All posts filed under: Group Works 2015


Hot Pot – Spicy Little Art Festival Site specific two-room multimedia installation by Liane Mah, Philipp Spillmann, Ma Haijiao, Tobias Fandel Saturday, 21 November, 5pm Kai Tak Campus, Academy of Visual Arts “absense” invites you to experience a very unusual spatial performance situation. How do your physical feeling and your thoughts affect your perception of space, movements, sounds and not least images and words? What can you see, what can you hear and how do you deal with it? Does your cognition leads you to new aesthetical experiences by reflecting the absence? A two-room installation, video documentary, room two, Liane Mah (performance), Ma Haijiao (video), Tobias Fandel (sound) absense/ intense days. Long nights. Composing, cutting, dancing, hammering, painting the walls. Claustrophobia. A feeling very typical for Hong Kong. A psychological reaction to a suffocating situation. A physical reaction to the suffocation of modern live. Modern livestyle. Routine. Spaces and possibilities to move. In our work we started to dig deeper in the topic of noise which brought us step by step to the topic of claustrophobia, which we explored by text, sound, movie and movement. …


I think you’re serious. Fishes in plastic bags don’t move a lot.
Plastic bag top left. Two fishes. Moving fast.
Plastic bag middle right. One fish. Moving slowly.
Plastic bag top right . Three fishes. Not moving.
Plastic bag bottom left. Four fishes. Moving fast.

Project Description

When you go on a journey you have a goal. Most of the time you have a particular place in mind and an idea of what you are going to do there. Most people follow a certain path and even plan their whole trip from the beginning to the end. A map helps you to orientate yourself in unknown places. If you get lost you asked google maps where you are and it leads you to your chosen location. But what happens if you get lost? Maybe you end up somewhere you never would have expected.
What does it feel like to get lost, being a stranger in Hong Kong?

Practice 2: Renaturalization

As a martial art, T’ai Chi is externally a soft exercise, but internally hard, even as it seeks softness. If we are externally soft, after a long time we will naturally develop internal hardness. It’s not that we consciously cultivate hardness, for in reality our mind is on softness. What is difficult is to remain internally reserved, to possess hardness without expressing it, always externally meeting the opponent with softness. Meeting hardness with softness causes the opponent’s hardness to be transformed and disappear into nothingness.

Mission Statement

F(increasing volume and speed): Humor, Nonsens, Absurdity, Humbug, Rubbish, Poppycock, Piffle, FlimFlam, FiddleFaddle, Malarkey, Flapdoodle, Bushwa, Tomfoolery, Bosh, Folderol.
during this listing the sergeant dies of an heart attack & so he gets reanimated by the three privates, but the scene goes on without any comment about it
S: I thought your work was gonna be about „Plants. Plants. Plants. Plants. Plants. Plants. Plants. and Personalities and Identities“.
B: Well, that was just some sort of „Topical Island“.

about the working process

Blanket! Rope!
Somehow these two phrases became the major key words of the performance. We had our meeting under the blanket, and prepared the tryout performance of the rope in park with elementary school children. How a child play with flashlight under the blanket in the middle of the night, telling stories to their siblings or friends? How exactly did we play? Hong Kong was the tireless energy that pushed and embraced us. There were moments when the energy seemed to be overwhelming, suffocating even like a blanket on the face, strangling like a robe on the chest. Still there were also moments of pure naïve, and Hong Kong gave you whole freedom to play. The contradiction of city as a playground or a gigantic concrete jungle are the two contradictions we began to rationalize in the performance, and a crucial dynamic for us to come around.

work in progress

Slowly walking. With a lack of body-tension. The people in the MTR are “schlärpälä”, but not with coziness. More with a hecticness, as if 5 seconds of waiting at the entrance would really make a difference. But maybe this is the best way of walking in this city. Not too stressed, and still not being relaxed.


  The delicate dribble of water on the cheek, The remnant smell of espresso, *PAK* – snapping chopsticks, and the lingering taste of orange citrus. These are the sensations of the ordinary. If life gives us a tabula rasa, sensations are our tools. Sensations are perceivable by all of us, though often neglected. With a certain consciousness, we can bring these sensations to our awareness. To be reminded of the humbling existence of our kind. To feel sensations. To react to these feelings. To feel the feelings. Inspired by the somatosensory experience, we play with the most mundane objects of every life. We activate our senses. We discover new ways to sense and be sensed. We explore the absence and presence of sensations. They come in waves, changing as frequently as our perceptions of them. One by one, we help each other through a somatosensory journey that he or she will remember for a lifetime. Our video serves as an expression of these very experiences. The production enabled us to think about our sensations from a different perspective. By examining methodically …

Self questions (Ida):

If I leave the door and exit the `European compound` I become a stranger, because I do not understand the language and a lot of things that I see, I experience them differently than things that I know and I am used to. But I enjoy this situation a lot, because my senses are much more open. I feel like a child, seeing, smelling things for the first time.Through this situation of being a stranger I am confronted with my own perception, my values and my limitations. I see myself mirrored in other people that I pass on the street.

Mission Statement

A series of experiments around the process of disappearing – physically or metaphorically, temporarily and at least partially

“In Chinese tradition (…), matters concerning the psyche and attainment of deeper insight are approached via the body, not via the cognitive reflection.” (Jörg Huber)

Linked and inspired by this basic idea of Taiji, we will develop an artistic practice based on bodily experience and practical experiments, involving our different cultural backgrounds as well as our common state as foreigners in Hongkong. Each of us is proposing experiments which we will try to realize together. We understand this act of realisation as a performance and at the same time as reflection and research which will lead us to further experiments.

Group Manual to ‘The ABC of Actions on Human Connection’

First we probably talked more about our group than about what we want to do. Because we are the big group, we  always had to work on how we organize our group. We found a possible working format in ‘The ABC of Actions on Human Connection’. The Idea is to realize 26 little actions which focus on what we all have as common ground: The believe in human connection. To work on the 26 actions for the next 6 weeks, we developed following group manual:   GROUP MANUAL  ..(to be tested & refined in Eggtion).. Theme We all believe in human connection; this is what we want to focus on; it is our main theme. Presentation Thursday Goal of the group: to make a presentation about the work in progress before, during (in case it is not disturbing or it’s achieving something artistically), or after the lecture. The presentation is a composition of all works made by during the week. The composition of the presentation is decided in the afternoon by all members.The presentation can be any kind …