”Our Bones are Made of Starlight” Exhibition Opening 《星光堆砌的我們 》展覽開幕

日期
23/03/2018 -
18:30 - 21:00
24/03/2018 - 11:00 - 06/05/2018 - 19:00
地址
1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon

《星光堆砌的我們》展覽

開幕酒會:2018年3月23日晚上6時半
展期:2018年3月24日-2018年5月6日
展覽開放時間:逢星期二至日上午11時至晚上7時正; 逢星期一休息
地點:香港九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道63號牛棚藝術村14號「1a空間」
查詢: 25290087/ [email protected]
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1a空間榮譽呈獻當代藝術展《星光堆砌的我們》,本次展覽由視覺藝術家暨策展人胡智騰策展,參展藝術家包括了當代藝術家Desiree Holman、Fernanda D'Agostino、方璐、 Ranu Mukherjee和藝術組織Mail Order Brides(MOB)中的Reanne Estrada、Eliza Barrios、Jenifer Wofford。胡智騰是次展覽"Our Bones are made of Starlight" 為1a空間2018年度主辦的《21世紀藝術培育計劃-公開招募策展人》的獲選計劃。

本展覽展出七位女性藝術家的新媒體及行為藝術作品。她們分別來自三藩市、洛杉磯和北京。藝術作品包括多個不同媒體包括多頻道影片裝置 (multi-channel video installation) 、混種電影動畫 (hybrid-film animation) 、藝術作為社會實踐(social practice) 和手製作品。這些作品旨在探究與質疑民俗學與資本主義下的性別歧視,探討包容與排斥在文化演進中的轉變,以嘗試重新定義「愛」與「失」的風俗,並重新展望對未來科技烏托邦的想象。

要重構我們的文化神話是為了表達現今全球秩序中的不公。透過加入幽默、超現實的地點及夢幻的服裝,本次展覽的作品利用社會對全球資本主義的不滿作為創作的原料。正如策展人所言:「這個時代被先進的科技應允著烏托邦的生活,卻只得到崩塌的精神創傷。這個展覽希望能為他們重塑一個希望。」這個展覽是關於推理性的虛構;它希望為陳舊的民間敘事、厭女情緒的神話及我們對科技的期望構造一個新的故事。

另外, 觀眾將會觀賞到由Mail Order Brides (M.O.B)-三位菲律賓裔美國藝術家組成(包括Jenifer K Wofforf, Eliza Barrios和 Reanne Estrada)的藝術團體製作,有關討論文化和性別議題的作品。團體創始人之一Wofford在香港長大,她大部分的作品探討多元種族身份、女權主義和性別政治的關係。

是次展覽 《星光堆砌的我們》亦包括M.O.B.一個全新的表演裝置作品"Manananggoogle”。該作品將呈現M.O.B.如神話和夢魘一般的全球性科技企業領袖,展示著新集團「走上軌道」的經歷。

M.O.B.參與了多個項目以企業為傾向。她們目前是一群虛構的嗜血企業高層,負責管理及領導一間虛構的科技巨頭Manananggoogle(一個綜合“manananggal”和Google的名字)Manananggal於菲律賓神話中是一隻如吸血鬼般的生物,是一個惡毒的、吃人及吸血為生得女妖。她能夠切斷上部的軀體,並且展開她那對巨大的、蝙蝠般的翅膀,在夜裡飛行並尋找受害者。這個故事闡明了厭女傾向的深層根源,以及展示了看似中性而無害的傳統民間故事如何把強勢的女性加以懷疑及妖魔化。M.O.B. 改編了這個神話,將他們的身份轉化為更具掠奪性,主導性的高層主管。在帶有令人厭倦的企業文化上,三位藝術家呈現了跋扈的、兇狠及滑稽的表面形象並帶領著企業「走上軌道」,包括表演、演講和一些相關的企業活動。M.O.B.的多媒體裝置作品由與主題相關的相片、錄像及網絡元素製作而成。

Ranu Mukherjee,一個具多元文化的美籍藝術家將呈現作品 Extracted Trilogy,一部由亞洲藝術博物館委託創作的電影。本電影由三個獨立章節組成,包括Breach,Elixir和Oracle Bones。作品是一部啟發自中國歷史文本“山海經”的混合動畫(hybrid animation),片長約十五分鐘。再者,本作品隱含著複雜的歷史意味,特別以美國政府於1882年所制訂的「排華法案」中禁止華裔人士移民美國長達63年為背景創作。這部電影將「排華法案」時期緊張的政治局勢及中國人於淘金熱時期移民到美國的歷史元素,與古代文本的視覺元素相互交織。這件作品顛覆了我們擁有共同起源的論述,並創造了新的差異性和克里奧化(尤指當地語與歐洲語言的混合)的敘述。

最後,是次展覽將展出一部由中國導演方璐所製作的電影Sea of Silence,片長二十九分鐘,配有中英文字幕及粵語和普通話對話。Sea of Silence共有三個章節,集中以行為去講述愛的觀念。電影於2015年在以色列沙漠拍攝,故事講述三位女性革命分子作為三位獨立的人物,向鏡頭講述遇到愛情的過程和經歷。他們置身於具備家庭生活的元素和居住環境的一個偏遠的沙漠中,當中的生活元素包括食具,廚具用品,寢具用品等,皆被置於不受保護和暴露的野外環境之中,嘗試以新的空間和另類的生活方式。建構一個新的棲息地。

這個展覽包括一個社會參與藝術項目,將邀請觀眾描繪對性別平等的想象,作品將成為展覽的一部分。展覽將提供所需創作的空間和工具。這個項目的教育目的為探索觀眾對平等,性別和時事議題的觀點。如向公眾發問:“性別平等的狀態是怎樣的?”

策展人簡歷:
胡智騰是Collective Action Studio的創辦人和負責人。工作室是三藩市的藝術策展公司,它亦有為華美博物館策展。胡智騰利用視覺藝術去探索情感轉移的問題、閾限的語言和文化上的分裂。它的作品貫穿了不同媒體,由表演和影片到雕塑、裝置和公眾藝術。胡智騰同時擁有中國、俄羅斯和美國血統,他熱衷於與社區合作,舉辦與社區合作的教育計劃。胡智騰由2004年開始策展,並創辦了The Garage Biennale,這是一個在三藩市的實驗性藝術空間,它曾跟世界各地不同的美術館、嘉年華和文化中心合作。胡智騰擁有柯爾蓋特大學的和平學及法國文學學位、美國三藩市美術學院的新體裁藝術碩士學位以及明德大學蒙特雷國際研究學院的國際管理及公共行政碩士學位。

Collective Action Studio (CAS)的工作包括創作藝術、策展和舉辦教育計劃。我們會跟藝術家、社區、機構合作去共同建造正面和平等的學習機會。目標是發展社會公義,加強韌性社區以及鼓勵大眾接觸藝術。

Justin Charles 和 Chris Treggiari 是Collective Action Studio 的創辦人和負責人,還有一群
不斷轉變的藝術合作者。這些計劃經常與不同的策略合作夥伴合作,當中包含了藝術家、非牟利團體、文化中心、美術館、藝術委員會、畫廊、美術節等。

關於《21世紀藝術培育計劃》
1a空間希望為新銳藝術家及策展人才提供一個平台以實踐概念性與實驗性的藝術計劃,致力填補公營美術館與私營畫廊的空隙。透過持續地考慮及檢討「空間」的規範及界限,《21世紀藝術培育計劃》旨在招募及支持帶有革新的策展意念與實驗模式的藝術計劃。

關於《公開招募策展人》
《公開招募策展人》致力推廣香港當代藝術在國際的地位及促進本地與海外藝術的交流與協作。本計劃將提供一位來自亞太地區的優秀策展人/策展團隊充分時間及資源去實踐及進行具前瞻性的文化討論,致力鼓勵跨文化交流、富策展性的研究及展覽,並希望從而激發更多海外與本地的創意團體的合作與聯繫。
1a空間將提供機票、住宿及展覽製作費補貼給獲選策展人,策展人需於2018年三至四月期間製作一個帶有公眾參與性質的展覽計劃。獲選策展人將得到$20,000港幣的獎金。

關於「1a空間」
1a空間自1998成立,由一群香港藝術工作者發起及組成,是一個非牟利的視覺藝術組織,目標為推動香港及國際當代視藝的創作及探討。經過多年來的努力,1a空間已發展成香港主要的當代視覺藝術機構之一。迄今,1a空間已製作及策劃超過一百三十個展覽和活動,當中包括國際交流、文化節、社區互動藝術、藝術教育、藝術賞析、藝術評論和出版。1a空間的營運資金主要來自資助及捐獻,部份行政費用來自香港藝術發展局資助

Our Bones Are Made of Starlight

Exhibition Opening: 23 March 2018, 6:30pm
Exhibition Period: 24 March – 6 May 2018
Time: Tuesday 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
Enquiry: 25290087/ [email protected]
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1a space proudly presents Our Bones Are Made of Starlight, a contemporary art exhibition curated by Justin Hoover (胡智腾), the 1a space 21st Century Art Incubator – Open Call for Curator curatorial recipient. Our Bones Are Made of Starlight features contemporary artists Desiree Holman, Fernanda D'Agostino, Fang Lu, Ranu Mukherjee, and art group Mail Order Brides (MOB), consisting of Reanne Estrada, Eliza Barrios, and Jenifer Wofford.

This exhibition presents the work of seven female new media and performance artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Beijing. The work range in media to include multi-channel video installation, hybrid-film animation, social practice, and hand-made objects. Together, these works question the gender biases in folk lore and capitalism, investigate cultural evolution in terms of inclusion/exclusion, redefine the rituals of love and loss, and re-envision the fantasy of technological utopia.

To reinvent our cultural mythologies is to express the inequities of our current global order. Layered with humor, surreal locations, and fantastical costumes, these works use the discontents of global capitalism as creative fuel. According to the exhibition curator, “Our Bones Are Made of Starlight reframes the hopes of a generation who were promised a technological utopia yet received nothing more than the trauma of collapse.” This exhibition is about speculative fiction; it is about creating new stories that rewrite our threadbare folk narratives, our misogynistic mythologies and our technological expectations.

Next, the viewer is presented with the work of Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. (or M.O.B. for short.) M.O.B. (Jenifer K Wofford, Eliza Barrios, Reanne Estrada) is a trio of Filipina-American artists engaged in an ongoing conversation with culture and gender. Wofford, one of the founding members, was raised in Hong Kong; much of her work deals with the intersection of multiracial identity encompassing feminist narratives and gender politics.

The exhibition Our Bones Are Made of Starlight features “Manananggoogle,” a new performative installation featuring M.O.B. as the mythical folk-nightmare leaders of a globalized tech corporation monolith presenting a new corporate “on-boarding” experience.

M.O.B. has engaged in multiple projects with an entrepreneurial bent: they are currently working as a fictitious group of bloodthirsty corporate executives, managing and leading the fictitious and shadowy tech-giant Manananggoogle (a portmanteau of “manananggal” and Google). The manananggal is a mythical, vampire-like creature of the Philippines-- a malevolent, human-eating, blood-sucking female demon capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims. It is also a story that Illuminates the deep roots of misogyny, and how injust suspicions of strong women are perpetuated through seemingly innocuous traditional folktales. M.O.B. adapts this mythology to transform their identities into more predatory, dominant, alpha executives. In a sort of corporate culture drag, these three artists present domineering, murderous and hilarious personae that lead company “on-boarding” trainings as performances, lectures, and other industrially related activities. MOB is presenting an installation with photo, video and web components related to this theme.

Ranu Mukherjee, an American of a mixed-heritage, presents the work Extracted Trilogy, a film originally commissioned by the Asian Art Museum, consisting of three individual chapters Breach, Elixir and Oracle Bones. This work in total is a fifteen-minute hybrid animation inspired by the Chinese historic text the Classic of Mountains and Seas or 山海经 . In addition, the work layers in the complex history of the American Government’s Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 in which the US banned Chinese immigration the US for 63 years. This film interweaves visual elements from this ancient text along with elements of the histories of immigration by Chinese to America during the time of the Gold Rush period at the height of political tensions surrounding the Chinese Exclusion Act. This work destabilizes our shared origin stories and creates new narratives of otherness and creolization.

Finally, the exhibition will present the work Sea of Silence, a 29-minute film by Chinese filmmaker Fang Lu, with dialogue in Cantonese and Mandarin and with English and Chinese subtitles. Sea of Silence is a work in three chapters centered on the idea of speaking about love as a form of action. Shot in the Israeli desert in 2015, three female protagonists, as three distinctive individuals, talk to the camera about their specific events and experiences encountering love. They are situated in a remote desert with elements of home life and living accommodation detailing each scene. These domestic elements such as cups and saucers, housewares, beds and the like, are positioned unprotected and uncovered in the untamed environment to establish new habitats as new spaces and forms of living.

This exhibition includes a participatory social practice project that asks the audience to draw a picture of gender equity and add it to the exhibition. Space and tools to create these pictures will be provided in the gallery and all participation will be included. This social practice project is an educational element to explore the audience’s perspectives around equity, gender and current events. The project asks, “What does gender equity look like?”

About the Curator:
Justin Charles Hoover (胡智騰), is the founder and principle of Collective Action Studio, an art and curatorial practice company based out of San Francisco and the Curator of the Chinese-American Museum, Los Angeles. Hoover works with the visual arts to explore issues of displacement, liminal languages, and cultural disjuncture. His work spans media from performance and video, to sculpture, installation and public art. His heritage is Chinese-Russian-American, and his work seeks to engage communities and develop collaborative and educational projects. Hoover began his curatorial career in 2004 with the founding of The Garage Biennale, and experimental art space in San Francisco and has worked with museums, festivals, fairs and cultural centers across the world. Hoover holds bachelor’s degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a master’s degree in New Genres Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master’s degree of Public Administration of International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Collective Action Studio (CAS) produces artwork, curates exhibitions, and develops educational projects. We work in collaboration with artists, communities and institutions to develop access, equity, and positive learning outcomes. Our goal is to advance social justice, to bolster resilient communities and enable the public to engage with the arts.

Founded and directed by Justin Charles and Chris Treggiari, Collective Action Studio includes an evolving cast of artistic collaborators. Projects are often co-developed with strategic partners and include a wide range of artists non-profits, cultural centers, museums, arts commissions, art galleries, art fairs, festivals and more.

About 21st Century Art Incubator
1a space aims to provide emerging artists and curatorial talents a platform for conceptual and experimental art to fill the gap between larger public institutions and commercial ventures. Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “space,” 21st Century Art Incubator solicits and supports ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats.
About Open Call for Curator
The Open Call for Curator aims to promote arts in Hong Kong to the international arena and energize the Hong Kong Art Scene by encouraging international collaboration. The project offers one conspicuous curator/curatorial team from Asia Pacific the necessary time and resources to realize and agitate new frontier in cultural discussions and project with the aim of encouraging inter-cultural exchanges, curatorial research and exhibition planning, and time to collaborate with the creative community and art network in Hong Kong. 1a space provides allowance for flight tickets (for non-Hong Kong curator(s) only), accommodation (for non-Hong Kong curator(s) only), exhibition space and production fee to the curator(s), who produces an exhibition in 1a space in March-April 2018 with at least 1 related public programming. Also, selected curator(s) will be awarded a $20,000 HKD honorarium.

All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not, under any circumstances, be permitted to add or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified. All the submitted plans and materials will be entrusted confidentially.

About 1a space
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 moved from its original location an old government warehouse at Oil Street, North Point, to the current location at Cattle Depot in 2001. 1a space aims to promote the making, experimentation, exchange and dissemination of contemporary art both in Hong Kong and in the international arena.
Over nearly two decades, 1a space has developed into one of Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art organizations. It has produced more than 130 exhibitions and activities, and has been active in international exchanges, cultural festivals, participatory community art, as well as art education and publication. The operation funding of 1a space has been supported by the grants and donations, while its administration cost is partially supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

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