How Real is Real?

日期
19/08/2017 (全日) - 02/09/2017 (全日)
地址
Soho Yard
香港中環奧卑利街 19 號地下

關於我們的城市,建築,都市回憶和傳聞。
A tale of our city, architecture, urban memories and legends.

開放時間 Opening hours
每日開放 12:00 - 19:00 daily

開幕酒會 Opening Reception:
08.19.2017 (Sat), 4-8pm

藝術創作 Artwork by
林宰賢 Jae Hyun Lim
勞麗麗 Lo Lai Lai Natalie
彭倩幗 Beatrix Pang
建築大叔 Uncle Architecture
葉建邦 Yip Kin Bon

影像觀感 Video reflection by
鄧詠詩 Cindy Tang

策展 Curated by
陳曉君 Hilda Chan

導賞 Experience tours by
藝們 Altermodernists

登記及詳情 Registration and details
https://goo.gl/f8PWT5

查詢 Enquiry
[email protected]
9770-6355

資助 Supported by
香港藝術發展局 Hong Kong Arts Development Council

場地贊助 Venue Sponsor
Soho Yard

宣傳伙伴 Promotion Partner
藝們 Altermodernists

啤酒提供 Beer Provider
Hong Kong Artisan Brewery

「而自己的城市是一個混亂、寂寞和失落的居住空間。」
胡晴舫:《濫情者》,〈城市〉

聯展「How REAL is real?」集合不同範疇參與者之作品,分別有藝術家、建築 師、平面設計師、教育工作者和藝術行政人員。一眾藝術家及參與者包括陳曉 君、林宰賢、勞麗麗、彭倩幗、鄧詠詩、建築大叔、黃淑賢和葉建邦,他們為 展覽共同投入構思,塑造內容,最後形成一系列作品。

展覽題目「How REAL is real?」取自林宰賢的作品名稱,林氏於不同亞洲城市 進行日常觀察,並以資料搜集的形式識別、擷取和展示一連串零碎片段和細 節。在展覽中,多項作品向我們所身處的都市現實提出暗喻式的疑問。參與者 仔細觀察都市的各個層面、空間、街道小巷、地標和建築形態,還有公園環境 和居民,然後逐一填補都市體驗的空隙,共同塑造地方的意義,並以都市傳奇 的表現手法,建構成一組互相聯繫的存在。

部份作品探討現存都市空間的其他可能性。建築大叔現居台灣,其作品《香港 1⁄4》以深水埗北河街的唐樓為藍本,發展出一個新型粵劇戲棚項目的提案。作 品中,香港成為了一個虛幻場地,而粵劇就是該市文化和身份的重要命脈。作品部份以漫畫形式表現,講述一眾角色準備欣賞粵劇表演的情況;而同時間, 展覽觀眾也在戲棚外的真實場地,欣賞著故事裡的互動。就如建築大叔, 葉建邦也憑藉作品《踢假波》重新界定我們對城市的了解,挑戰都市空間的界限和公共空間的功能。他以仿真草皮製作了一個足球,並在市內不同地點和街道上走踢,當中吊詭之處,在於它們都是不適合踢球的地方。彭倩幗和勞麗麗的作品均為場域特定藝術品,將人與大自然的關係娓娓道來。 彭氏的作品《說再見》是一個關於到香港動植物公園觀察和療傷的經驗,將密 集的都市生活和重返大自然的渴望作出對比。至於勞氏的錄像作品《蕁蔴》, 則以詩意敍述人類與植物的微妙關係和平衡。

「How REAL is real?」結集參與者自構思以來的交流與分享,以展覽的形式進 行各種實驗與嘗試,並將不同崗位的功能調和融合。鄧詠詩的思考錄像《踽踽 獨行之美》以藝術家的實踐和展出作品為靈感,錄像結合訪問、紀錄片和對自 身的反思。藝術團體「藝們」的創辦人黃淑賢,將會帶領進行導賞,她會給予 觀眾多項指示,讓他們能夠親身參與其中,在中環展覽場地一帶干擾日常都市 景象,從而構建嶄新敍述,這些活動在展覽概念和體驗中,均扮演著重要角 色。以上的紀錄片和社區活動,都是今次展覽的核心元素,而非單純的錦上添花。

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“To live in my city is to live with chaos, loneliness and loss.” - Lolita Hu

“How REAL is real?” brings together a group of participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences, such as artists, architects, graphic designers, educators and art managers. The exhibiting artists and participants include Hilda Chan, Jae Hyun Lim, Natalie Lo Lai Lai, Beatrix Pang, Cindy Tang, Uncle Architecture, Elaine Wong and Yip Kin Bon. Collectively, they have contributed to the concept of the exhibition and shaped its content and outcome.
The exhibition takes its title, “How REAL is real?”, from Jae Hyun Lim’s contribution. In his work, he employs an anthological approach: based on his observations in different Asian cities, he identifies and collects everyday fragments of urban life, a selection of which is presented as a part of his work. In the exhibition, this approach becomes a metaphor for questioning the shared reality of urban life. The participants observe different aspects of the city, its spaces, its streets and paths, its landmarks and architectural forms, as well as its parks and inhabitants. They then fill the voids existing in our urban experience, collectively shaping the meaning of place and forming an interconnectivity of consciousness that may take the shape of an urban legend.

Some works explore other potentials of the existing urban space. Currently based in Taiwan, Uncle Architecture’s “Hong Kong 1⁄4” is a plan for an architectural project that integrates a
Cantonese opera theatre into old-fashioned tenement buildings (唐樓) on Pei Ho Street in the Hong Kong district Sham Shui Po. His work imagines a Hong Kong in which Cantonese opera is still an important aspect of the city’s culture and identity. A part of it is presented in the format of a comic strip in which the characters are getting ready to watch a Cantonese opera performance. In this way, the visitors to the exhibition become an audience watching an audience watching a play. Like Uncle Architecture, Yip Kin Bon attempts to redefine our understanding of the city. He challenges the restrictions we place on urban life and the func- tions we assign to public space. In his work “Football cheats”, the artist kicks a football made of synthetic grass across streets and at other places in the city where ball games are not supposed to be played.

Both Beatrix Pang and Natalie Lo Lai Lai contribute site-specific works that deal with the relationship between man and nature.
. Alluding to the theme of captivity, her work contrasts the density of urban life with the wish to return to nature. Using a narrative approach, Lo’s poetic work “Urticaria Bite” explores the subtle relationship and delicate balance between humans and plants.

“How REAL is real?” is the result of conversations and sharing sessions among the partici- pants that have taken place since the preparation stage. The purpose of this process was to experiment with functions, roles and activities within the context of an exhibition. An ex- ample for this is Cindy Tang’s contribution “Walk alone to find your ground”, a hybrid work that examines and comments on the practices of the participating artists and their exhibited works. Based on interviews with the artists in which they share their experience, Tang’s presentation combines documentation and her personal reflections on self and being. In what can be called narrative happenings, Elaine Wong, the founder of the art exploration group Altermodernists, will lead experience tours through the area around the exhibition venue in Central, offering instructions to participants and allowing them to actively interfere with the urban environment. These activities are an essential part of the concept of the ex- hibition and the way it is experienced. In the same way, documentation and outreach are essential elements of the exhibition rather than just additions.

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