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Making Room for_

Making Room For_
27.01 – 25.02.2018

Opening: 26th January 2018, 6:30 pm
Opening Dialogue: 26th January 2018, 7:30 pm
URL: https://www.oneaspace.org.hk/current-exhibition

Discussants (in arbitrary order):
Benny Lam,
Cornelia Erdmann,
Jacky Y.F. Chan,
Rina Ko
On Tai

Honorary Guest Discussants:
Ms Corrin Chan (陳翠兒女士) , Chairlady of Hong Kong Architecture Centre,
Prof. Kurt Yu Keung CHAN (陳育強教授), Adjunct Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 Host: Chang Ping-hung Wallace

Exhibition:

Date: 27th January 2018 – 25th February 2018
Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm ; closed on Mondays and Lunar New Year Holiday (16th – 19th Feb)

Address:
1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,
To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Enquiry: 25290087

Facebook: 1a space
Instagram: 1a_space

Curatorial statement:
The idea of “room” is making room for E-pathy – Making Room for–you and me​​ ​is​ ​nestling​ ​our​ ​souls​ ​in​ ​place.​ ​Making​ ​Room​ ​for​ ​the​ ​self-regulated emptiness​ ​is​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​small​ ​universe​ ​for​ ​ourselves.​ ​If​ ​architects​ ​and​ ​artists​ ​can​ ​make​ ​room​ ​for​ ​people of​ ​all​ ​kinds,​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​physical​ ​containment.​ ​Rather,​ ​should​ ​Art​ ​have​ ​power,​ ​our​ ​lives within​ ​the​ ​Room​ ​of​ ​four​ ​walls​ ​and​ ​a​ ​ceiling​ ​should​ ​be​ ​owned​ ​and​ ​enjoyed​ ​by​ ​us.​ ​​​Nowadays,​ ​amidst​ ​the ever-condensing​ ​urban​ ​concrete​ ​jungle​ ​of​ ​Hong​ ​Kong,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​confined​ ​within​ ​our​ ​‘luxurious’​ ​100-ft square​ ​footages,​ ​but​ ​our​ ​minds​ ​should​ ​step​ ​beyond​ ​these​ ​boundaries​ ​and​ ​reach​ ​out​ ​to​ ​where​ ​we​ ​are looking​ ​upon. The​ ​invited​ ​architects/​ ​artists​ ​of​ ​this​ ​exhibition​ ​include​ ​young​ ​talents​ ​who​ ​concern​ ​our​ ​living/​ ​dying environment. ​ ​​

Making Room for_ includes works of four Hong Kong and German artists. By rethinking the concepts of room, artists and curator attempt to explore the pressing social housing issue in Hong Kong. With​ ​their​ ​​personal​ ​interpretation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​‘room’,​ ​the​ ​team​ ​means​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​what​ ​and how​ ​we​ ​live​ ​and​ ​situate​ ​ourselves​ ​among​ ​given​ ​constraints​ ​or​ ​yet​ ​liberate​ ​other​ ​dimensions​ ​for​ ​hopeful lives.

Benny Lam has been active in a range of creative media over the last ten years, but recently has devoted his time to show, through photography, the condition of Hong Kong’s fringe communities. From affluent to fringe areas, from business to public good, he walks around the streets and alleys of older districts, using lights and viewpoints to capture scenes not usually seen in the city to record the lives of hidden communities.

Cornelia Erdmann focuses on the light medium, which inspires her to rethink the question of “If the eye is the window to our soul, what is the spatial opening to architecture? ” If window is not just a void that separates the inside from the outside, it will be the interface between public and private mediating between the two realms. For her, making room for the viewing sight bears burdens of emptiness; for the windows are facing Darkness, we are looking towards where we end.

Jacky Y.F. Chan interprets the idea of “room” in a psychological sense, demonstrates his artwork in three ways, including light & colour, visual and psychology. For him, making room for emotion combine only few architectural elements that may have an impact on our psychological senses; one space may also be read through these qualities, they allow us to delaminate spaces into layers of visual perception, in another word the physical space transforms into a perception space. The Artwork represents a space / room, in its limited boundary. There are objects for our interpretation, whether one would focus on the brighter object or the dimmer object, it is up to you, and your emotions.

Rina Ko explores the idea of “room” with a grain of Salt. Since salt is part of our physical make up, present in our blood, sweat, and tears. Its natural properties meant it has been used for ritual cleansing, preserving and seasoning of food, as well as antiseptic qualities for treating wounds. It is also one of the fundamental constituents of nature, and contains within it a microcosm of how our planet works. As both a natural defense and supplement for the human mankind, it signifies ritual cleansing and spiritual authenticity. The work not only wishes to celebrate the value of what has already been existed “salt” for centuries, but also the value of what life is, as a natural process and a collateral beauty. When one would be totally engaged in the work, its pure existence worth more than a thousand words.

On Tai wishes to tell and share the stories of Hong Kong to others. Giving chance for people to look at the living problems in Hong Kong from different perspectives. Livelihood issues like housing, student’s stress and politics etc…. He especially likes to use his works to tell the stories of the old Hong Kong, hoping to keep the diminishing Hong Kong’s culture for our next generation through the miniature arts. Telling the stories of the old Hong Kong to our younger generation and exchange their stories with our predecessors …….. and so on and on …….

Short biographies of the artists and curator (in arbitrary order)

Curator:

CHANG Ping Hung, Wallace
Fellow of HKIA; Registered Architect in Hong Kong and China; Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, HKU; Chairman of 1a Space; Director of the Urban Place Research Unit; Visiting Scholar in Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University; Advisory Committee Member on Revitalization of Historic Buildings. He is both an architectural practitioner and theorist on urban design, cultural conservation and community participation. His award-winning designs range from urban washroom to university academic building. Also, he is a social activist to promote a civil consciousness on urban environment, community conservation and sustainable planning, including his recent advocacy on the redevelopment planning and architecture of Shek Tsai Leng [Dills Corner Garden] Elderly Caring District.  He has been conducting research with exhibition in Habitat City and Bamboo Theatre.  His latest research, Kai Tak River Green Corridor Community Education Project [HKADC 2013 Award of Arts Education, International Award for Public Art 2015], focuses on cultural identity and urban sustainability issues during the urban transformation process in Hong Kong and southern Chinese cities. To recognize his contribution to the promotion of cultural conservation, he was awarded Certificate of Commendation by the Secretary for Home Affairs in 2015.

Participating artists:

Benny Lam

Benny Lam, professional Hong Kong-based photographer, graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada. He is a member of HKIPP, works for multiple local and international brands and advertising agencies. Over the last ten years Benny has been active in a range of creative media, but recently has devoted his time to show, through photography, the condition of Hong Kong’s fringe communities. From affluent to fringe areas, from business to public good, he walks around the streets and alleys of older districts, using lights and viewpoints to capture scenes not usually seen in the city to record the lives of hidden communities.

For years, he has won numerous local and international awards, such as The Best Photography in HK4As Kam Fan Awards, the Communication Arts Award, Grand Prix in ADSA International Non-profit and Social Advertising Award, LongXi Awards, and Award of Excellence in Photography at Global Society for News Design Awards. His works were been published in Archive,and European Photography etc., and exhibited in the DOX Centre of Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Cornelia Erdmann
Cornelia Erdmann is a German visual artist based in Hong Kong. With her background in fine art as well as in architecture she likes to blur the boundaries between creative disciplines and subjects specialising in public art and commissions.

She uses light as an integral medium in her pieces. The intangible light and the physical space have reciprocal qualities and depend on each other which in combination with other materials and/or technologies she employs to create playful site-specific installations that interact and surprise the audience on various levels. She enjoys to collaborate with communities to co-create public artworks that help to build and generate collective memories.

Jacky Y.F. CHAN
Jacky Y.F. CHAN is an artist and architectural designer with a diverse background from the U.K. and his hometown Hong Kong. He studied his Bachelor degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, U.C.L. (U.K.) and has received his Master of Architecture at the HKU recently. Jacky’s work focuses on the interplay between light and colour, and has always questions how these qualities may inform and impact our psychology and emotions. His humanistic design approach has led him to address and look into some of the current social issues in Hong Kong. Jacky’s latest work ‘The Living Room’ – thesis exploring the perspective spectrum of a dying person through light & colour; has successfully raised awareness on the topic and was celebrated with a nomination for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal.

Rina Ko
Rina Ko completed her Master in Architecture in Chinese University of Hong Kong and was the recipient of the Student Medal of the Year in 2014 in the Annual Award held by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA).  Her projects, primarily addressing on values in life, received the Best Studio Awards both in 2013 and 2014 within the School, as well as being nominated and shortlisted for the President’s Medal for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in both years in the United Kingdom.

She worked as a Junior Architect in Herzog & de Meuron for two cultural projects in Hong Kong, the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project in Central and M+ Museum in West Kowloon Cultural District from 2014 to 2017.  During these few years, she has also participated as exhibitors in different events including, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2015, and REVEAL 2 Exhibition in 2016. In earlier years, she had an apprenticeship to an Italian marble sculptor, Cynthia Sah and Nicolas Bertoux, in Tuscany, Italy in 2011.

On Tai (TAI Yau On)
Born in 1979, authentic Hong Kongers

Hong Kong native photographer, working in photography for over 18 years. He is a person who pays attention to detail and quality. Since childhood, he has become obsessed with the miniature things. With his working relationship and dedication to detail, he has gradually become a passion for making miniature artworks. In the choice of subject matter for his artworks, because of his childhood experience and his obsession with old Hong Kong, it always appears the shadow of old Hong Kong in his interests, works and artistic creations.

The purpose of On Tai’s miniature art production, is to trace the past stories through miniature artworks, arouse people’s memories of the past and pass on the feelings and culture of old Hong Kong from generation to generation.

In December 2017, On Tai has organized a “Mini Movements”, which is a voluntary visit program based on the theme of “miniature art”, and hopes to share and express the concern and care for people with mobility problems and those in need through this program. Visiting children to promote Hong Kong culture and miniature art to our next generation.

In addition to miniature art, On Tai is actively involved in the creation of various topics on old Hong Kong, including installation art, product design and photography etc, hoping that more people could know the wisdom of their predecessors, hence continuing and passing on the traditions of old Hong Kong continuously.

 

alternate constructions: Stair culture in Hong Kong

alternate-constructions-poster

We are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition:

alternate constructions: Stair culture in Hong Kong

Featuring design research by HKU students and faculty in the context of the proposed Pound Lane escalator.

June 14-21, 2013
11am-7pm daily
TopZoo, 66 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan

Opening reception: 14 June, 6-9pm
Mapping workshop: 15 June, 2-4pm

For more information, images and a press invitation, please visit stairculture.com


變、造,建;設

香港楷梯文化

是次展覽內容為香港大學園境學系及其學生回應磅巷擬建扶手梯計劃的研究設計。
二零一三年六月十四至二十一日

開放時間:每天早上十一時至晚上七時正
地點:上環普慶:坊六十六號
開幕儀式:二零一三年六月十四日晚上六時至九時正
工作坊:二零一三年六月十五日 下午二時至四時正

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ALTERNATECON-POSTERWe are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition:

alternate constructions: Stair culture in Hong Kong

Featuring design research by HKU students and faculty in the context of the proposed Pound Lane escalator.

 

June 14-21, 2013

11am-7pm daily

TopZoo, 66 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan

 

Opening reception: 14 June, 6-9pm

Mapping workshop: 15 June, 2-4pm

 

For more information, images and a press invitation, please visit stairculture.com

 

 

變、造,建;設
香港楷梯文化
是次展覽內容為香港大學園境學系及其學生回應磅巷擬建扶手梯計劃的研究設計。
二零一三年六月十四至二十一日
開放時間 每天早上十一時至晚上七時正
地點 上環普慶坊六十六號
開幕儀式 二零一三年六月十四日晚上六時至九時正
工作坊二零一三年六月十五日 下午二時至四時正

Counterpart Cities – Climate Change and Cooperative Action in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Counterpart Cities – Climate Change and Cooperative Action in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Working under a grant from the Hong Kong Government’s Environmental Conservation Fund, Assistant Professors Jonathan Solomon and Dorothy Tang are curating the exhibition Counterpart Cities for the Shenzhen Biennale in December 2011 and a traveling exhibit in Hong Kong in 2012. Intended to raise awareness locally and internationally of the challenges and opportunities that climate change and human intervention will bring to the already unique ecology of the Hong Kong and Shenzhen region, Counterpart Cities brings together six designers from both cities to lead multidisciplinary teams to research challenges and propose solutions to systemic changes in the freshwater infrastructure, shore ecology, and port systems of the two cities. Arup Hong Kong is a Research Partner on the project. Participating designers from the Faculty of Architecture include Assistant Professor Stefan Al from the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Assistant Professor Vincci Mak from the Division of Landscape Architecture, and Associate Professor Tom Verebes from the Department of Architecture.

Counterpart Cities design workshop kickoff at Arup Hong Kong:

You might also note our two public reviews and the opening date. We’ll have jurors for the reviews confirmed shortly:

Counterpart Cities Workshop Mid-Review: 17 Sep 10am-5pm. Node Office, Shenzhen

Counterpart Cities Workshop Final Review: 05 Oct 10am-5pm. Room KB318, HKU

Counterpart Cities Exhibit Opening: 08 Dec. Shenzhen Biennale, Shenzhen

Mr Jonathan Solomon appointed co-curator at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale

Mr Jonathan Solomon appointed co-curator at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale

Mr Jonathan Solomon, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture has been appointed co-curator of a major exhibition in the American Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the official representation of the United State of America at the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibition, opening 29 August 2010.

The exhibition, Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice, was selected by the US State Department in an open competition following the recommendation of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, convened by the National Endowment for the Arts. Workshopping is co-curated by Jonathan and Michael Rooks, and organized by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) and 306090, Inc (New York).

Workshopping focuses on architects as initiators of trans-disciplinary collaborations in practice focusing on research and social engagement. With an emphasis on projects rather than individuals, and on processes and their impacts rather than on products, the show will highlight the work of American architects practicing at a range of scales.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/04/140963.htm

2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture

Assistant Professors Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei have been selected by HKIA, HKIP and HKDA to curate upcoming 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.

This year’s 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture will mark the first cultural event of international magnitude to take place in the West Kowloon waterfront promenade from 4 December 2009 to 27 February 2010. The theme of “City Mobilization: BYOB” (Bring Your Own Biennale), a catchphrase and framework is designed to inspire individual participation and networked collaboration among the citizens of Hong Kong and international audiences.

This year’s selected Curatorial Team is Marisa Yiu (Chief Curator, Assistant Professor HKU Architecture, co-founder of ESKYIU) and Eric Schuldenfrei (Curator for Education, Film and Media, Director of Media Studies HKU Architecture, co-founder of ESKYIU), and also comprises of Alan Lo (Curator for Arts, City Integration and Events, co-founder of Pressroom Group), and Frank Yu (Curator for Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape, Director of Gravity Partnership Ltd.). The Curatorial Team hopes to engage a similarly diverse group of Hong Kong and international citizens and make the Biennale an event that‘s made for everyone.

The 2009 Hong Kong – Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale is organized by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, and Hong Kong Designers Association. The Home Affairs Bureau is the principal sponsor of the event. The Bi-City Biennale is one of the celebration programs of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People Republic of China. It is the hope of the Home Affairs Bureau that the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, to be held at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) site, will help establishing the WKCD as an exchange platform between overseas partners and Hong Kong, and help bringing Hong Kong arts and cultural talents out of Hong Kong to connect with the world. It is also a hope that the Biennale will help familiarize local citizens and tourists with the WKCD site and frequent the place for arts and cultural enjoyment.

http://hkszbiennale.org

Graham St. Market Festival 2008

Student installations were invited back to light up the market for the “Graham Street Market Festival 2008” this past Saturday November 15th. Assistant Professor Marisa Yiu led a graduate seminar with Katty Law and Chris Mok, this Spring semester on public installations that engaged issues on the Graham St. Market undergoing urban renewal. The 2008 Festival event celebrates the Graham Street Market and its 140-year old legacy as Hong Kong’s oldest street market and included other exhibitions, forums and film screenings. This was an opportunity for the public to experience and understand the unique market culture of Hong Kong and the importance of heritage and cultural conservation.

The Graham Street Market Festival 2008 was lead organized by the Conservancy Association Center for Heritage and co-organised by SEE Network and the Central & Western Concern Group with funding sponsored by the Central & Western Concern District Council.

Building Asia Brick by Brick: My Ideal City

Six ideal cities built with 100,000 LEGO bricks were created on 11th October 2008 as part of an educational program called “Building Asia Brick by Brick: My Ideal City”. Assistant Professors Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei co-organized the event with The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design. Current teachers, students and alumnus of the Department of Architecture supported the workshop that taught and engaged 240 students from 12 primary schools all around HK. Design concepts of urban cities and awareness of the built environment of Hong Kong were highlighted. Sponsors of the program were LEGO Hong Kong Ltd., Pacific Coffee Company and Sino Group. More information on http://www.ad.arch.hku.hk/brickbybrick/

Recently Opened Control Tower in the Hong Kong Pavilion

Recently Opened Control Tower in the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture

on September 12, 2008.

Jason Carlow, John Lin, and Jonathan D Solomon in collaboration with Stefan Krakhofer

HK Production Team: Ricci Wong and Eric Chiu

Project Sponsorship by SinoGroup

Control Tower combines the power of scripting software with simple manual techniques; processes both contemporary and traditional. Individual cut-sheets were prepared in Hong Kong from a digital model and water-jet cut into aluminum panels in China. The plates were shipped flat to Venice, where a scaffold was erected on site using standard components. The sheets were unpacked and mounted on the scaffold, then through a system of codes and jigs, folded into shape progressively by hand according to a pattern determined by a computer script.

Control Tower is designed to take advantage of the flexibility and precision of mass-customization and the standardization of generic components with the hand as the ideal mediator between the two. Control is explored both in how the tower is designed and fabricated and in how it behaves in its specific site. As a system, the tower is an infinitely reconfigurable screen, capable of being flattened, removed to a new location, and redeployed under different parameters.

For images and information please visit:

http://www.venicebiennale.hk/vb2008/index2.html