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Ng Ka-chun

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

 

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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


Artist Sharing: A series of discussions on art with artists of “I Think It Rains”

Artist Sharing

Artist Sharing was a series of discussions held during I Think It Rains, the exhibition by the Burger Collection and 1a space. Artists and cultural producers involved in the exhibition were invited to discuss their practice, their artistic methodologies and their intentions. Participants and artists included Kingsley Ng , Enoch Cheung, Yiufai Chow, Choi Yan-chi, Lau Ching Ping, Ng Kachun, Reds Cheung, Annie Wan, Lam Tung Pang, Cally Yu, Lai Tszyuen and Evelyn Char. The discussions, in Cantonese, were held on June 20, June 27 and July 5, 2013, at 1a space at the Cattle Depot Artist Village, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong.

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Photos by Anki Lau and Joyce Wong.


Installation view

 

 

 

Capture d’écran 2013-09-16 à 12.02.12

Foreground left:

Fiona Banner
Black Blind, 2001
Pencil on paper
345 x 148 cm

Background right:

Ng Ka Chun
Disappearance of Victoria Harbour Skyline, 2013
[消失了維多利亞天際線]
Photo and video documentation
Image: 14 x 200 cm; video 56‘ 24“

Photo by Alain Kantarijian. © Alain Kantarjian.


Ng Ka Chun and Sunny Chan, Tofu Trucks, 2013

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On the occasion of From Dusk Till Dawn, a full day of real-time activities held on May 24, 2013, Ng Ka Chun partnered up with local organic chef Sunny Chan to serve visiting guests a wholesome bite. Six mobile stalls or  ‘tofu trucks’ were set up, each stall serving a dish that contains tofu or a bean constituent. Their mission: to promote healthy eating and to support local organic produce. Sunny Chan makes his dishes out of tofu made from locally grown organic soy beans and brine, from the Mapopo Community Farm located in the New Territories, Hong Kong.

The menu consisted of:

1. Deep fried tofu veggies balls with local soy sauce
2. Focaccia wit rooftop‐grown rosemary
3. Tofu and nori sandwiches with homemade teriyaki sauce
4. Naan with homemade tomato sauce
5. Buckwheat vegetables crepe with fermented bean curd sauce
6. Tofu pancake with sweet red bean paste

Ng Ka Chun (b. 1985 Hong Kong) graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. After graduating Ng built up his studio in Fo Tan. Chun is a core member of the community art space Woofer Ten in Hong Kong. Recent exhibitions include, amongst others: Fresh Vision, art@government Building, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (2012), Philosopher’s (knock-off) Stone: Turning Gold Into Plastic, Osage, Hong Kong (2012) and Exhibition under a breeze, Goethe-Institut, Art Centre Hong Kong (2012). His work has been exhibited in Australia, Shenzhen and galleries in Hong Kong.

http://hei-ngkachun.blogspot.ch/

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Photos by Kobe Ho.

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Sketch by Ng Ka Chun.

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Sunny Chan (left) and Ng Ka Chun (right).

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The ‘tofu trucks’ created in Ng Ka Chun’s studio in Fo Tan.


Ng Ka Chun, Disappearance of Victoria Harbour Skyline, 2013

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Ng Ka Chun
Disappearance of Victoria Harbour Skyline, 2013
Photo and video documentation
Image: 14 x 200 cm; video 56‘ 24“
Courtesy of the artist

Above: Photographs by Alain Kantarjian, 2013. © Alain Kantarjian

Photo credit - Reds Cheung

Still frame of Disappearance of Victoria Harbour Skyline, 2013.

The Victoria Harbour Skyline is one of the most used city marketing images, showing Hong Kong as a globalized cosmopolitan city, and often portrayed in advertising with a panorama of the city’s skyscrapers. Artist Ng Ka Chun’s cardboard sculptures are in a sense a social satire of this by-now iconic imagery. Cardboard, as a recyclable commodity, is commonly collected by the elderly in Hong Kong. With no proper welfare, the poverty amongst the elderly in Hong Kong is increasing, with statistics reporting that one in every three senior citizens lives below the national poverty line.

Curator Daniel Kurjakovic writes: “Ng Ka Chun Hei’s short video documents the deconstruction of the Victoria Harbour skyline, miniaturized and framed as real-time theater in a monitor, ironically defying the equation of size and meaning: the artist built the eponymous Hong Kong trademark with cardboards in one of the poorest districts of Hong Kong, thereby alluding, sarcastically, to the discrepancies of “life at the top”, and “life at the bottom”. In what is more a discursive act brought forth by a low-key notion of participation than a simple happening, the Hong Kong brand gradually gets decomposed by street workers, lump collectors, passers-by with an existential need for the materials—an example of post-politics beyond plans, ideologies or doctrines?”

Beside the work Ng Ka Chun’s caption reads: “Buy cardboard boxes from rag-pickers which they’ve collected. Use them as materials to make models of the skyscrapers along Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Island. Put this array of cardboard models in a street in Sham Shui Po, the poorest district in Hong Kong.”

Ng Ka Chun (b. 1985 Hong Kong) graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. After graduating Ng built up his studio in Fo Tan. Chun is a core member of the community art space Woofer Ten in Hong Kong. Recent exhibitions include, amongst others: Fresh Vision, art@government Building, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (2012), Philosopher’s (knock-off) Stone: Turning Gold Into Plastic, Osage, Hong Kong (2012) and Exhibition under a breeze, Goethe-Institut, Art Centre Hong Kong (2012). His work has been exhibited in Australia, Shenzhen and galleries in Hong Kong.

http://hei-ngkachun.blogspot.ch/

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The skyline of Victoria Harbour, of which Ng Ka Chun, has recreated several of the monumental buildings into cardboard.

screencap series The evolution of the scavenge of cardboard. Detail of Disappearance of Victoria Harbour Skyline. Click to enlarge image.

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Ng Ka Chun working in his studio.

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Sketch by Ng Ka Chun, 2013.


24/05/13(Fri) 11am-10pm「滴溚 滴」:日不落展演節目簡介

「滴溚 滴」策展團隊對時間的深入思考催生了不一樣的展覽模式。除了有藝術品分佈於牛棚不 同位置的六個展廳,這個項目更有另外三個重要元素:「日不落展演」、「藝術家創作札記」及 「藝術家駐地計劃」。其中日不落展演將於 5 月 24 日舉行,一眾藝術家將於牛棚藝術村及鄰近地 區進行即場活動。有別於一般的表演,這些即場活動進一步瓦解創作者與參觀者的界線,藝術家 擔任策劃人,公眾參與創作;一起嘗試在講座、研討會、創作班等框架之外,探索更生動、雙向 而對等的交流可能性。以下為部分節目:

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