i_think_it_rains (2013)

Wong Wai-yim

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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Wong Wai Yim, Sex Story to a Sex Story, 2013

Artist Wong Wai Yim invited fellow friends, strangers and acquaintances to converse with her about the stimulating topics of lust, desire, and sexuality. Seated face-to-face with the artist in a tent the participants bravely divulged their various sexual tendencies and experiences, or their lack of experience!


Wong Wai Yim, Sex Story to a Sex Story, 2013


Wong Wai Yim, Sex Story to a Sex Story, 2013


Wong Wai Yim, Sex Story to a Sex Story, 2013


Wong Wai Yim, Sex Story to a Sex Story, 2013

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Artist Wong Wai Yim invited fellow friends, strangers and acquaintances to converse with her about the stimulating topics of lust, desire, and sexuality. Seated face-to-face with the artist in a tent the participants bravely divulged their various sexual tendencies and experiences, or their lack of experience!

This real-time activity was a continuation of her Story for a Story (2012) work which was held at Occupy Central. It’s part of an ongoing project the artist has on the exchange of stories. In March 2013 the artist hosted a sex toy workshop at 1a space, after discovering that friends in Hong Kong never had been to a sex shop. The artist states: “Some of them don’t have the idea to buy, or don’t know where to buy, or never have masturbated!” Wai Yim has sought to get people to re-acknowledge erotica and the body’s sensuality.

The project welcomes people from different backgrounds, from different cultures, and different sexual orientations to exchange their sex stories in Hong Kong! Domes- tic helpers? Pakistani workers? Foreign exchange-students? Native Hong Kongers? Do you like to exchange your sex experience? They are invited to participate and bring one true sex experience, to exchange with another participant. We will exchange ours, which is of the same nature as yours, with you. What stories to bring? Your most _________ sex experience in Hong Kong.

Producer: Ariom Leung.
Assistant: Kenny To.
Cameraman: Ariom Leung, Donald Kwok, Fish Lee.
Photographer: Alan Yau.
Translator: Florence Ng, Philippe Charmes, Miu miu, etc.
Receptionist: Timothy Kwok, Philippe Charmes.

Wong Wai Yim lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris. Wai Yim works with many different media including video, performance, glass and photography. She has exhibited extensively in Hong Kong, China, Europe, and South Korea.

http://www.presentinart.com

This real-time activity was part of From Dusk Till Dawn, which took place on May 24, 2013, at Cattle Depot Artist Village, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong.


“From Dusk Till Dawn” set up in progress