共想實驗:土瓜灣社區客廳成果展 Participatory Public Lab: To Kwa Wan Community Dining Room Project Exhibition

日期
08/05/2020 - 11:00 - 22/05/2020 - 19:00
地址
香港九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道63號牛棚藝術村14號「1a空間」

1a空間榮譽呈獻《共想實驗:土瓜灣社區客廳成果展》。由聖雅各福群會及土瓜灣社區客廳主辦、1a空間擔任策展伙伴,本展覽回溯「土瓜灣社區客廳」計劃3年來與區內街坊互動的歷程,由觀察社區需要、介入空間想像、共享生活可能到建構設計意念,嘗試由街坊自己設計公共空間。我們將呈現宛如河流一般曲折卻生機勃然的參與過程, 街坊、建築師、區議員等不同思想的支流,與各式活動、工作坊、居民小組等養份的滋育,並夾雜着衝突及調和,匯聚成一套容讓所有人都能參與其中,互相理解的社區設計方法論。

展覽簡介
土瓜灣是充滿驚喜的舊區,卻不是因為樓齡抑或法定古蹟的數目,而是在區內閒逛,便會發現街頭巷尾總是散發出的閒適與人情味。幾位巴基斯坦街坊在士多門前吃飯聊天、街道旁老人躲在簷前乘涼、公園長椅坐着一對夫妻與嬰兒車上的女兒逗玩、周末馬路旁小空地上家務外傭趁假日相聚……都是土瓜灣裡公共空間人與人交流連繫的話「舊」歲月。

但這些公共空間可否成為促進不同社群交往的場地?內裡的配套設施是否滿足所有人的需要?不同族裔、階級、年齡、性別等背景的人又能否聚首一堂,為這些公共空間重新設計?公共空間又可否承載更多社區參與的可能性?

是次展覽將展示社區客廳過去三年的實驗結果--街坊為社區自建的小家具、在地區小店鐵閘髹上往昔的故事、建築師與區議員交流協作總結設計提案……同時,展覽亦邀請了四位藝術家創作呈現社區參與設計的過程與想像,吳嘉敏以地圖呈現計劃在社區與居民互動的行旅;謝俊昇運用聲音裝置表現居民訴說自身的需要與想法;李展翹以影像重現居民創作與社區的互動;李穎姍結合蠔殼與聲音裝置呈現設計過程中不同聲音和對話的磨合,這些聲音碰撞而得以造就更好的設計。展場亦重塑「模擬空間」遊戲讓大家一窺社區設計師的門徑,了解居民參與的重要過程。

《土瓜灣社區客廳成果展》
展覽:2020年5月8日 - 5月22日
展覽開放時間:逢星期二至日上午11時至下午7時正
(逢星期一及公眾假期休館)
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:+852 25290087/ [email protected]
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傳媒查詢
羅璧如
1a空間藝廊經理
Tel: 2334 1906
Email: [email protected]

藝術家簡介(排名不分先後)

李穎姍
李穎姍生於香港。過去的作品以裝置和即興表演為主。以聆聽作為跟世界與自身連結的一個重要渠道,感受每一刻的流動。她認為創作對自身來說是發掘和接受自己與他人有更多的可能性。最近的演出以電子樂器、自製聲音物件為主,期望能夠與各演出者、觀眾在同一空間上創造新的經驗。
李氏的裝置與演出作品在不同的藝術節中展出,例如,Playfreely Festival (新加坡,2019)空中集氣( 香港,2019 ),ART CAMP TANGO 2017(日本) ,ifva 影像嘉年華,聽在《聲音藝術節 2014》(京都,日本)、Transi(en)t Manila Project Glocal 2014(馬尼拉,菲律賓), Asian Meeting Festival 2016(日本),Kill the Silence festival(香港) 。

李展翹
李展翹為大學兼職講師,藝術空間行政人員,視覺藝術實踐者以及紀實攝影師。李氏作品涉及紀實攝影和實驗性敘事。李氏從大學時侯兼職報紙攝影記者發展個人作品,及後負笈英國修讀藝術碩士。他現在繼續探索紀實攝影的可能性,並擴闊其邊際,亦持續進行個人攝影計劃。他目前以項目主任的身份為1a空間服務。

謝俊昇
謝俊昇的作品多探討日常生活中不以為然之事物的可能性,並以裝置呈現中間有趣的關係。他鍾情於發掘不同的聲音,表達其聯想以及聲音對他的意義。
2017 年於香港浸會大學視覺藝術院畢業。2020 年, 在香港 PMQ 舉辦了“鬆郁矇”個展。2018 及 2019 年入圍第二十三屆及第二十四屆 ifva 獨立短片及影像媒體比賽媒體藝術組。2018 年在溫哥華 Centre A 駐留。

吳嘉敏
畢業於香港浸會大學藝覺藝術系。她善於以水彩把其富城市色彩而復雜的夢境轉化成一幅幅生動而仔細的紙本作品。曾獲得獎項包括憑著《香港地區報──18區文藝地圖》獲得2017年第29屆香港印製大獎優秀出版。

策展團隊

「土瓜灣社區客廳」計劃成員:袁偉德、呂芷謙及陳朝鏗
「土瓜灣社區客廳」計劃是由一位社工,一位師奶和一位愛字人組成,除了追求串流平台的最新劇集,更重視實體社區的人際交流與公共生活。關於策展,從未畢業;關於社區,仍然持續再進修;關於公共空間,只能夠摸着石頭過河。但唯一肯定的是,三個人始終在探索人與社區的關係,嘗試創造人與公共空間的可能性。

鍾惠恩
鍾惠恩的作品探索存在於日常生活的衝突和不尋常的狀態,以改造、重組、修補物件呈現事物的另一個可能性。 2009年,她於香港浸會大學視覺藝術院畢業,作品「水泥乒乓球枱」於藝術推廣辦事處公共藝術計劃2015獲獎;曾參與項目包括藝術推廣辦事處「邂逅! 山川人」(2018)、啟德「土炮遊樂場」(2016)、C &G 藝術空間「 錦田、釜山藝術交流計劃——後桃花園記」(2015)、香港奧沙畫廊「這麼近那麼遠——香港和英國之間的某處」(2013)、ArtOxygen印度孟買藝術家駐留計劃 「[en]counters 2011」(2013)。

關於聖雅各福群會
自1949年成立伊始,歷遍七十寒暑,是以扶弱救濟為要務的非牟利機構。隨着社會變遷,聖雅各福群會亦逐漸發展成提供多元化服務的機構,涵蓋青年、復康、扶貧、家庭、持續照顧、社區發展等服務,服務點遍佈全港六十多處。同時,聖雅各福群會深信人的潛能與價值,踐行社會責任,故不囿於傳統服務需要,強調「授之以魚,授之以漁」,在政府及不同資助者的支持下推動多個社會創新項目,包括藍屋建築群保育活化計劃、土瓜灣社區客廳等。

關於「土瓜灣社區客廳」
由2017年起蒙市區更新基金資助,立足於土瓜灣,透過不同活動及工作坊,提升街坊對社區的歸屬感。同時,在區內考察不同公共空間的優劣與需要,並由街坊、建築師團隊等不同持份者組成居民小組,重新設計區內公共空間,藉以改善硬件設施及社區配套,並推動街坊更積極參與社區事務,共同規劃土瓜灣的公共空間。
關於策展伙伴
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一百四十個展覽和活動,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。

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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 neighbourhood. Pakistani neighbours 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 neighbourhood, commissioned shutter artworks at local stores inspired by community tales and traditions, constructing design proposal by collaboration with architects and district councillor, 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 neighbourhood; Tse Chun Sing’s sound installation demonstrates the needs and thoughts of the local community; Jimmy Lee reproduces the interaction between the neighbourhood 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 22 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
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Participating Artists (in no particular order)

Carmen Ng
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’.

Fiona Lee
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
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.

Curatorial Team

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
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.

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