• CALLA
    HENKEL AND
    MAX PITEGOFF
    WINTER SUBLET
    Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff: Winter Sublet * 19 Nov – 18 Dec, 2016

    For their fall residency at Spring Workshop, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff will produce a film at Spring, staging a series of public events which will function as scenes in service of a larger narrative. The filming and the film itself will act as a semi-fictionalized audit of the institutional mechanics of Spring Workshop.

  • CALLA
    HENKEL
    AND MAX
    PITEGOFF
    Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff

    This August we welcome American artists-in-residence Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, a duo based in Berlin whose practice includes parsing, developing and running creative spaces. During their first research residency in Hong Kong, Henkel and Pitegoff are studying several arts organizations and community-based projects here as they prepare for their program at Spring Workshop this autumn.

  • 2.
    OPEN
    HOUSE
    2. Winter Sublet Open House * 10 Dec, 2016, 7pm-midnight

    Here it comes the second program of Winter Sublet by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. The gay bar on the terrace of Spring Workshop will be open on Saturday evening from 7pm until midnight. Acts will be ongoing throughout the evening.

    The residency is dressed as its fictional double, the setting for the script we’ve been writing while at Spring. We’ve been chopping the space to bits, moving through it and around it, displacing our own narrative inside of it. Acting it out in pieces, terrified that whatever we write comes true in a spiritual audit, an institutional reprise, a phantasm of a more productive present.

  • 1.
    JAN VORISEK
    MUSIC FOR
    A SCRIPT -
    A PRIMER
    1. Jan Vorisek: Music for a Script — A Primer * 19 Nov, 2016, 3-6pm

    The first program of Winter Sublet by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. Seated between the chairs of performance and concert, Jan Vorisek will present a premature soundtrack for an unwritten script.

    The recorded soundtrack will play during opening hours for the remainder of the sublet through the 18th of December.

    Please RSVP at rsvp@springworkshop.org

  • Ari Benjamin Meyers: Serious Immobilities * 3 Dec, 2016, 3-7pm

    Ari Benjamin Meyers, who is back for his second research residency at Spring while he continues to build the foundations of the Kunsthalle for Music, will present his durational performance Serious Immobilities (2013), using his own music compositions as a jumping off point.

    Please RSVP at rsvp@springworkshop.org

  • ARI
    BENJAMIN
    MEYERS
    Ari Benjamin Meyers

    We welcome Ari Benjamin Meyers to Hong Kong as he researches and lays the groundwork for a Kunsthalle for Music, a new institution co-founded by Meyers, Spring Workshop and Witte de With.

  • Stationary

    For Stationary, a new collection of stories published by Spring to be launched in 2015, co-editors Heman Chong and Christina Li invite artists, curators and writers to take stock of, chart and elaborate on their obsessions, fascinations and influences within a suspended temporal moment as a recess from their own productive practices.

  • WITHOUT TRYING
    FINISSAGE
    Without Trying Finissage * 23 Oct, 2016, 4-6pm

    Wong Wai Yin has invited fellow artist Sarah Lai to a conversation about their respective working processes. Moderated by curator Anthony Yung, the afternoon’s discussion will shed further light on the exhibition publication The ten seconds that determine whether A gets made into a work which explores the moment that an artist decides to transform her idea into an artwork.

    The talk will be in Cantonese with the possibility of whispered English translations. 

    Please RSVP at rsvp@springworkshop.org

  • WONG
    WAI YIN
    WITHOUT TRYING
    Wong Wai Yin: Without Trying * 20 Aug – 23 Oct, 2016

    Spring Workshop is delighted to announce the first solo show in 5 years of established Hong Kong artist Wong Wai Yin (黃慧妍). Marking a change in the direction of her artistic practice, Wong’s new work considers the profound ways that motherhood has transformed her personal convictions and philosophy on making art.

  • WONG
    WAI YIN
    Wong Wai Yin

    We are in full swing at Spring Workshop with artist Wong Wai Yin (黃慧妍) in residence in Autumn Studio. Wong is here creating new work for her first solo show in five years that will open at Spring at the end of August. 

  • Postscript on I’m that angel with Tyler Coburn * 4 Aug, 2016, 6:30 – 8pm

    Tyler Coburn’s publication I’m that angel (2011—) explores the conditions of how we work on and against the computer, narrated from the perspective of a “content farmer”: an online journalist contracted to generate articles based on words peaking in Google Trends. For this talk, Coburn will share images and stories from his tour; discuss the industrialization of online writing; and describe the role of data centers in the ever-expanding physical Internet. 

    Limited capacity: please kindly RSVP at rsvp@springworkshop.org

  • SPRING MAP
    COMPETITION
    2016
    Spring Map Competition 2016:
    Map of Wong Chuk Hang

    Each year, Spring publishes an artist’s hand-made map of Wong Chuk Hang that is meant to guide culturally-hungry (and also calorically-hungry) visitors around the neighbourhood, while also serving as documentation on the evolution of a place.  We want you to be able to find the gems in this vibrant area, so our map shows artspaces, eateries and a few of our beloved WCH landmarks.

    This year’s map competition is now open to all artists! Please click here for guidelines on entering. Deadline to express interest is July 17 2016.

  • MUTUAL LOVE
    SOCIETY II
    Mutual Love Society II * 22 May, 2016, 6pm

    For the finissage of Duilian, we invited two Hong Kong feminist poets Cao Shuying and Sonia Wong to host the Mutual Love Society II, a special evening of poetry appreciation dedicated to the spirit of Qiu Jin and Wu Zhiying. Cao and Wong will share their own poems on themes of female desire and subjectivity, and guide participants in a new round of (mis)translation. Bring your pen and your wit.

    *Limited capacity: please kindly RSVP at rsvp@springworkshop.org

  • DUILIAN
    WU TSANG
    Duilian: Wu Tsang * 12 Mar – 22 May, 2016

    Spring Workshop is delighted to present the world premiere of Duilian, a film installation that is the culmination of a decade-long research project by visual artist and filmmaker Wu Tsang. The multi-media exhibition centers around Duilian, a newly-commissioned film is loosely based on the life of Qiu Jin (秋瑾 1875–1907), a turn-of-the-century Chinese revolutionary poet, and her calligrapher friend Wu Zhiying (吳芝瑛, 1867-1936).

  • TEARS,
    TEARS, TEARS
    WU TSANG
    Tears, Tears, Tears with Wu Tsang | Art Basel Opening * 24 Mar, 2016

    Inspired by the history of Qiu Jin’s multiple burials as well as the struggles by different groups and individuals to claim the symbolic meaning and resting place of her body, we invite you to join us at this special event where Qiu’s multiple legacies will be incinerated through Chinese practices of ancestral mourning.

    The event happens during Art Basel’s South Island Art Brunch on Thursday, March 24 from 10am to 2pm.

  • WU TSANG
    Wu Tsang

    We welcome artist Wu Tsang to the first of two residencies looking into the Chinese poet and heroine Qiu Jin, which will culminate in new work to be shown in 2016. Check back for details on a talk in late May.

  • DES
    HÔTES
    Des hôtes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor
    *Opens Sept 19, 2015

    The fall program draws attention to the roles of host and guest over a three-month period. Curated by Christina Li, the show and surrounding events magnify the nuances politics mired in hospitality.

  • CHRISTINA LI
    New director of Spring Workshop:
    Christina Li

    Welcome home to Christina Li!  She begins her role as the new director of Spring in August 2015 with the program Des hôtes after spending ten years as an independent curator and writer in Hong Kong and the Netherlands.  Read more about Christina here.

  • HK FARM
    Hong Kong Farm

    In September 2014, Hong Kong Farm conducted a green takeover of Spring Workshop’s main terrace to kick off a year-long residency. Their extended program included multiple public access points to experimental, community-based urban farming, such as an autumn edible harvest workshop, planter-building lessons, seed-bombing with student groups, documentation of both the farm and HK’s farming protagonists, a talk-to-your-plants and plant selfie booth, a winter discussion and finally The HK FARMers’ Almanac (2015) created during an intensive three-day embodied knowledge book sprint.

  • MODERN
    ACADEMY
    2015
    Modern Academy 2015

    During the month of June, three composers will be at Spring as part of the Modern Academy, an in-depth short course in modern music run by HK New Music Ensemble for eighty composers, conductors, instrumentalists and vocalists.  Come listen to our halls reverberate….

  • DAYS PUSH OFF
    INTO NIGHTS
    Days push off into nights

    Spring Workshop will present Days push off into nights, curated by Christina Li from February 28 to April 26. It features artists including Moyra Davey, Elmgreen & Dragset, Cevdet Erek, Lee Kit, Job Koelewijn, and Magdalen Wong among others.

  • ISLANDS OFF THE
    SHORES OF ASIA
    Islands Off the Shores of Asia

    Spring Workshop and Para Site present joint exhibition, Islands off the Shores of Asiabased on the ideological, historical, mystical, and fictional interpretations of the remote and largely uninhabited islands claimed by different nations across East Asia. Curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero, the show features artists including Julieta Aranda, Rosa Barba, Charles Lim, Pak Sheung Chuen, James T. Hong, Ming Wong, and Zheng Guogu.

  • A
    FICTIONAL
    RESIDENCY
    Moderation(s):
    *A Fictional Residency

    For A Fictional Residency in June 2013, which is part of Moderation(s), the ongoing collaboration between Witte de With and Spring, Dutch novelist Oscar van den Boogaard will be writer-in-residence at Spring, working with five Hong Kong-based artists, journalists, and writers. These encounters will inspire a volume of short stories, scripted together with the invited guests.

  • MING WONG
    Ming Wong

    Ming Wong is back in Hong Kong for his second Spring/Para Site research residency in September. He will complete a new commission based on research carried out in the first residency, focused on Cantonese opera and cinema.

    The new work will be shown in Islands off the Shore of Asia, joint exhibition presented by Spring and Para Site.

  • ESKYIU
    ESKYIU
    *Industrial Forest

    Comprised of hundreds of incredibly thin metallic bamboo poles, the Industrial Forest acknowledges the origin of Wong Chuk Hang’s heritage by translating the yellow bamboo that used to grow there into a new landscape. Read more about it in Zoe Li’s article Very Real Fake Nature in the Industrial Forest Installation.

    The forest is open to the public and awaits your visit.

  • THE PERMEABILITY OF
    CERTAIN MATTERS
    Exhibition and programs: *Christodoulos Panayiotou

    Spring welcomes Christodoulos Panayiotou for a two-month residency in Hong Kong from March to May, 2014. He will embark on a project in Guangdong province, researching artificial flower factories. A workshop by fellow artist Philip Wiegard will engage children in creating handmade wallpaper in a series of patterns developed by the artist from a historic artisanal technique that requires the small fingers of children. The resulting collaboration between the artists will be exhibited at Spring accompanied by activities and events.

  • SUMANGALA DAMODARAN
    Singing Resistance: A Musical Performance
    *Sumangala Damodaran
    Saturday, June 14

    Spring and Asia Art Archive have invited Sumangala Damodaran, along with Pritam Ghosal, Mark Aranha, Neelambari Bhattacharya, and Simon Hui from the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, will perform a concert featuring songs from India’s anti-colonial and immediate post-colonial resistance movement.

  • RAJESH
    MEHTA
    Open studio
    *Rajesh Mehta
    Friday, June 6, 7-9pm

    In partnership with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, we are delighted to host Mehta for a composer residency from May 19 to June 9. Mehta will invite the Hong Kong community into his musical cosmos by sharing the development of his ongoing music-architecture project “Sounding Buildings”. He will conduct workshops involving members of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and students from The Modern Academy and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and engage the wider public through an Open House on June 6. Click here for more event details.

  • THE
    SOCIAL
    CONTRACT
    Moderation(s):
    *The Social Contract
    Nov 1-Dec 15, 2013

    What can we discover by not speaking about something?

    The Social Contract, a work by A Constructed World, is the third act in Hong Kong of Moderation(s), the ongoing collaboration between Witte de With and Spring.

  • QIU
    ZHIJIE
    Qiu Zhijie
    *The Universe of Naming
    May-August 2013

    EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED

    Come see the highly-detailed maps of leading Chinese artist and thinker Qiu Zhijie 邱志杰 . These maps redefine our world in a close examination of its concrete and conceptual territories. During his residency at Spring Workshop in May 2013, Qiu re-imagined the terrain again with spheres of steel, wood and glass set against the expansive backdrop of his large-scale maps, some made in conjunction with artists from his two-day workshop with HK university art students. Click here for more details.

  • HEMAN
    CHONG
    Moderation(s):
    *Heman Chong

    Singaporean artist, curator and writer, Heman has been invited by Defne Ayas, Director and Curator of the Witte de With (Rotterdam), and Mimi Brown, Founder of Spring Workshop (Hong Kong), to develop and lead the 2013 collaborative project  Moderation(s) as The Moderator.

  • WITTE
    DE WITH
    SPRING
    ...
    Moderation(s)

    Do you believe in productive misunderstandings? How often, if ever, do you feel manipulated? Would you say yes if I asked you to moderate me?

    A key program for Spring Workshop in 2013 and 2014, Moderation(s) brings together an international group of more than 50 artists, curators and writers in a year-long program of contemporary discourse and production between Witte de With in the Netherlands and Spring in Hong Kong. Moderation(s) will engender a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies and a book of short stories.

  • MICHAEL FRIEDMAN
    Michael Friedman

    Artist-in-Residence
    October 2012

    Obie-award winning composer and writer Michael Friedman is interested in the politics of popular music and the ways in which music reflects the intersections of different cultures. Friedman writes: “Hong Kong, with its polyglot culture, is a perfect place for me to continue this exploration, tracing song (sea shanties, Cantonese opera, cantopop, children’s songs, etc. at the crossroads of East and West, and at the edge of empire.”

    Please join us on the evening of Saturday, October 27 for a musical soirée with Michael.

  • MELATI
    SURYODARMO
    Melati Suryodarmo, Taiping Tianguo Performance Programme
  • YANG
    FUDONG
    Yang Fudong
    “The Fifth Night”
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