Fundamentally Hong Kong? DELTA FOUR 1984-2044
Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Showcase of Hong Kong’s Architectural Excellence
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) jointly organize the exhibition titled “Fundamentally Hong Kong? - DELTA FOUR 1984 - 2044 ” (建基香港 - 三角四方 1984 - 2044) to participate as Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia under the sponsorship by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
The Organizers are pleased to announce that Mr Alvin Yip, Dr Doreen Liu and LWK & Partners have been appointed curators of the exhibition following a public call for proposals. The curators have long experience in curating similar exhibition including the debut of HKIA and ADC’s collaboration at International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia in 2006 and organizing the Hong Kong part of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) 2011 and 2013. In response to Rem Koolhaas’ overall theme of “Fundamentals: Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014”, the Curatorial Team has developed concepts for the exhibition in retrospective of 30 years after Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed in 1984, projecting possibilities of Hong Kong and neighbouring Pearl River Delta's urban development in 30 years onward.
Hong Kong and neighbouring Pearl River Delta (PRD) is arguably one of the most complex, controversial and contemporary spatial developments in history and today. Despite differences in language, identity, value, education, wealth, desire, ritual and even driving direction, eleven compact cities in the PRD are rapidly connecting to one another to form a seamless ‘one-hour living zone’- that anticipates a hundred million in population, tens of trillion in GDP combined, and four new strategic development zones.
Four short films will capture, through human eyes, stories and people who live and move among these emerging locales and systems. Traveling through borders and crossings, land and water, home and community, marriage and departure, an experience of Hong Kong and its neighbour cities shall be intertwined in an ending screening. The camera, essentially a critique of the masterplan, is here to tell missing connections and deliberations in social mobility, social infrastructure, and social innovation in need. Do architect and planner here resolve, or further create disparities? Does architecture simply contain, or actually improve life?
In Venice and beyond, we invite the world’s wisdom, imagination, and perhaps new possibilities of architecture for the Hong Kong and PRD future.
THEMES OF PAST HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATIONS AS COLLATERAL EVENTS
2006 - VICE VERSA: displacing Acts, Lives and Thresholds of a Hyper City
2008 - Making of the Hong Kong Exhibition and the Making of Hong Kong
2010 - Quotidian Architecture
2012 - Inter Cities / Intra Cities: Ghostwriting the Future
“Fundamentally Hong Kong? Delta Four 1984 - 2044”, Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
Date: 5 June 2014 (Opening Ceremony); 5-6 June 2014 (Preview); 7 June - 23 November, 2014 (Open to public)
Venue: Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126, 30122 Venice
PROFILE OF THE ORGANIZERS AND CURATORS
About The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
HKIA is the professional body of architects in Hong Kong incorporated under Ordinance. The Institute has around 170 Fellows, more than 3,900 Members and around 800 Associates, Affiliates, Graduate Members and Student Members. Our Corporate Membership included 173 Registered Practices. The Institute is governed by a Council consisting of 20 Members, and has a representative office in Beijing.
HKIA aims to advance architectural education and practices in Hong Kong as well as to promote and facilitate the acquisition of knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith. The Institute is committed to raising the standard of architectural creativity in Hong Kong.
About Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC)
Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) is a statutory body set up by the government to plan, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, the ADC is also committed to facilitating community wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on arts policy research. The ADC has taken part in International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Veneziasince 2006.
Independent Curator and Director of Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mr Alvin Yip’s curatorial projects break new ground at home and internationally, notably DETOUR, the largest young designer festival in the region, and VICE VERSA, debut of Hong Kong in Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006. He has exhibited in Rome, London, Barcelona, Helsinki, Istanbul, Berlin, Bilbao, Moscow, Cologne, Paris, Shanghai amongst other cities. Alvin was a winner of HKIA Award in 2007, Rome Scholar in 2004, Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2011 and Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service on HKSAR 2010 Honours List.
Founder & Principal of NODE (Nansha Original Design) in Hong Kong and Nansha, Guangzhou; Adjunct Associate Professor at School of Architecture, CUHK. She received MArch from UC Berkeley and Doctor of Design at Harvard University.
Dr Doreen Liu’s research focuses on contemporary urbanism and architecture in the Pearl River Delta. Her and her office architectural works have been widely published in many international & domestic professional magazines including Architectural Record, Domus and Abitare, etc. She and her office also have been invited to participate in various architectural and art exhibitions including Shanghai Biennale, Guangzhou Triennial, Shenzhen Architecture & Urbanism Biennale, Venice Biennale and Rotterdam Architectural Biennale, and etc. In 2012, Doreen with her firm NODE is nominated as one of five international emerging architects for Audi Urban Future Initiative awards (AUFA).
LWK & Partners (HK) Ltd. (Ivan FU)
Mr Ivan Fu, Director of LWK & Partners, has over 20 years experience in architectural industry. He is a Registered Architect and Authorized Person recognized in Hong Kong SAR. He is a class 1 registered architect in the PRC and also served as an evaluation expert member of the Shenzhen Construction Bureau (深圳市住屋和建設局建築工程評標專家庫專家成員). In public services, Ivan is a member of the Town Planning Board, Construction Worker Registration Authority, APSEC, Building and Civil Engineering Training Board VTC.
LWK & Partners (HK) Ltd is a comprehensive architectural service provider established since 1985. LWK participates in the fast-pace urbanization of Pearl River Delta. LWK has participated various architecture and art events incl. Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) 2011 and 2013, "Heritage × Arts × Design (HAD) Walk Project × Tai Po & Fanling 2014", and initiated a series of Green Building forums in Shenzhen with China Green Building Council since 2012.
Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
For general administrative matters, please contact the Organizer:
HKIA Secretariat Ms. Sarah TAM
Tel: (852) 2805 7335 or (852) 2511 6323
For curatorial and media matters, please contact Curatorial Team:
Curatorial Team Project Manager Ms. Janet LUI
Tel: (852) 9123 7695
Happiness Forecourt = Largo da Felicidade =開心前地
Collateral event of the 14thInternational Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Organiser: Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau (I.C.M.) www.icm.gov.mo/en/
Curator: Departamento do Patrimonio Cultural doInstituto Cultural (Cultural Heritage Department)
Collaborator: Architects Association of Macau (A.A.M.) www.macaoarchitects.com
Participants: Mr Ung Vai Meng (President of theI.C.M.), Mr Cheong Cheok Kio (Head of the Cultural Heritage Department of theI.C.M.), Mr Carlos Alberto dos Santos Marreiros (President of the Fellow Members Council of the A.A.M.), Mr Leong Chong In (President of the A.A.M.), Ms Leong Wai Man (Supervisor / I.C.M), Mr Alexandre Lou (Senior Technician / I.C.M), Mr João Ó (Architect / A.A.M.), Mr André Lui (Architect / A.A.M.), Mr Nuno Soares (Architect / A.A.M.), Mr Ryan Lai (Architect / A.A.M.), Mr Joaquim Cheong, Mr Rex Chon (Graphic Design Consultants)
Commissioner: Paolo De Grandis
Coordinator: PDG Arte Communications www.artecommunications.com
Venue: Campo della Tana Castello 2126/A
Preview: 5th, 6th June 2014
Opening to public: 7th June - 23th November 2014
Opening times: 10 am - 6 pm
Extra opening times: 10 am - 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays until 27th September; closed on Mondays (except June 9 and November 17, 2014)
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Happiness Forecourt = Largo da Felicidade =開心前地 is organized by Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau S.A.R. Government of the People’s Republic of China, in cooperation with Architects Association of Macau, are pleased to present a collateral exhibition that addresses the theme of Fundamentals by taking into account the unique cultural hybridisation in Macau, the blending of the East and West, and many facets that reflect the dynamic mixed cultures.
By definition, the forecourt (“Largo”, “前地”) is an urban void created by the confluence of two or more streets or the enlargement of one street surrounded by emblematic buildings, which essential function has been in time appropriated as a public space for social gatherings, pedestrian circulation, resting place and also a playground for important events or cultural festivals.
In reference to Macau, this urban morphology conveys the harmonious coexistence of two contrasting cultures, i.e. the forecourt of Portuguese and Chinese cultures, which can be observed in its unique living conditions, architectural features, and rich cultural identity. In this sense, this forecourt encapsulates the idea of a cultural symbiosis and manifests both countries joint effort to maintain a balanced and enduring partnership through time.
The title itself constitutes a statement of this blending: a playful translation in several languages, being obviously the Chinese and Portuguese the official languages of the Region, it advocates the necessity to include different idioms in order to understand the depth of its whole assertion. In Macau, this is particularly true in street names, where historiography can be traced by only one of its idiomatic versions, which may vary by case, resulting in parallel readings that add an invaluable understanding to the subject matter.
In this exhibition, Happiness Forecourt is a fictional space comprised of several installations, each with its own take on the theme. The singularity of these proposals demonstrate the freshness and intended provocations to tackle the diversity of situations arisen from the public domain. Inspired by certain elements, which were then isolated from the social context and transformed into a design principle, this strategic action is made clear to convert an ordinary object into a cultural asset, resulting in design proposals that could be in fact implemented in reality.
The Space that Remains: Yao Jui-Chung’s “Ruins” Series
Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Organization: National Taiwan University of Arts
Exhibitor: YAO Jui-Chung
Curator: YANG Wen-I
Coordinator: PDG Arte Communications
Sede: Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701
Preview: 5th, 6th June 2014
Open to the public: 7th June – 30th August 2014
Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm
Extra Opening times: 10 am – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays until 30th August; closed on Mondays (except 9th June 2014)
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“Architecture” is not just about construction. Every man-made structure bears the germ of its own destruction, of its becoming a ruin. Ruins are architecture’s “other” that is waiting within, bound to become “The Space that Remains”. It is in reference to Giorgio Agamben’s essay “The Time that Remains” that this exhibition title has been chosen, a text discussing the “Letter to the Romans” and St. Paul’s role in early Christianity’s critical period of transition. Could there be something in that residual time, charged with messianic expectation, as Agamben suggests, that might contrapuntally be applicable to that what remains of buildings in our current, global post-capitalistic society?
The exhibition, The Space that Remains: Yao Jui-Chung’s ‘Ruins’ Series, touches upon the afterlife of building not from the position of its makers, users, or providers, but from the act of a reader. In his passionate and idiosyncratic manner, Yao Jui-Chung (1969 - ) has been in search of discarded, unused, and abandoned buildings all over his home country since the early 1990s. As a result, he has gathered a significant documentary archive of black and white photographs of Taiwanese ruins.
A prolific art writer, critic, photographer, painter and video artist, Yao deals with the objects of his photographic explorations by negating any systematic order and assuming perspectives and camera angles seemingly chosen at random, with no regard for completeness. All ruins are viewed from a personal point of view that is neither journalistic, nor documentary nor voyeuristic. Yet paradoxically, it is exactly from this random perspective that we experience a sense of closeness to these structures, becoming a reader ourselves, reflecting, intersubjectively, on the fate of the ruins and their past and future.
While Giorgio Agamben’s The Time that Remains provided for the inspiration for the exhibition title, it is, however, Michel Serres’ Natural Contract that deserves more attention. Though circumscribed by nature, ruins are unequivocally man-made, yet have drifted out of the orbit of human awareness. Would a newfound responsibility for them, a “ruins contract”, not be appropriate to deal with these testimonies of former human activities?
One of the general themes of this year’s Architecture Biennale is the concept of historical reflection, and it is a look back into the past – albeit an emotional, almost mystical one – that also informs this exhibition. Out of an impressive corpus of images, thirty intense and poetic black and white photographs grouped in several series and one video have been selected, that show remnants of aboriginal structures, unique Han Chinese residential buildings on the Pescadores Islands, erratic examples of 20th century Western-style architecture, iconic industrial ruins, and the somber postwar architecture on a prison island for political dissidents.
National Taiwan University of Arts is very pleased to announce its second participation in La Biennale di Venezia. After the successful exhibition Rhapsody in Green, a Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition last year, NTUA is proud to be part of this year’s Biennale Architecture, presenting Yao Jui-Chung, one of the most engaged and prolific artists of Taiwan, with his photographic Ruins series created since 1991. It is our belief thatthis concise show, arranged in seven groups that pinpoint major themes in Taiwan’s history, will contribute to a new awareness of a question that is in fact a global one, namely the question how to deal with man-made structures that have ceased to be man-used.