Video editing: Florian Geisseler / Sound: Joel Schoch Hosted by one of our partners the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University on the historical premises of Kaitak Campus the 2018 edition of TC came to a spectacular end with its third and final exhibition.
Video editing: Florian Geisseler / Sound: Joel Schoch Hosted by Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM) TC’s 2018 edition displayed a myriad of installations and performances in an empty villa in Northern Shanghai.
We had a blast at the final exhibition 講咗/冇講 : SPOKEN / UNSPOKEN of this year’s TC programme! 31 young international artists presented their collaborative experiments whose overarching interest concerned expression beyond, beneath and between words. Much gratitude to everyone—from kids and students up to VIPs, grandpas and curious strangers—who cared to come over, share and experience our work. For more insight into the daily collaborations please check out our individual group portraits here and in case you want to learn more about the works themselves visit the groups’ own process documentation under Work > Hong Kong. Now, some impressions of a memorable evening…
Back in Hong Kong! For many of us, it feels more like home now. Communication is a bit easier. Getting around as well. Temperatures are mild. But more than that, it’s the establishing of daily rhythms that creates the feeling, eating at the same dumpling place again and the fact that streets, corners and spaces slowly interweave with our own stories. Last but not least, the continuous togetherness. Here we are again. All photos by Florian Geisseler.
Our partner departments at the China Academy of Art proved to be excellent hosts and did everything they could to give us a diverse insight into the school, the local culture and the surroundings. In the free time, many of us were eager to venture a bit out and into nature after the Shanghai countdown with all its taxi rides, online orders and endless concrete fly-over highways. All photos by Florian Geisseler.
Some impressions from the memorable opening of our Shanghai exhibition 说了/ 没说 : SPOKEN / UNSPOKEN (20/10/2018). So proud! To read a review of the event click here. All photos by Peitao Chen.
The whole group went into full-on focus mode during the days preceding our exhibition opening and performance event 说了/ 没说 : SPOKEN / UNSPOKEN and turned the villa into a 24h work zone. In those busy days, Max Hanisch’s portable espresso maker was a silent but reliable supporter of the cause. Here are some behind-the-scene shots. Photos by Florian Geisseler and Franziska Meierhofer.
With poor (read: inexistent) Mandarin skills, moving around in Shanghai (as well as ordering food or asking for the toilet) is not exactly a piece of cake. Hadn’t it been for our Chinese colleagues who gracefully helped everyone navigate through the megalopolis: some of us would probably still roam its overwhelming vastness today–fairly lost on some six-lane road, trying to catch a cab without getting run over by an electro-scooter, and, of course, with an amazingly clueless look on their faces. All photos by Florian Geisseler.
TC core team member and Shanghai local Zhao Chuan took the group on a break from the intensive preparation for Saturday’s exhibition at McaM and and provided an insight into the diversity of the local art scene from underground to big shot. Literally underground is AM Art Space‘s location downtown—the first station of our tour. There, the group had the privilege to meet four local artists: Yu Ji, Coca (Dai Jian Yong), Gao Jie and Wu Meng. In the afternoon, the group gathered at the museum of contemporary art PSA (Power Station of Art) for a guided tour through the current exhibition as well as a talk by Shi Hantao, chief coordinator of the 2018 Shanghai Biennale. Photos by Florian Geisseler and Franziska Meierhofer.
Renowned Hong Kong artist and social activist Kacey Wong welcomed the group to a sunset debate at his rooftop studio on Aberdeen Island. The evening encompassed discussions around the strength of art works, the differences in life style, attitude and methods between artists and designers as well as the potentials, challenges and illusions around “artivism”, local real estate values and the philosophy of Hong Kong’s black kites who can easily be admired from Wong’s terrace. All photos by Florian Geisseler.
How precarious are the human and organic bodies in the concrete body of the city? How does the human scale still apply in a metropolis of the 21st century? What kind of strategies are developed by individuals to move through its tireless traffic and large-scale infrastructure? And what are the correlations between anonymity and density? All photos by Florian Geisseler.
The group’s second week in Hong Kong coincided with the annual Fire Dragon Dance in the neighbourhood of Tai Hang. Legend has it that the ritual expels ghosts and afflictions. All photos by Florian Geisseler.
On September 16, while we patiently waited inside for the black rain and violent winds of typhoon Mangkhut to pass – talking, cooking, painting and unpacking instruments all day – many of Hong Kong’s buildings, roads and trees faced severe destruction. The authorities had issued Hurricane Signal 10 for this strongest of this year’s tropical cyclones. Many of us had never experienced a storm of such force. All photos by Florian Geisseler.