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Whispers of Another Other

The children’s game “Chinese Whispers” is the starting point of a reflection on biases within communication. By including artificial intelligence as a player, we confront ourselves with the notion of “Othering”. Image generating and captioning software is looped together to exacerbate the system’s biases, while an AI voice calling on a telephone complains about its work being criticized.

TC 2022 – Online Information Event

Ready for a new adventure? On 29 March 2022 we are happy to share some information about the upcoming Transcultural Collaboration, International Semester Programme. Online Information Event29 March 2022 11.00 – 12.00 London12.00—13.00 Zurich18.00 – 19.00 Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei19.00 – 20.00 Tokyo Zoom: https://zhdk.zoom.us/j/5568218974Password: 468588

Trailer & Final presentations shown at One Minute Space

On 10 and 11 December, the participants of the 2021 Transcultural Collaboration programme presented their works at One Minute Space in Athens. The exhibition covers a wide range of topics. We invite you to take a look at the projects and be inspired. Projects presented: The Toilet II: What traces remain? Where do you come from? Kin Feasting Access Point microwave~d Looking Through Water Common Ground Group

TC2021 - Hello Athens

Hello Athens ??

TC21 officially started a few weeks ago. We touched down in Athens and took our first steps towards an enriching collaboration. Come back soon for more program insights and to learn more about this year’s participants and projects.

Week 15, The Last Goodbyes

Clean up Individual Feedback Talks Questionnaire Goodbye Trip To Engelberg Goodbye Dinner in Engelberg After packing and cleaning up the last remains of the final presentations at Toni Areal, we packed all our warmest clothes to go up to the mountains. Engelberg was our destination to calm down from all the excitement – and yes – stress of the past weeks. But also and mainly, to get together as a group one last time again for some quality time before we all part ways. We ate, drank, danced, cooked, threw snow balls, chit-chatted, played, discussed, hugged, made promises to not lose touch and went up the mountain in a gondola to go sledding. Thank you for your effort, your energy, ideas, courage, your strengths and weaknesses, for sharing emotions, insights, believes and concerns. Thank you for many moments of laughter, tension, anticipation, of desperation, tears, of quarrel, helplessness, achievement, success, of fear, rage and joy and happiness. And after all, thank you for new friends and companions.CAN.

Week 14, Zurich

Set up incl. technician Rehearsals Mentoring sessions and coaching Final rehearsals Group Dinner Inaugural Conference and Official Launch of Shared Campus Final presentations Friday and Saturday Final party Clean up After three intensive months in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Zurich, this is the highlight and peak of the semester programme: at the end of the week the final presentations were due.Especially in the last few weeks, after arriving in Zurich, the anticipation and tension has increased once again. The pressure was tangible, the nerves were strained. Many have been tied to their beds with the flu for a couple of days. Nevertheless, all the groups and mentors worked at full speed, stayed for night shifts to be ready for the final presentations on Friday and Saturday night. And when Friday came, everyone was ready and excited. The spots were installed, sound checked, costumes fit, make up done. The halls filled with curious visitors fairly quickly. Also, many conference guests stayed, to immerse themselves either in conversations or some of the performances/installations. Thank you to all …

Week 12 and 13, Zurich

Location and exhibition space sighting Zurich University of the Arts Team work prototyping Mentoring sessions and coaching Presentations incl. technician First mark through Group Lunch The last two weeks were fully dedicated to the upcoming final performances and installations on Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th. The participants worked individually in their groups, checking in with the mentors, Dimitri, Ricardo, Maximilian, Elizabeth, Nuria and Daniel to discuss their plans from time to time. After the exhibition in Shanghai, almost all the groups mixed into new constellations again. Kian and Yuyus work evolves around social atmospheres. Seain and Nick joined Lena, Leal, Milos and Rae. Their working title is FLUX. Gloria and Joe were joined by Timo. They are staging an item shop. Raúl and Lambert formed a new team and are dedicated to the topic of language. Rose and Cindy have joined the group BouDai12. Now nine members in total, they continue to work around the subject of the political situation in HK: Aline, Harisson, Tobi, Colin, Duy, Cass, Riar, Rose and Cindy. Brooke, …

Tea with Zhao Chuan

Zhao Chuan is a writer, curator and theatre director of Grass Stage, an independent Chinese theatre collective. The alternative, socially engaged performances of his theatre productions take place in public spaces: They turn restaurants, construction sites or lecture halls into stages. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to talk about the work. Zhao Chuan explores, challenges, critically questions and criticizes different social aspects. Liv, Tobi, Aline, Duy and Colin met him for an open talk on the terrace of the old villa where the programme’s Shanghai exhibition took place. Liv: Tobi, Aline, Duy and Colin, you have been invested in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and your work in Shanghai also evolves around it. Given the political situation, the museum officials have stressed that we are not allowed to touch sensitive topics. In the first mark through you had to come up with a cover story. How do you deal with the tie of not being able to address the subject of your work?  Aline: My feelings towards the censorship …

Week 11, Arriving in Zurich

Reflection Shanghai Lecture The Phantom of Zurich and From a social Movement to a perfect Hedonistic Lifestyle by Daniel Späti Input on Collaboration by Dimitri de Perrot Workshop Introduction Group building and idea development Input on Bonds & Ties by Ricardo Eizirik After traveling from Shanghai to Zurich over the weekend individually, we all met again at TONI Areal. Still jetlagged and drained from the intense weeks at McaM Shanghai, many participants fell ill. Temperatures were low and so was the energy level. Nevertheless, the program picked up on Tuesday with the introduction of Dimitri, Max and Ricardo: New mentors, who will be accompanying us through the last phase in Zurich.  There was a space for the groups to reflect upon the opening event in Shanghai and to give feedback. The main tenor of the They also discussed whether they wanted to stay in the current groups or split and rearrange. Some groups were very sure about splitting up, like the What’s Next group and some groups were certain they wanted to stay together. Eventually, …

Week 10, Shanghai

Group Work Set up and rehearsals Opening Event at McaM Shanghai Goodbye Dinner Shanghai Flights to Zurich The abandoned villa on the premises of the museum turned more and more into a bustling work space. As the days grew nearer to the opening event on Saturday, one could feel the tension rising. The groups were busy ordering material on Taobao, getting to work a functioning internet connection, installing sound and tv screens, building big wood structures and experimenting with different material. While some groups had a clear vision how their work will look like and were rehearsing the detailed schedule of their performance, others dealt with a minor crisis and dismissed many ideas they had come up so far: Only to begin at square one to start working even more focused. When Saturday came, all the groups were ready and eager to present their work at the opening event. It was an exciting and successful afternoon with many curious visitors who joined. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to everyone involved at McaM …

Week 9, Shanghai

First sighting of exhibition space at Ming Contemporary Art Museum Screening of Documentary Shanghai Youth Talk with Christopher Connery on cultures & the definition of groups Introduction on censorship Talk with Zhao Chuan on Shanghai radical art scene from 1970 t0 1990 Meet up with local artists, FU KA Independent Art Space Visit Rockbund Museum: Hugo Boss Asia Art Awards & Emerging Asia Artists Excursion to Jiading Confucian Temple & China Imperial Examination System Museum Excursion to Shanghai Arts and Design Academy, Chinese Traditional Crafts Group work Mentoring and technical organisation It was a fully packed first week in Shanghai. The convenient comfort of knowing a place we built in Hong Kong, was gone. Fresh start, new city, new questions – at least for most of the participants in the program: How do we order taxis, how do we buy a metro ticket to get around easily? Where are the good places to eat? Where do we get supplies for our group project? Which app is the best to translate Mandarin? How do you say …

Urban Co-habitation in Disappearance: Street Cat Photography and Animal Advocacy in Hong Kong

Dr. Fiona Y. W. Law, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong In the age of digital photography, online social media has been devoted to sharing and circulating ‘cute’ images of the animals we encounter every day. Responding to this urban phenomenon, this talk addresses the relationship between visualization of street cats, aesthetic trends in animal representations, global consumerism, and urban renewal through examining various street cat photos taken in Hong Kong. While taking photos of street cats is often understood as a habit voyeuristic pleasure (like the cat version of moekbang, live streaming cats checking out food areas), many of these image also capture the difficult lives of street cats who struggle to survive in the concrete jungle (especially in times of tear-gazed neighbourhoods). The talk also discussed how these images often juxtapose the fragmentary (omni)presence of these feline residents and ruin-like environment of the old districts, resulting in a photographic critique of both the city’s ignorance to animal welfare and a visual reminder of how the city itself has been undergoing mutations …

Week 8, Goodbye Hong Kong

Group Work Mentoring Sessions Silent presentations Bye-bye Dinner Travel to Shanghai on trains and planes The last week in Hong Kong started with the silent presentations on Tuesday. Each group had 30 mins to present research findings, concrete plans and ideas or experimental material from their running project. Projects that will be exhibited in Ming Contemporary Museum in Shanghai. Before we all had to say a temporary goodbye to some Hong Kong locals and a final farewell to the city, we enjoyed a great dinner altogether at a typical wet market restaurant in Kowloon City. On Friday, we travelled to our next destination. Within 8 hours the high-speed train took us through Mainland China to Shanghai, where the program continues for 2 weeks.

Week 7, Hong Kong

Individual group work Mentoring sessions After a full week of intense group formation in the last week, the following have teamed up together for the next phase and the exhibition at Ming Contemporary Museum in Shanghai. They all worked individually and met with Daniel, Nuria and Simon for mentoring sessions. Cindy, Yuyu, Raúl and Timo’s topic revolves around the broad question of ‘where do we come from and where do we go next?’. They work with the keywords, information and communication, space, time, change and environment. Seain, Gloria and Joe work with the feeling of obsession, expectation and attraction to objects. Milos, Rae, Lena and Leal have been looking at different social phenomenons; new identity, make up, voguing, live streaming as well as Chinese classical dance and traditional opera. Lisa, Nick and Lambert deal with the topic of voluntary loss. Tobi, Harrison, Aline, Riar, Duy, Cass, Colin worked on interviews. Money, Brooke, Rafael, Rose and Nuriia worked with the keywords ‘Sleep, Absence and More’. They took time to experiment within different activities, such as field trips, improv sessions or …

In Process with Cindy, Yuyu, Timo and Raúl

Working collaboratively can be inspiring and challenging at the same time. ‘In Process’ is a series of small reports following along each group for a day to find out how they interact and work collaboratively, what difficulties they might face and what strategies they follow. The insights offer a snippet from different stages on the way to their exhibition/performance at Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai on November 8th. In the very early days of their project, I met Cindy I-Hsin Cheng, Jia Yu Wu, Timo Raddatz and Raúl Castro Estévez on a research day hopping from gallery to gallery. Previous Next I meet Cindy, Timo, Raul and Yuyu at noon outside a multi-story building in Central. They have visited 7 galleries in the morning already. Everyone is very hungry, so Raul leads the way across the broad street, passed the tram way. We leave Chater Road, home to many luxury brand flagship stores, and walk through a back street. The concrete ground is wet, AC’s are dripping onto our heads as we pass through the tunnel-like and smelly alley. …

Week 6, Hong Kong

Feedback HART Haus Improv Week Sharing of individual learning experiences, methods, personal and professional habits Discussion “Where is the line?” Input on collaboration strategies Idea pitch for next group phase Group building After one week away at HART Haus, it was almost like coming home to AVA Kai Tak Campus. We started off sitting in a circle to discuss the previous workshop with Simon and Andreas at HART Haus. For all of the students, the public performance was an exciting evening, which they enjoyed very much. Some found themselves in a performing mode, they had never experienced before and were very surprised about themselves and about how good they felt. However, not everyone felt comfortable with the structure of the workshop. Some had different expectations about the format of an improvisation week. Other feedback included, that the performance night was somehow too structured to have the label of improvisation. Some also would have preferred to work as a whole group instead of splitting in smaller groups. In the end, it was an experiment for everyone …

Problem Solving in the Collaborative Process

Working collaboratively can be inspiring and challenging at the same time. Working in a transcultural group, in which you don’t share the same mother tongue and have different approaches to work processes and ethics can be even more demanding. Thus, the questions on how to deal with idea exchanges, defining roles, group dynamics such as communication and feedback culture and how to manage expectations are crucial to talk about in advance. The students each discussed a set of problems or challenges they might face in working together and tried to come up with different solutions. Some approaches were a little more playful than others. The left column defines a potential problem, while the right column suggests a possible way to deal with it. Challenge/Problem  Possible Solution When do we define tools, before or during producing? The question is hard to answer generally. The times to define tools differ for each project or discipline. It might be best to just try out new and different tools; ask yourself what you can do and what you want …

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 …

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).

Hong Kong Identity as a Global Laboratory

Gordon Matthews, Professor of Anthropology The Lecture discussed how cultural identity in today’s world is shaped. He distinguished between the discourse of the state, that “you must love, cherish and defend your country”, and the discourse of the market, that “one can buy, do, and be anything in the world that one wants.” Most people in the developed world take both of these discourses for granted; but many people in Hong Kong have only known one, the discourse of the market. The talk considered Hong Kong as a laboratory for the world in terms of cultural identity. Are many Hong Kongers, in their inability to comprehend “loving one’s country”, blind in a world where everyone else can see? Or are they sane in a world where everyone else is insane? The discourse of the state is about loving your country. The discourse of the market means you can buy, be and do anything you choose. Every country makes different sense of loving their country as much as every individual chooses differently what they are and do. Most …