Decongestants for West-Kowloonization is a long-term art project, driven by artistic practices. It will take place on the second Friday evening, in every other month, at public or semi-public space within Kowloon West. These micro guerilla art activities will attempt to safeguard Hong Kong’s local civilization, to promote local cultural characteristics and to develop the one (green) belt and one (pedestrians’) road for the locals. Participating artists are encouraged to make art in public area, while the public is welcome to appreciate art outside the designed zone of West-Kowloonization. Besides, interactive participation, collaboration and discussion are all encouraged. There will be a particular theme for each “Decongestant.” The series of art activities each time will showcase the subtle but powerful energy in art making and will directly exhibit the artistic ideas to the visitors, in order to open up the scoop under West-Kowloonization.
Artists usually are quite used to be asked: “why are you thinking so much?” However, they may not be comfortable to hear, “Why don’t you think?” Perhaps, I think therefore I am. Contemporary artists in Hong Kong nowadays probably know very well they are amongst this group of “thinking beings.” When it is still legal to “think,” we should take this opportunity to joyfully share more our thoughts with everyone in this city.
The first “Decongestant” will be launched on 10th June, 2016 (Fri) from 7pm to 8:30pm, under the theme about “Soil・Play.” Invited artists will respond to this theme, through their on-site art pieces. Audience is welcome to visit, to observe, to make his/her own works in response, to share, to discuss etc. There will be a photography and video documentation during the happening event, for a documentation exhibition afterward, in order to allow more audience members to have a better overview of all the art activities.
Artists + Documentary Partners:
Chan Pui Leng (Peggy) +Yung Chi Hau Edwood
Yu Wing Kei (Rik) + Tang Wing Sze (Cindy)＋Chak Ka Yi
Cheung Choi Sung (Samson) + Tse Chun Sing + Brian Yiu
Man Mei To + Wong Chun Hoi
Doreen Chan + Cheung Chi Lock