Storefront International Series: Hong Kong

28. 9. 2017

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Design Trust partnered with New York-based Storefront for Art and Architecture to bring the first ever Storefront International Series to Asia and Hong Kong from 7th-9th July 2017.

Storefront International Series: Hong Kong (Storefront IS Hong Kong) was a three-day series of events that took place in contested sites across the city of Hong Kong. Events sought to address the nature of urban public life, and to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong residents.

Local and global agents from various fields presented and discussed their ideas and observations about various places within the city, bringing to the forefront a larger conversation about the cultural and physical landscapes of the region. Storefront IS Hong Kong aimed to go beyond social, disciplinary, and ideological boundaries, breaking established lines of division to produce spaces of collective thought, reflection, and ultimately, action.

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture

 

Friday, 7 July 2017

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Reading Images: Transborder Territories
Date: Friday, 7th July 2017
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou

Over the course of the ferry ride from Hong Kong to Shekou, the participants were invited to construct an argument based around an image. Focusing on the theme of “Transborder Territories”, discussion was influenced by the shifting landscapes and infrastructures outside the ferry windows, and participants created narratives and arguments surrounding the idea of migration, identity and geopolitical borders.

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Ole Bouman, Jason Hilgefort, Cole Roskam, Shirley Surya, Paul Tse, Evelyn Ting
Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu
Image contributors: Merve Bedir, Venus Lau, MAP Office, Stanley Wong

 

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Paella/Wok Series: Sharing
Date: Friday, 7th July 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 10pm
Location: Private space in Chai Wan

The Paella Series is a format that aims to produce intense conversations on delicate subjects through a space of intimacy and quotidian action, in this case cooking and eating. Mina Park and Alan Lo cooked a Paella of epic proportion for the participants, who discussed what sharing is today, what sharing will be tomorrow, and what exactly sharing is in Hong Kong. The conversation around the table became global as Eva Franch skyped in from New York, where she was hosting a Paella Breakfast Series also based around the theme of sharing.

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Merve Bedir, Rony Chan, Janice Leung Hayes, Jason Hilgefort, Michael Leung, Pi Li, Alan Lo, Lionello Lunesu, Mina Park, Michelle Poon, Ire Tsui, Markus Wernli, Pauline Yao
Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu 

Venue Partner: Mina Park

 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

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Definition Series: Smallness (Design Trust Futures Studio Public Review Session 1)
Date: Saturday, 8th July 2017
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Spring Workshop

As part of the Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review, each team from the Design Trust Futures Studio programe presented a definition of the notion of “smallness” and its impact upon micro parks and the development of the city of Hong Kong.

Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong
Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai, Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang
Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, James Chambers, Donald Choi, Patrick Hwang, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Duncan Pescod, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Ada Wong, Sara Wong, Eric Yim
Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

Venue Partner: Spring Workshop

 

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Manifesto Series: Scale (Design Trust Futures Studio Public Review Session 2)
Date: Saturday, 8th July 2017
Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Spring Workshop

As part of the Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review, the four teams from the Design Trust Futures Studio programe each presented a seven-minute manifesto, which took a position on scale in Hong Kong in relation to architecture, micro parks and public spaces.

Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong
Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai, Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang
Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Donald Choi, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Sara Wong, Eric Yim
Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

Venue Partner: Spring Workshop

 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

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Walking Series: Legibility
Date: 9thJuly 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, North Point

The Walking Series: Legibility was led by Adonian Chan, Maggie Lin, Brian Kwok, Kevin Mak and Pauline Tsang. Each expert rendered visible and legible a particular layer of the urban fabric and public life. 

Maggie Lin led us on a tour of smells of Sai Ying Pun, observing the eradication of scent as the area was gentrified. Adonian Chan discussed the use of Beiwei Kaishu typography in Sheung Wan, and Brian Kwok explored the neon signs in Wanchai. Kevin Mak took the participants on an interactive tour of North Point, encouraging participants to experience the city from different perspectives. Finally, participants were taken off the streets into the interior, to explore the senses and experiences in an interior space.

Participants: Adonian Chan, Maggie Lin, Brian Kwok, Kevin Mak, Pauline Tsang

 

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Cabaret Series: Excess (Too High Density) 
Date: 9th July 2017
Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Studio 9 design gallery and studio, Wong Chuk Hang

The Cabaret Series featured performances focused on the idea of “excess” from Ethel Baraona, Gary Chang, William Lane, Thomas Tsang, Charlotte Lafont-Hugo & Gilles Vanderstocken, and Ashley Scott Kelly. Performances ranged from interactive games about the absurdity of urban planning, to New Complexity music and performance art. Throughout the space of Studio 9, the excesses and dynamics of Hong Kong were analyzed, dissected and expressed. 

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Gary Chang, William Lane, Thomas Tsang, Charlotte Lafont-Hugo & Gilles Vanderstocken, Ashley Scott Kelly

Venue Partner: Studio 9
F&B Partner: The Coffee Academics

 

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