is a new contemporary art festival taking place in Hamburg from August 26 to September 6, 2009. , independent project spaces, off-spaces, and research projects from 19 countries that are developing outside established institutions and disregarding commercial viability create an exciting and variegated presentation forum with exhibitions, artist’s talks, performances, concerts, readings, and video screenings. A temporary exhibition architecture consisting of ship containers and scaffoldings form an extraordinary frame for an unconventional endeavour. The design of the yet undeveloped of the is oriented towards urban planning models, citing them not without irony.
Para Site Art Space is setting up a temporary city with three ship containers. Artistshave been invited to reclaim this unusual exhibition space and create new site-specific installations. Para Site Art Space also presents the videoprogramme , which showcases 15 artists from the city. is a videprogramme that presents a selection of artists from Hong Kong that reflect on the ideas of politics, history, architecture, postcolonial issues and daily life in this territory.
presents project. Inside the cargo, photographs and video of the are on display. On top of the container, part of the circular tower structure of the is erected by using painted wood to simulate the construction of this fictional skyscraper. The outside appearance of the container is transformed as if it is the top portion of a skyscraper tower structure. The content of the juxtaposes the architectures of past and present, manmade and nature, ancient and modern, etc. The main character in this story is a not so significant and soon to be demolished modern skyscraper which is suddenly transformed into human form and drifts between reality and fantasy, endlessly searching for an ideal city. The transforms Modern Architecture from a cold poker face building into something warm, humorous and fun. Paper Architecture provokes the viewer to rethink about the greatest symbol of our civilization, the skyscraper. The project is a story about the search for utopia.
, who specializes in site-specific work with sculpture installation, has designed an umbrella recycled parachute. The installation addresses the complexities and connections between in Hamburg and . Her eclectic oeuvre reflects an underlying and profound interest in specific historical and cultural events. The process of the making of this installation also reflects on the idea of transformation and involvement by local communities in arts projects.
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.