A project of publication, performance and exhibition on local life experience
Hong Kong people must have experienced typhoons – the “latest weather report” on TV or radio every ten minutes, spectating the great waves at the waterfront, frustrating with the postponement of a public exam for the hoist of the typhoon signal no. 8, rushing to the supermarket for the last can of food, playing mahjong all the day.
Inspired from such down to earth typhoon experiences, in 1996 at the, a group of Design students from the staged an installation art exhibition searching for the personal/collective memory and identity. Now they are making a return, but this time at the Para/Site Art Space.
The project is divided into three parts: publication, exhibition, and performance. For the publication, essays about local life experiences by some students are compiled into a booklet. The exhibition is made by three groups of students – One group takes the theme of the daily consumer activities in our plazas. The second group talks about the restriction and limited choices offered in the local family. The last group addresses the different choices and types of freedom in this society by reconstructing the local TV game show in the form of installation art. Finally, there was a live music performance in the exhibition opening.
, Assistant Professor of the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and also the project curator hopes that all the participating students can take this opportunity to be away from the academic environment and release themselves. Freeing their memory and their self-consciousness, the students are expected to express their own experience and points of view that are the reflections of our times.
A continuation of a first collaboration effort at the Fringe Club in 1996. Typhoon Experience reconstructs a shared typhoon experience in Hong Kong by the participants, and at the same time commented on consumerism and the influences of popular culture common to their upbringing.
Thanks to the generous support of a Project Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, we will be adding more information and archival materials for this exhibition.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and archival materials donations.