Art Bridge Project, Hotel Stage Hotel 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan, Kowloon Hong Kong
Artists: Angela Yuen Ka Yee, Kwong Man Chun, Miu Leung, Li Tin Yan, Halley Cheng
Tony Scott was engaged by Hotel Stage, a new and dynamic hotel in Jordan, Kowloon to commission artists to participate in its inaugural Art Bridge program. The project aimed to showcasing work by both leading and emerging art practitioners. Art Stage believes that art and the art community are not only important to contemporary society but are also integral to the success of a modern and dynamic community. Art and community have a direct connection with each other, enriching the world we live in and inform the diversity of the art we encounter. In preparation for the hotels opening and in order to engage with, and be part off, Hong Kong’s dynamic contemporary culture, Art Bridge has invited a diverse community of artists to contribute to its artistic program. Art Bridge aims to tell stories of its community through different art forms, it acts as a catalyst in connecting the rich culture of the city to the hotel guests through exhibition, performance, art installation, workshops, dialogue and more.
Back to the Future, Cat Street Gallery and China Art Project – project space, Hong Kong 2015 – 2016
PHASE I 3rd December, 2015 – 16th January, 2016 / PHASE II 21st January, 2016 – 20th February, 2016
Artists: Sim CHAN 陳閃, Halley CHENG 鄭哈雷, CHIU Yin Man, Dabie 趙燕雯, Homan HO 何文聰, KO Tin Yan, Celia 高天恩, KWONG Man Chun 鄺萬春, LAW Ka Nam, Bosco 羅家南, LING Pui Sze, CC 凌佩詩, Local Studio HK 本土工作室, LUNG Yuet Ching, Joyce 龍悅程, NG KwunLun, Tony 吳觀麟, Esther POON 潘淑嫻, SIU Kwok Kin, Stanley 蕭國健, Damon TONG 唐偉傑, Cam WONG 黄麗茵, WONG Shun Chi, Vanessa 黃舜之, WONG Yin Kwan, Queenie 黃燕君, YUEN Ka Yee, Angela 阮家儀
The Cat Street Gallery and China Art Projects invited 18 Hong Kong artists to create a unique body of work for the Back to the Future exhibition. The exhibitions showcase the artists vision and inspiration, whether Back to the Future, and their long Chinese heritage or the very much shorter years of colonial history imposed upon Hong Kong society by the British, 1842 to the handover to China in 1997 or Forward to the Future and the new relationship with the Peoples Republic of China.
Tony Scott Hong Kong November 2015
Cultural Anthropology, Hotel Stage, Kowloon, Hong Kong, September – November 2015
Tricia Flanagan is an artist who takes on the role of cultural anthropologist to create an exhibition which investigates the contemporary condition of Hong Kong’s ever diminishing artisans, the stewards of our intangible cultural heritage. In doing so she challenges us to understand their work to help us frame our future. Working closely with the community she has collected stories, images and gestures to reveal the innate way craftsmen connect with their materials, where tools become extensions of their bodies, their products embracing risk more than the certainty which characterizes a digital age. The result is an installation of sculpture, sounds and images. It is about how our relationship with tools is rapidly evolving into processes of certainty rather than risk. In the past a tool’s function could be interpreted visually through its mechanical logic. Today, as computers become the tools of choice, code denotes their endlessly variable functions, the workings of these tools invisible to our senses, untouched by anyone’s senses. Workmanship of risk rather than certainty means that the craftsman’s body is in a dynamic state of flux, correcting, executing, adjusting responding to the material at hand. This reciprocity is not so much a thought process but an embodied knowledge.
Patricia Flanagan Hong Kong