Spring Workshop will welcome Ari Benjamin Meyers to Hong Kong to present An exposition, not an exhibition, the debut of the foundational themes of Kunsthalle for Music (KFM), a new institution conceived and directed by composer and artist Meyers and founded in collaboration with Witte de With and Spring Workshop.
ARI BENJAMIN MEYERS: AN EXPOSITION, NOT AN EXHIBITION * 11 Mar – 1 Apr, 2017
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.
Kunsthalle for Music
The Kunsthalle for Music is commissioned by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, together with Spring Workshop. The Kunsthalle for Music will make appearances throughout 2017 and 2018 from Hong Kong to Rotterdam, possibly also to San Francisco, Paris and Munich. An exposition, not an exhibition by Ari Benjamin Meyers will unfold Kunsthalle’s foundational themes at Spring Workshop (March 2017), followed by a congress at Witte de With (May 2017) and punctuated with an inaugural take-over, featuring a series of new commissions also at Witte de With (January 2018).
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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 * 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.
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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 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.
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: 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.
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
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
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
Spring Workshop and Para Site present joint exhibition, Islands off the Shores of Asia, based 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
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 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.
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.
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.
Singing Resistance: A Musical Performance
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.
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 Universe of Naming
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.
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.
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.
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, Taiping Tianguo Performance Programme
“The Fifth Night”