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Sharing Session: As you go… roads under your feet, towards the new future

Jul 10, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Speakers: Biljana Ciric (interdependent curator), Sinkneh Eshetu (writer), Yabebal Fantaye (astrophysicist and data scientist), Robel Temesgen (artist), Jasphy Zheng (artist)
Moderator: Zheng Peihan (Interim Education Manager of Rockbund Art Museum)
Zoom ID: 827 5362 1666
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On Saturday 10 July, 6pm HKT, partner cells of project As you go… roads under your feet, towards the new future, which is a long-term project intertwined with the research project CURTAIN, is bringing a sharing session introducing the project, practices and research, progress and stories behind the project.

As you go… roads under your feet, towards the new future is a long-term research project centring around the unheard voices and raising awareness about the shared issues underlying different contexts, ranging from China to the Balkan peninsula, from Ethiopia to Central Asia. Through building a collective knowledge platform organised around the principles of ‘organic cells’ of the research—the collaborations which span individuals, small-scale organisations, and state-run and private museums, forming a close-knit atmosphere to engage in an entirely novel form of collaboration.

During the event, Biljana Ciric, interdependent curator who initiated and conceived this project, is going to introduce partner cells and the As you go… roads under your feet, towards the new future project with a panel discussion, which share not only research, but also modes of working based on relationality and interdependence.

Artists and partner cells Jasphy Zheng and Robel Temesgen, whose works are on view in Curtain, will introduce their artistic concepts. Through immersive installations, unannounced performances, sculptural objects, and artist’s books, Jasphy Zheng, an interdisciplinary artist who lives between Brooklyn and China, constructs and realises scenarios of public intervention that aim to raise awareness of our social and cultural environments in and out of the context of contemporary art. Robel Temesgen is an artist practicing painting that encompasses elements of performance, installation, video, and collaborative projects. Through reimagining local artefacts and cultures, such as ‘Nu Bunna Tetu’ coffee pots and protective adbar spirits, Temesgen connects people, both local and ‘strangers’ who constitute part of his continued interest in the socio-political dynamics of the social, sociality, and sociability.

Co-founders of Astrobus-Ethiopia, Yabebal Fantaye and Sinkneh Eshetu, as partner cells of As you go…, will also discuss their project, especially the third six-day trip they undertook in May 2021, which reached seven schools in three cities and about 3,500 students. Astrobus-Ethiopia as one of the commissions by As you go… is a project to stimulate a culture of scientific thinking in Ethiopia by promoting science-art-technology-innovation education and creating public awareness around it. By bus, the project went to different locations in Ethiopia to provide an opportunity for the public to explore, learn, and understand the main elements of modern civilisation, and how these are realised, i.e. how ideas are created, imagined, tested, mixed, visualised, transformed, and then applied to help improve the state of the world. In practice, scientists, astronomers, artists, writers, and filmmakers have jumped on the bus in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and embarked on a journey of knowledge sharing in many places.