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Have a Taste: Public Lectures

 

Lecture 1
Reconsidering Cultural Forms, Urban Life and Interspecies Coexistence

How do art, culture and discourses shape our imagination of non-human animals? How does our city treat them? Dr Fiona LAW and Dr CHAN Ka-ming, who care for animals in both scholarly work and everyday life, will deconstruct what is taken for granted and open up new perspectives for respecting all species.  

 

 

Date:

23 October 2021 (Sat)

 

Time:

3-5pm

 

Venue:

Meeting Room AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

 

Speakers:

 

Dr Fiona LAW

Dr Fiona LAW is a lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Hong Kong culture, screen studies, literature, and visual culture.  She has written on middle-class comedy, Stephen Chow’s mermaid, community cat photography in Hong Kong, and the stories of animal life and death in Asian cinema.  Growing up in a neighbourhood of flowers and aquatic creatures, she got to concern more about the karma of human civilisation after two cat brothers joined her family 17 years ago.  

 

 

 

 

 


Dr CHAN Ka-ming

Dr CHAN Ka-Ming is currently a lecturer at the Department of Social Science, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. As a PhD graduate in Cultural Studies, Chan mainly researches cinema and popular culture. He started working in the area of animal and culture just because of his daughter, Bungy, a miniature pinscher, brought joy and sorrow, and pain and happiness into their lives. He later developed the field of ecological humanities, and has designed and taught a related module for the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2015. He also writes for various media on animal issues. Writing in the End Times—Cultural Record for Animals, a publication of his in 2018, is a rare book in Hong Kong on animal, culture and society. 

 

 

 

 

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Lecture 2
Urban Media Art Beyond Spectacles

Besides spectacles, what can urban media art create? Can it touch upon real social issues? Media artist Kingsley Ng and curator Stephanie Cheung, who have experimented with interdisciplinary art projects in a range of urban spaces, will share on the contexts, thoughts and experiences that inspire their work.

 

 

Date:

30 October 2021 (Sat)

 

Time:

3-5pm

 

Venue:

TriAngle Co-working Space, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University*

 

Speakers:

 

Kingsley NG

Kingsley NG is a media artist specialising on interdisciplinary, context-specific and experiential work, often using intangible media such as light and sound. Expanding imagination for urban media, he has reconfigured moving vehicles into mobile cameras obscura, turned a gigantic underground stormwater tank into a contemplative sanctuary, and routed through collective memories with illuminating trains. His works mediate perspectives and invite listening by casting light on the usually overlooked or forgotten. He understands his cat when she stands on the cupboard, lies on the couch and runs in leopard speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Stephanie CHEUNG

Stephanie CHEUNG is a curator, writer and social practitioner. Most of her works bridge disciplines and take place outside conventional art venues. From curating immersive experiences in greenhouses and piers, to writing about a hen perching on an islandic pig and making party flags for resilient block parties, she explores art as a medium to inspire thoughtful coexistence of people, other species and our environment. She says hello to animals when she meets them and lives with a furry cat.

 

 

 

 

*All participants entering HKBU Campuses must have been fully vaccinated with two doses 14 days prior or more. For individuals who cannot receive vaccinations on time for medical or other reasons, a negative result for a COVID-19 test carried out by a Government recognised route for testing in the last 14 days is required for entry into the Campuses.

 

 

Stage 1: Induction Workshop

 

See the world in perspectives of different species

What do dogs face in Hong Kong? How can intermedia art expand urban experiences and foster rethinking on interspecies coexistence? A warm-up series through visits and thematic workshops.

 

 

Virtual Meetings

Date:

8, 15 and 22 January 2022

12 and 19 February 2022

Time:

2-5pm

Guest Speakers:

LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity
Paws Guardian Rescue Centre
CARing Kids - Competence in Caring Resilience for Kids
Stray Volunteer Group (浪浪送行者)

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Physical Meeting: Ideation 

Date:

14 May 2022

Time:

2-6pm

Venue:

Studio 3, 2/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui

Stage 2: Workshop

 

Imagine and Create
Interactive Installations x Music

Participants will work in groups together in the studio to reflect on human/dog coexistence through interactive installations and audio compositions that will culminate in multi-arts performances and participatory experiences.

 

 

Installation Fabrication (Physical Meetings)

Ideation (cont'd)

 

 

Fabrication

 

Date:

21 May 2022

 

 

Date:

28 May, 4 and 11 June 2022

 

Time:

2-6pm

 

 

Time:

2-6pm

 

Venue:

Studio 8, 2/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui

 

 

Venue:

MakerBay Foundation, 23 Mei Wan Street,
Tsuen Wan

 

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Music Composition
There will be three tutorial groups.

Group 1
(Wednesday group)

Session 1 (Physical meeting)
Date: 8 June 2022
Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Studio 6, 2/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui

Sessions 2 and 3 (Zoom meetings)
Date: 29 June and 13 July 2022
Time: 7-9:30pm

Group 2
(Thursday group)

Session 1 (Physical meeting)
Date: 9 June 2022
Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Studio 6, 2/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui

Sessions 2 and 3 (Zoom meetings)
Date: 30 June and 14 July 2022
Time: 7-9:30pm

Group 3
(Tuesday and
Sunday group)

Session 1 (Physical meeting)
Date: 7 June 2022
Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Studio 6, 2/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui

Sessions 2 and 3 (Zoom meetings)
Date: 3 and 17 July 2022
Time: 2-4:30pm

Virtual Get-together
for all groups

Date: 24 September 2022
Time: 2-4:30pm

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Dog Trials

Trial 1
(3 sessions)

1. Preparation
Date: 18 June 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: MakerBay Foundation, 23 Mei Wan Street, Tsuen Wan

2. Trial In-situ 
Date: 25 June 2022
Time: 1-5:30pm
Venue: Memorial Lawn, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

3. Review
Date: 2 July 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: MakerBay Foundation, 23 Mei Wan Street, Tsuen Wan

Trial 2
(4 sessions)

1. Group Rehearsal
Date: 3 September 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: To be confirmed

2. Preparation
Date: 10 September 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: To be confirmed 

3. Trial In-situ
Date: 17 September 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District 

4. Review
Date: 1 October 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: To be confirmed

Stage 2: Dog Trials (Public event)

 

Imagine and Create
Dog Trials

After working together in the studio, participants will try out the pieces in-situ before public performances. 

 

 

Trial In-situ 1

Date: 25 June 2022
Time: 4-5:30pm
Venue: Memorial Lawn, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

 

Trial In-situ 2

Date: 17 September 2022
Time: 2-6pm
Venue: Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District 

 

Stage 3: Public Performances + Garden Tours 

 

A Date with Dogs
Public Performances + Garden Tours

All works will be presented in a finale at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park for dogs and humans!  A series of tours in public gardens will continue to raise concern for interspecies coexistence.

 

 

Public Performances

Date:

28-30 October 2022

Time:

2pm-5pm (Public Interactions)
7pm-9pm (Concert)

Venue: 

Memorial Lawn, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

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After the public performances, garden tours will take place in November and December.
Details will be announced later.

 

Facilitators

 

 

 

 

Kingsley NG

Kingsley NG is a media artist specialising on interdisciplinary, context-specific and experiential work, often using intangible media such as light and sound. Expanding imagination for urban media, he has reconfigured moving vehicles into mobile cameras obscura, turned a gigantic underground stormwater tank into a contemplative sanctuary, and routed through collective memories with illuminating trains. His works mediate perspectives and invite listening by casting light on the usually overlooked or forgotten. He understands his cat when she stands on the cupboard, lies on the couch and runs in leopard speed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephanie CHEUNG

Stephanie CHEUNG is a curator, writer and social practitioner. Most of her works bridge disciplines and take place outside conventional art venues. From curating immersive experiences in greenhouses and piers, to writing about a hen perching on an islandic pig and making party flags for resilient block parties, she explores art as a medium to inspire thoughtful coexistence of people, other species and our environment. She says hello to animals when she meets them and lives with a furry cat.

 

 

 

 

 

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Angus LEE 

Angus LEE (b. 1992) is one of Hong Kong's most versatile young composers, with his works having been performed by leading international groups such as Ensemble InterContemporain (France), Ensemble Modern (Germany), Ensemble Multilatérale (France), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Trio Accanto (Germany). He is also frequently invited to work in cross-disciplinary collaborative settings with other artists. Time, memory and structure are the key subjects he investigates through his music. He is an avid animal lover, and has for over a decade lived with a loving German Shepherd.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason WONG

Jason WONG is a set, video and technical designer. He has worked with groups such as All Theatre Art Association, the Hong Kong Dance Company, the Children’s and Youth Troupes of the Hong Kong Dance Company, among others. He has overseen technical design in multi-arts productions such as Hi! Houses (Jaffa Lam X Sam Tung Uk Museum), Kingsley Ng’s Twenty-Five Minutes Older, etc, in which he blended audio, visual and kinetic elements with inventiveness and technical savvy. He is a friend of neighbouring cats in his community. Cats from the village bring him gifts such as snakes, rats, lizards, and fresh fish.

 

 

 

 

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Zachary TING Lap-tak

Installation artist Zachary TING Lap-tak is a graduate from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. He explores his own senses and daily experiences in mixed-media installations. Besides personal works, he has also overseen production in numerous multi-arts performances and exhibitions. Lately he has been examining interspecies coexistence and reflecting particularly on human-centred environments. A recent work, Species No. 783,569, presents a tale of animals in the form of simulated documentation.

 

 

 

 

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Tim CHAN Ting-cheung

Tim CHAN Ting-cheung is a composer, instrument maker and percussionist. He creates music and sound to express his feelings about interpersonal interactions and his hopes for Hong Kong. He has made music to open the audience’s ears to  the unique soundscape sang by birds in Hong Kong, played taiko to raise awareness of marine ecology, and created live music for the mythical creature Lu Ting. Lately, reflecting on human-animal coexistence, he performed in Lifelike, a work by composer Charles KWONG at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

 

 

 

 

MaD (Make a Difference)

 

Founded in 2009, MaD (Make a Difference) is a collaborative platform for Asian changemakers. We strive to promote the growth of a vibrant creative ecology through cross-sector collaboration, empathetic co-creation and sustainable practices. At MaD, aspiring changemakers are supported to come up with creative responses to our time’s challenges. Our long-term vision is to build a creative civil society for positive change. Make A Difference Institute is a registered non-profit under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance. 

 

 

Programmes Enquiries:

3996 2788 (Make a Difference)

 

Email:

ask@MaD.asia 

 

Website:

MaD (Make a Difference)

 

 

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