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Week 5, HART Haus

After presenting the first group projects in the previous week and ending the first phase of Hong Kong, this week marked a fresh start. We changed their location from AVA Kai Tak campus to Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island. The students were guests at HART Haus, a modern-day art house, where they took part in a one-week improv workshop resulting in a public experimental performance on Friday night. The workshop was facilitated by guest artists Andreas Siagian (ID) and Simon Dietersdorfer(AU). The week was cut one day shorter. Due to Chinese National Day, the protests and safety reasons, the program did not take place on October 1st. Within four days, the students had the chance to experiment, pursue and develop ideas and learn through the process of exploration and trial: Designed for the students to let go of practical habits and the possibility to step out of their comfort zone while immersing in a discipline other than they’re used to. After collecting ideas of how the public performance at the end of the week …

Time Space Stranger

An installation by Aline Stäheli (Theatre Pedagogy, Zurich University of the Arts), Liu Shiyan (Visual Arts, Baptiste University), Qian Yuxuan (Film and Theatre, Nanjing University), Raúl Castro Estévez (Music Performance, Zurich University of the Arts). Intro Encounters with strangers are unexpected. We see them as random coincidences or signs of fate. We pay attention to them or let them pass by. They might leave a trace in our memory and life that changes us. They offer us the possibility to experience ourselves in an unknown way. Concept The work is composed as an installation that works with audio sound, masks, mirror paper, performance and mainly the people entering the installation. It’s an offer for the audience to experience themselves in a new way, an artificial surrounding. Therefore, they are free in how they handle this offer: They can fully engage and make a quite active piece out of it or they can just be in the room listening to the sound. The space offers both, an in going or an outgoing ‘journey’, following your mood of the day, and is …

T.U.B.E Hong Kong 0.1 alpha

An interactive, immersive group game experience by Colin Schmid (Interaction Design, Zurich University of the Arts), Lena Seefried (Curatorial Studies, Zurich University of the Arts), Lisa Schwabe (Stage Directing, Zurich University of the Arts), Timo Raddatz (Theatre, Dramaturgy, Zurich University of the Arts) and Chan Clair Ka-kiu KK (Fine Arts, City University of Hong Kong). Intro Our group started with the keywords spaceship and bondage. The third topic revolved around the words of utopia and matrix. The spaceship gave us an idea of the aesthetics we wanted to achieve. Several films and series like Pacific Rim, Enter The Void, Love, Death And Robots etc. inspired us. The topic bondage gave us different access to a wide range of interests like BDSM and Shibari (traditional form of using ropes, as art and not as sexual liberation), a metaphor of gaining freedom by losing some of it, basic human interactions, power regulations in politics and colonialism. For the media, different TV game shows from the 80′, 90’s, 00’s from Germany, Switzerland, China and Japan inspired us. Concept T.U.B.E Hong Kong 0.1 alpha is an …

Leave Or Not To Leave

A performance by Jia Yu Wu (Performance, Xinghai Conservatory of Music) and Nick Ng (Theatre, Lasalle College of the Arts). Intro In this age of news and fake news, Yuyu and Nick seek to find commonality and conflict. Leave or not to Leave is a performance showing different levels of translation of what we see and not see, how we respond or not respond. The performance consists of 2 performers. One who is seen, heard and felt physically. The another not seen in physical form, with his presence felt merely in text. Yuyu’s dance performance is performed by Nick through text in an un-emotional, purely descriptive way, While Yuyu responds physically against the factual interpretation. Concept Leave or Not to Leave 走或不走 are the 4 characters that Yu came out with in response to her own improvisation. It is her response to her own performance. The final performance consists of 2 performers. With Nick performing in Singapore in front of a computer performing Yu’s original dance in the form of a detail, non-emotional description and Yu performing live …

Error 404

A performance by Fu Lingbo (Theater Nanjing University) and Gloria Hertig (Trends & Identity, Zurich University of the Arts). Intro What does freedom mean? Is it being free? What rules, ideals and structures are taught by state, parents and society without us being aware of them? Where does the metamorphosis of structure and habit begin? In the performance Error 404 Fu Lingbo and Gloria Hertig transfer their learned impairment into a common meal. Concept We transferred the learned impairment into a common meal. We used table manners as a metaphor for social structures. Table manners are different in every culture and we learned them as children eating with adults. So we not only apply our table manners in fancy restaurants but they unconsciously become natural movements. The setting of the performance was as follows: Two people eating at a table, facing the audience, not staring at them but eating in front of them. The whole scene is plain and kept in discreet colors, everything is white and clean. Next to the table there are two floor …

Meditation In Red

A two-part installation by Cass Leung Lok Kwan (Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University), Cindy Cheng I-Hsin (Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts), Nuriia Khasenova (Music Pedagogy, Zurich University of the Arts), Milos Stolic (Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts). Intro Meditation in Red begins with the attempt to adopt the color red as a common landscape. Through meditation, a discourse intended to express reflections, to guide others as well as the self in contemplation, the group collectively creates the experience by constructing bonds and ties among various disciplines. Concept The work presentation is composed of two parts. The first part with the pre-recorded audio inspired by the meditation practice of colour visualisation. Instead of having colours associated with different organs, the work focuses on the one colour red as a visual and metaphorical symbol in the quest of the search for a calmness. The second part with the formal presentation consists of four instalments including a live performance as the continuation of the audio piece, and composition of writing/text, photography, and moving images. One connects to …

Device Spa

A performative installation by Rose Li Zi-Rui, (Visual Arts, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University), Rafael Gil Cordeiro (Trends & Identity, Zurich University of the Arts), Riar Rizaldi (Media Art/Moving Images, City University Hong Kong), Brooke Jackson (Curatorial Studies, Zurich University of the Arts), Leal Chen Zhenglang (Dance Choreography, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), Rae Lei Xuan (Dance Choreography, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), Joe Ma Kam Leung (City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media). Intro Do I look happy today? What is more relaxing to me – high or low battery? What are my senses? Do I like to be held? Do I want a screen protection? Do humans ever listen to me? Do I like humans? What are my identities? Where do I come from? What is my favourite season? Can I make love? Do I want a long-distance relationship? Do I like to sleep with humans? Do I like it when a human gets undressed? Do I mind if a human has another phone? How do I …