Archive for February, 2010

Hijacked by Woofer 10

February 19, 2010

On Wednesday 17th we had a friendly hack of our Space, when Jaspar Lau and the complaint choir of Hong Kong organised and unannounced performance. Here are some to testimony. I think I still prefer Hans Haacke though.


Art and Education Campus Leaflet

February 3, 2010

Philip Yenawine Art and Education Campus on Saturday 6th Feb

February 3, 2010

This week we have in Hong Kong educator Philip Yenawine to introduce to us his view in museum education and the VTS programme. He will

conduct a full day workshop at ADC headquarters on Saturday.

Two New Exhibitions at Para/Site Art Space in February

February 3, 2010

We open two new exhibitions on Friday 5th of February 2010, both are collaborations with different international organisations.

FAX is a project started by ICI and The Drawing Center (New York), curated by Joao Ribas. We have included 18 more artists in Hong Kong. The project is great.  Congratulations to Nadim Abbas, Huang Xiaopeng, Rem Koolhaas , Lam Hoi Sin, MAP Office, Sanna Marander, Erkka Nissinen, Prachya Phinthong, The Propeller Group, Qiu Anxiong, Pedro Reyes, Rich Streitmatter-Tran, Nestor Torrens , Wan Qingli, Adrian Wong, Doris Wong, Magdalen Wong , Morgan Wong Wing-Fat for their contribution to the show.

Move On Asia is a collaboration with LOOP Alternative Space by Jinsuk Suh, with more than 20 other curators to select 35 artists from several countries in Asia. For this edition “The End of Videoart” I included Hung Keung from Hong Kong.

Photos from Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts

February 3, 2010

This Is Hong Kong Exhibition in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts

February 3, 2010

Para/Site Art Space’s videoprogramme:

This is Hong Kong

in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts


Opening:                                (Friday) 15 January, 2010; 5pm

Exhibition:                             16 January – 28 March, 2010

Venue:                                    Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Hsueh-Yuan Road No. 1, Peitou, Taipei Taiwan

Participating artists:             Howard Cheng Chi Lai, Chow Chun Fai, S.T. Choi Sai Ho, Silas Fong, Hung Keung, Ip Yuk-Yiu, Linda Lai, Leung Chi Wo, Leung Mee Ping, MAP Office, Kingsley Ng, Adrian Wong, Kacey Wong, Woo Ling ling, Ban Zhang

Curator:                                 Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya

Organised by:                        Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

In collaboration with:            Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan




Para/Site Art Space is honoured to announce that the exhibition of This Is Hong Kong, a videoprogramme that includes 15 of the best Hong Kong contemporary artists, is going to Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.


This Is Hong Kong is a videoprogramme that presents a selection of artists from Hong Kong which reflects on the idea of politics, history, architecture, postcolonial issues and daily life in this territory. Moving image has been one of the areas favored with an intense research in the creative practice of the Hong Kong art scene, and marks a stark difference with that of mainland China, reflecting on differences in cultural background and academic training. This Is Hong Kong presents a unique visual picture of what is Hong Kong now, through an analysis from video, providing a fresh snapshot of development of the territory after postcolonial devolution in 1997.


The videoprogramme includes 16 works on video and starts with Hong Kong’s skyline in Kingsley Ng’s recreation of a light/sound score at night. Hung Keung delves us in the neighborhood of Yau Ma Tei and its underworld. Adrian Wong’s cinema engages in the rituals of the famous Chinese Triads. Meanwhile artists like Leung Chi Wo, MAP Office and Kacey Wong focus on the architectural development of the city that has created some of the most impressive designs in the world. These works partly connect also with the notion of experimental cinema, particularly Suck/Blow created by Leung Chi Wo. Howard Cheng Chi Lai builds a “tableaux” of traditional neighborhoods through the analytical work “Doors”. An intimate and personal view of Hong Kong is provided by video artists like Linda Lai and Woo Ling Ling. A more political side of Hong Kong is brought into life by Ban Zhang, whose animation searches on the notion of identity, Choi Sai Ho, who follows a political demonstration in the city, and Chow Chun Fai, reflecting on the postcolonial status of this region. Ip Yuk Yiu’s work establishes a connection with Hong Kong’s past through the film industry. Finally, Leung Mee Ping and Silas Fong dwell on the notion of the large metropolis and solitude, and inequalities of life in the big city.


After successfully being shown in LOOP Festival in Barcelona (Spain), the programme has made its trip to LOOP Alternative Space in Seoul (Korea), Hamburg’s Subvision Festival, EastSide Projects (Birmingham) and IFA Gallery (Berlin). “This is a great opportunity to show at an international level the vibrant art scene of Hong Kong”, comments the curator Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya. This international tour will conclude in Kunsthalle Wien (Austria) in March 2010.



For further information, please contact Dominique Chiu at +852 2517 4620 or



 Next stop Kunsthalle Wien! Keep tuned for this.


Review by Kat Austen from New Scientist Magazine on Grid Versus Chaos

February 3, 2010

Chaos and the city

Kat Austen, Letters and Community editor

Hidden away among a bustling Thai marketplace on Chao Phraya riverbank is a rarity – a contemporary art gallery in Bangkok. Culturally famous for temples and markets, the city hides only a few exhibition spaces of this kind, and Gallery VER is a consistent and exciting one.

It is here that a new exhibition opened this weekend: Grid versus Chaos, curated by Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, aims to explore the “different possibilities of communication that the idea of grid offers, confronted to the notion of chaos in daily life in South Asia cities”.

Image: Wei Leng Tay / Gallery VER

A series of anthropological portraits of life in Bangkok by Wei Leng Tay highlight the loneliness of living in a bustling metropolis, where living situations are often very cramped. The photo above highlights the loneliness and emptiness that arises from city-dwelling and the use of technological communication devices.

Her photographs also prompt questions about the consequences of ever-increasing population density, and whether these problems would be mitigated or exacerbated by projects such as Architecture for Humanity’s 20-by-20-foot prefab homes.

Amy Cheung‘s installation explores the idea that validity in a city stems from the concept of usefulness in economic development, which amounts to assigning everything a numerical value. Cheung takes Oscar Wilde’s story The Happy Prince as an example of this premise, stripping the prince down to a depiction of a nervous system, his eyes perpetually crying onto a miniaturised city below — a metaphor for stripping the city down to its most fundamental parts, “the human body as a metaphorical site of a city’s abstraction.”

Image: Amy Cheung / Gallery VER

“If I can strip off the city’s developmental outfit, the same way I delete the most obvious materials constituting the physical properties of being human… what is there to remain?” she asks.

The idea of the city as an organism is not new, but Cheung deftly combines these social science premises with literature and aesthetics to produce a moving installation.

These Hong Kong-based artists bring a unique insight into South-East Asian cities, and their similarities to Western cities. Of almost equal importance is the site of the exhibition at Gallery VER, which is ensconced in the kind of lonely bustle of a living city depicted by the works housed within.

Grid Versu Chaos Exhibition at Gallery VER Bangkok

February 3, 2010

Here is some information and images about the exhibition the opened in Bangkok with Amy Cheung, MAP Office and Wei Leng Tay. Great experience, the show was complemented with at talk at Chula University.

Gallery VER (Bangkok) and Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong) are honoured to present Grid Versus Chaos, a group exhibition including Amy Cheung, MAP OFFICE [Gutierrez+Portefaix] and Wei Leng Tay in Bangkok.

Opening:                             (Friday) 8 January 2010; 5pm

Exhibition:                          9 January – 5 February, 2010

Venue:                                 Gallery VER Bangkok-Thailand

Organizers:                        Gallery VER and Para/Site Art Space

The exhibition refers to the different possibilities of communication that the idea of the grid offers, confronted by the notion of chaos in daily life in South Asian cities. The artists in the exhibition have produced new works that relate to different issues connected to the two “working concepts” that are the starting points of this project. Each artist or collective has offered different responses to this invitation for the production of a new work of art, either working with the local community, such as the project by Wei Leng Tay; researching on the imaginary of a grid-like island landscape as in MAP Office, of searching for an inner fictional space as in Amy Cheung.

Amy Cheung has contributed with a network fiber optic installation that reads into city dwelling stories in Western literature and places them metaphorically in the middle of the buzz of Bangkok. Oscar Wilde serves as a literary reference in the making process of this new work, which at the same time looks inside human nature.

MAP OFFICE contribution is based on their ongoing research project on islands, this time, 100+1 islands in a grid pattern will occupy the gallery floor, creating an installation that has its centerpiece in the island of Koh Tapu, a real place connected to fictional imagery and Southeast Asia.

Wei Leng Tay has created a photographic series for this project. Through her lens she has researched on the neighborhood of Hua Lamphong in Bangkok, creating a visual map of its inhabitants.

About the participating artists:

Amy Cheung

Amy Cheung lives and works in Hong Kong. She gained her BA in History of Art & Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art. Since graduation, she has initiated numerous city interventions and public art projects both locally and abroad. Cheung was Beck’s New Contemporaries in U.K. UNESCO-ASCHBERG Laureate, and represented Hong Kong in the 52th Venice Biennale, 2007. In the same year, she received the Outstanding Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Wei Leng Tay

Photographer Wei Leng Tay was born in Singapore and has been living and working in Hong Kong for the last eight years. Wei Leng began her professional career making portraits for magazines such as Time and Fortune. She is interested in exploring how people live. Her photographs have been exhibited in U.S., Japan, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore, and are collected by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. She is currently in Singapore.

MAP Office

MAP OFFICE is a multidisciplinary platform based in Hong Kong, devised by Laurent Gutierrez (Casablanca, 1966) and Valérie Portefaix (Saint-Etienne, 1969). This duo of artists/architects works on real and imaginary territories through media as varied as drawing, photography, video, installation, performance and literary or theoretical texts. Offering a new take on public space, they relate an adventure mixing myths and reality; a confirmation that art can create reality. MAP OFFICE has taken part in several international exhibitions, particularly the Venice, Gwangju, Istanbul, New Orleans and Sydney Biennials. They have published various books mixing humour, game and fiction.