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Metropolis Strip(p)ed Symposium

Apr 22, 2005


The Substation, Singapore

A matter of ownership: dialogues on art and cultural space of Singapore and Hong Kong

A special forum involving artists, architects and critics from Hong Kong and Singapore.


Synopsis of presentations


Stories of our home

Tim Li 

The Public Housing Development, housing half of the Hong Kong population, has been the major apparatus in the urbanization process in Hong Kong. The stories outlining five decades of Public Housing Development provide a starting point in re-thinking the concept of “home” in the unrelenting modernization.



MAP Office/ Gutierrez + Portefaix

The presentation is on how to consider a city as a laboratory – HK LAB and HK LAB2. How new business, art work, strategies emerge from Hong Kong as a laboratory to develop new ideas.


Urban space in Hong Kong cinema and video

Linda Lai

A broad visual survey of the domestic space and urban landscape in mainstream cinema/TV and independent videos finds intricate articulations of conflicting desires for home and city.  Modernized city space and housing can be the subject of celebration, the source of conflict, a casual backdrop, or simply an excuse for other hidden desires.  Issues are multiple: class-based, gender-based, of contingent discourse formations, and lustful appropriation…  Some eye-catching keywords: tenement housing, Lion Rock, public housing, Chungking Mansion, and many more postcard icons…


Donut/face, video database of urban space of Hong Kong

Reine Wong 

Donut/face, a collaboration of Kongkee and Reine Wong, is a database to present 50 stock-keeping video clips captured by a tool for 360˚ panoramic shooting over the course of a year. The artists drifted through the cityscape with this tool, bringing in all the donut imagery. They stock-keep these clips without converting the images into a VR panoramic vision, and categorize them into three different tropes.


Jaspar Lau

The tide is changing. But will the cultural awakening under Hong Kong’s economic downturn last?


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.



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Jun 2 – Jul 3, 2005
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NO SPACE FOR TIME: two separate works about Singapore’s impossible history

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Jun 4, 2005
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Gallery Talk: A Matter of Ownership: dialogues on art and cultural space of Hong Kong and Singapore, Part 2

Guest Speaker: Weng Choy Lee, Artistic Co-director, The Substation in Singapore

Moderator: Linda Lai Chiu Han

With participation of other Hong Kong artists and speakers from the part I of this project in Singapore, namely, Oscar Ho Hing Kay, Jaspar Lau Kin Wah, Leung Chi Wo, Tim Li, Ellen Pau, Map Office/ Gutierrez + Portefaix, Sara Wong Chi Hang, Reine Wong Kit Shun and more



Catalogue (2005/pro_3/box 18/2)