Typhoon Experiences 1997: an expression of local life experiences

Sep 30, 1997 – Oct 19, 1997
Para/Site Art Space
2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Reception
Sep 30, 1997
6:00 - 9:00pm

Live Band Performance by Chan Ho Fung, Fan Yuk Ki, Ma Lap Yin, Kith Tsang Tak Ping, Wong Hang Fei, Lo On Yee

Chan Ho Fung, Cheung Tsui Hung, Fan Yuk Ki, Kong Tak Chun, Hui Yan Yan, Ng Tze Lok, Ng Chit Hang, Ng Hoi Chi, Tong Man Yee, Wong Chin Pang, Yim Ka Mei, Yim Pui Kwan


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 Hong Kong Fringe Club, a group of Design students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 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.


Kith Tsang Tak Ping, 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.


This project is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


More materials are available to view on site at Para Site. 

Click here to see a full inventory of all archive materials and contact us at archive@para-site.art for enquiries, to request an appointment to view materials, and for archival materials donations.


The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.



related events


Oct 18, 1997

PRESS RELEASE (1997/EX_6/BOX 20/12)

Exhibition pamphlet (1997/ex_6/box 3/4)

exhibition catalogue (1997/ex_6/box 5/11)