i_think_it_rains (2013)


Silver Silence/Golden Speech—a supplement to Torrent No. 2 magazine

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Silver Silence/Golden Speech

The bulletin Silver Silence/Golden Speech (illus., color and b/w, 136 pages) is a supplement to Torrent No. 2, released in May 2014. Silver Silence/Golden Speech contains transcripts of conversations realized by five groupings of artists from Hong Hong involved in I Think It Rains, part of Burger Collection’s exhibition and research platform realized in Hong Kong in the summer of 2013. It was put in place to make a certain number of the informal thoughts, ideas and conversations by some of the participants more manifest.

Contributors of Silver Silence/Golden Speech: Choi Yan Chi, Philippe Charmes, Luke Ching Chin Wai, Lam Tung Pang, Law Man Lok, Anthony Leung Po Shan, Ng Ka Chun, Tozer Pak Sheung Chuen, Tang Siu Wa, Annie Wan Lai Kuen, Michelle Wong Wun Ting, Wong Wai Yim, and Francis Yu Wai Luen.

The Spirit Wakes in the Night Wind*

Publications as a different way to imagine art and culture

In line with its release, Burger Collection will host The Spirit Wakes in the Night Wind, a discussion on art publishing during Asia Art Archive’s Open Platform on Friday, 16 May 2014, 4.30 – 6pm.  The event will be held at Art Basel Hong Kong’s fair ground, at the booth of AAA’s Open Platform booth, P1, Hong Kong.

For more information about the location and overall program please check back to AAA’s website

This discussion round will look at the role and function of artist or artist-driven publications, both in print and online, at art criticism, and more generally at the function and present state of critical discursive platforms. Case studies and examples should be the starting points for the participants to debate the issues on the background of their individual projects and experiences within the HK art world and beyond. The event is organized around the publication of Burger Collectionʼs Torrent n°2, and its special Hong Kong supplement Silver Silence/Golden Speech, conversational meetings by Hong Kong artists and cultural practitioners. In its print version, Silver Silence/Golden Speech contains transcripts of conversations realized by five groupings of artists from Hong Hong involved in the exhibition and research project I Think It Rains. The conversations deal, amongst other, with the autonomy of artistic practice, ethics and morality in the visual arts field, and with cultural policy.

Participants: Mary Chan (publisher and director MCCM Creations, Hong Kong), David Elliott (artistic director of the 2014 IVth Biennale of Young Art, Moscow), Hu Fang (fiction writer, co-founder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space Guangzhou and the Pavilion, Beijing), Charwei Tsai (publisher of Lovely Daze, Taipei), Yeung Yang (writer, curator, and executive director of soundpocket, Hong Kong), Oscar Ho Hing Kay (programme director of the M.A. programme in cultural management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and independent curator, Hong Kong).

* The title of this session is borrowed from Wallace Stevens, Lettres dʼun soldat, I-IX, published in: Poetry, A Magazine of Verse, Vol. XII, No. II, 1918, pp. 59ff.
For more on I Think It Rains, including the Artist Shelves, source material by artists, and From Dusk Till Dawn, real-time activities of May 24, 2013, on Cattle Depot and offsite, see: http://www.ithinkitrains.org.

Concept by: Daniel Kurjakovic
Moderators: Linda Jensen, Daniel Kurjakovic



Ng Ka Chun Hei, I Think It Rains, Documentary

Watch the recently published five minute documentary on the realization of Ng Ka Chun’s work Street Café.

Street Café was a large scale mimic of a local street café. A temporary one-day installation, the work was produced by Burger Collection on the premises of the heritage site Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong, for the opening evening of I Think It Rains on May 20, 2013.

Ng Ka Chun
Street Café, 2013
Site-specific installation
Various media, ready made materials, table and chair sculptures
circa 12 x 8 x 4 m

I Think It Rains is an exhibition platform originating in a collaboration between Burger Collection and 1a space. Part 1 took place at the Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong from May 17 until June 30, 2013, and featured works by some thirty artists and writers from Hong Kong and abroad.

Film by Alain Kantarjian
Additional images by Iriz Yuen
With special thanks to Reds Cheung
Commentary by Daniel Kurjakovic
Produced by Burger Collection, Hong Kong, 2013.
Copyright © Alain Kantarjian