight the individual’s capacity to realise change, others aspire to building a collective with shared concerns. How do these groups negotiate the ethical implications embedded in their respective contexts and approaches?

Pamela Cheung, workshop leader of HK Neighbirdhood
Patrick Fung, crew member of The Street Store@HK & Sum Siu Restaurant
Kwok Yat Long, designer of Farmer Street Seller
Michael Leung & Flyingpig, members of Kai Fong Pai Dong
Bond Wong, designer of Viet Kieu Ca Phe

Panel Chair: Ricky Yeung, artist and educator
Youth Moderator: Mickey Lee, student of Fine Arts Department, The University of Hong Kong

8-minute Propositions | 2:15–3:45pm
A platform to present artworks by students from eight secondary and tertiary institutions that respond to Hong Kong’s current socio-political climate.

Chan Tsz Him, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School
Cheng Sheung Yee, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College
Cheng Wing Tung, Pooi To Middle School
Francia Racquel Esteban, St. Margaret’s Girls’ College
Fok Hiu Tung, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Lam Wai Yan, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Man Ho Cheung, CCC Mong Man Wai College
Angela Tam, Munsang College

Panel Chair: Ricky Yeung, artist and educator
Youth Moderator: Christy Chow, student of School of Creative Media, The City University of Hong Kong

Independent Voices | 4–7pm
Five emerging creative practitioners/groups stemming from indie music, theatre, filmmaking, printing and publishing gather to discuss how they carved out creative spaces for audiences to engage in independent productions and performances. What does it mean to have an independent practice to these individuals, and why is it necessary? What spaces of expression are they interested in creating for the audiences? The talk also features a screening and performance by several of the speakers.

Lo King Yee, co-founder of Print Studio Ink’chacha
Siuyea, independent filmmaker
Tsui Siu Hong, Creative Director of Tomoto Theatre
Adrian Tsing, founder of Music is Free Foundation
Jeffrey Yeung, founder of online zine store tothepowerofz

Panel Chair: Indy Lee, Head of Performing Arts Education, the Performing Arts Education Centre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Youth Moderator: Sharon Lee, student of Fine Arts Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Contacts & Details
T: +852 2844 1121
M: learn@aaa.org.hk

1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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