A collaboration between Hong Kong based non-profit organisations, POP-UP Studio-X Shenzhen, and the Value Factory at the Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen
22 February 2014 –This one-day programme critically examines the production and shaping of narratives around cultural regeneration projects like the Value Factory, a rehabilitated floating glass factory in Shekou, Shenzhen, where the Biennial takes place.
As more and more sites, from heritage to industrial, are repurposed to house creative industries in the name of ‘preservation,’ we need to deliberate questions of sustainability and the formation of creative spaces in a capitalistic context and the commodification of cultural industries both past and present.
Through screenings, discussions, and site tours, this programme examines the relationship of heritage site renewal to gentrification and its effects on the local as well as the place of autonomous practice in a highly industrialised world.
Opening with legendary filmmaker’s celebrated silent film Modern Times (1936), a critical commentary on the labor, employment, and fiscal conditions subjected on people in the industrialised world after the Great Depression, the first part of the programme will focus on the definitions of preservation and consider for whom such cultural renewal is for. Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) Creative Director Ole Bouman, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Art Director Artistic Director of the Shenzhen Art Museum scholar and artist will contribute to the discussion.
The second part of the programme begins with a screening of Whose Utopia (2007), local Guangzhou artistfilm about the interplay of factory workers’ dreams and their conflicts with the realities of modern life in China’s rapidly expanding industrial cities. The following discussion will use the PRD region as a starting point to examine practices that while inhabiting the creative industry also heed to the needs and wants of the local. Speakers include architect and Director of Global Programming at Studio-X New York , architect , architect and Associate Professor in the faculty of architecture at Hong Kong University , and artists
Using the occasion of the Urbanism/Architecture Biennale as a platform to question the role of creative development in former industrial areas, these programmes hope to broaden the framework of both urbanism and architecture beyond the cultural sphere to include the local, the industrial, and the vernacular of the PRD.
This event is organised by The School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Asia Art Archive, Para Site Art Space, The Ink Society and Hong Kong Arts Festival in collaboration with POP-UP Studio-X Shenzhen and The Value Factory at the Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen.