We organized our archive to make it available, here on this website as well as at Asia Art Archive, on Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube and Artsy. Hope you fall down a Spring rabbit hole.
Spring Workshop Archive & Resources
2011—2017After 22 seasons in action, Spring Workshop entered a planned season of rest and reflection at the end of 2017. Find our archive of activities.
(English) Mimi Brown
*The Story Behind Spring Workshop
Spring Fever: Six years in twelve minutes
at Tai Kwun Contemporary
*June 9 – August 15, 2018
ESKYIU: The Industrial Forest Publication * 10 December, 2017
Spring is thrilled to publish the book Industrial Forest that chronicles the life and times of the eponymous installation planted on Spring’s rear terrace in 2013. Created by the Forest’s artists/architects Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei of ESKYIU, the book documents the colourful lifespan of the project alongside words from Spring’s extended family, including Defne Ayas, Doryun Chong, Claire Hsu, Lars Nittve, and Samson Young.
Koki Tanaka: A Collective Present * 4 November
– 10 Decemebr, 2017
Opening on November 4, artists Tiffany Chung and Koki Tanaka will present separate research from their residencies at Spring, unpacking Hong Kong’s recent history in a presentation assembled by Curator-at-Large Christina Li.
Sailing Through Ha Bik Chuen’s Archive * Opens 14 October, 2017
Taking this opportunity to engage once again with Ha Bik Chuen Archive, we have invited art critic and curator John Batten to lead us on a dive into the treasure of the archive to create a display at Spring that opens October 14, and which will include Ha’s designs for Christmas cards, blueprints for his largest public sculpture in nearby Aberdeen, scrapbooks and diaries, shown alongside memories of Wong Chuk Hang’s printing factories.
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze
Wandering Ears: Sound and Listening in the South
* 18 November, 2017, 11am-5pm
Presented with soundpocket, artists Samson Cheung Choi-sang, Mark Chung Ching and Li Hiu-wa will lead a one-day workshop in Aberdeen and Wong Chuk Hang. Participants are invited on a secret outdoor journey designed by the artists where they will be led in listening exercises.
*Seats are limited, so please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
A Collective Present
* 5 November, 2017,11am-1pm
This discussion featuring human rights lawyers and Vietnamese refugees will revisit the refugees’ experience of spending their youth in Hong Kong’s detention centers during the post-1975 Vietnamese refugee crisis.
RSVP: Seats are limited, please email your registration to email@example.com
AMA and Jessica Kong: Current
* 7 October, 2017, 11am-1pm
Current is an expressive arts experiential journey initiated by artists and expressive arts therapy trainees AMA and Jessica Kong. Together with percussionist Heidi Law, the journey will use shamanic drumming to steer each participant into a zone of creative imagination. Using different artistic media, participants create freely as they immerse themselves in a journey of expression and connection.
Evolving Feminism * 23 September, 2017
We are delighted to welcome writer/filmmaker/actor Rashida Jones to Hong Kong for a series of discussions and meetings around the issues and freedoms at stake where sex on film and feminism intersect, spurred by the documentary/TV series Hot Girls Wanted that Jones produced for Netflix. There will be a closed event at Spring on September 23, featuring experts Dr. Brenda Alegre, Dr. Kat Jacobs and Vera Lui of Sally’s Toy with screenings and discussions.
In memoriam Michael Friedman 1975-2017
Michael Friedman was one of the most brilliant, multi-talented theater artists of our time. He was also a miracle of a human being: loving, kind, generous, hilarious, thrilling. His loss leaves a hole in the theater world that cannot be filled, and a hole in the hearts of those who loved him that will last forever.
Design Trust x Spring
Futures Studio Public Review * 8 July, 2017
Presented as part of the first-ever Storefront International Series: Hong Kong, the Design Trust Futures Studio Ideas Public Review on 8th July 2017, the Designer Mentees will present their conceptual ideas for future micro parks, and share their definitions of “smallness” and their manifestos on the topic of “scale”. This will be followed by a discussion with invited guest critics on the conceptual schemes.
HKNME x WKCD
Public forum: Sensory Art * 5 July, 2017, 7:30-9pm
On 5 July, at a free public forum on Sensory Art organised by West Kowloon, award-winning experimental sound designer and composer Darrin Verhagen, senior Sound Design lecturer at the RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), shares his understanding of how sound interacts with other senses, and how composers and sound designers play a manipulative role in shaping perceptual and emotional responses to multisensory artworks.
Miss Ruthless: A Press Conference * 2 July, 2017, 6:30pm-late
In Search of Miss Ruthless sets the stage for a public persona from the future. This series of public programs reflects on diasporic communities and pageant infrastructures through discussions, screenings, performances, and workshops.
HKNME x Spring
The Modern Academy II Public Showcase
“Musician-Actors” in Experimental Theatre * 30 Jun, 2017, 8-9pm
Designed for musicians and composer-performer who wish to reinvestigate the relationship between music and theatre, this workshop led by Andrew Cha, Artistic Director of Alice Theatre Laboratory, and Steve Hui, a cross-media artist working across the boundaries of performance, theatre and music, is the first of its kind offered in Hong Kong to explore the performativity of musicians’ bodies, and music in a theatrical context.
HKNME x Spring
The Modern Academy 2.0:
Cycle Music and Art Lab * 13-17 Apr, 2017
THE MODERN ACADEMY is delighted to present artists from Iceland’s renowned Cycle Music & Art Festival to work closely with local musicians and artists in a five-day collaborative workshop from 13 to 17 April 2017.
Closing Workshop to learn Steve Reich’s Clapping Music * 1 Apr, 2017, 1-2pm
On April 1, Saturday, we’ll get together over sandwiches for a casual workshop to learn the seminal work “Clapping Music” by Steve Reich.
No musical background is required. Just bring your hands. Or if you want to get your rhythm warmed up, download the Clapping Music app before you come.
*Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org listing the event title in the subject line.
ARI BENJAMIN MEYERS: AN EXPOSITION, NOT AN EXHIBITION * 11 Mar – 1 Apr, 2017
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.
HONG KONG SOLOS * 11 Mar – 1 Apr, 2017
A part of An exposition, not an exhibition, Hong Kong Solos is an artwork by Ari Benjamin Meyers that will take place at six non-profit art organizations—M+, Asia Art Archive, Para Site, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Things that can happen and soundpocket. Meyers invited six local Hong Kong composers to create new works for staff members at these organizations across the city.
If you wish to book a visit, kindly complete the RSVP here. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and places are very limited.
Children’s Composition Workshop with Shane Aspegren * 23 Mar, 2017, 11am-12pm
We are over the moon that the talented artist/composer Shane Aspegren has agreed to teach our children’s workshop for this show.
The workshop will demonstrate how a smartphone can be used as a simple tool to create modern music. Led by Shane, the children will learn basic ideas about sampling everyday sounds to use as building blocks for their own musical compositions.
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Music and the Museum * 23 Mar, 2017, 11am-12pm
Music and the Museum: a discussion between composers and artists Ari Benjamin Meyers, Samson Young and Spring Workshop curator-at-large Christina Li, chaired by frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock, on the evolving cultural contexts in which contemporary music is produced, performed and collected.
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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).
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 * 11月19日 – 12月20日
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.
閉幕座談 * 8月23日，4-6pm
黃慧妍《不要太努力讓事情發生》* 8月20日 – 10月23日
Spring 工作室欣然宣佈即將呈獻香港藝術家黃慧妍五年內首次個人展覽。黃氏的藝術實踐在她成為母親後發生深刻的變化, 為了重新調適生活以至藝術重心的轉移, 黃氏展開了一趟個人的學習歷程。
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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曾吳作品《對聯/對練》的世界首映 * 3月12日 – 5月22日
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.
Writer and curator Christina Li (HK/NL) takes up the role of a designated Witness to Moderation(s) as it unfolds between Witte de With in Rotterdam and Spring in Hong Kong. On her Tumbler A Witness’ Blog, Li posts regular entries responding to the multi-faceted projects that comprise Moderation(s).
Hong Kong Farm
都市農耕專家暨藝術家組合Hong Kong Farm將會進駐Spring工作室的平台，為期一年。他們將以縮時攝影﹑食物雕塑﹑可供食用的成品等，為具實驗性的農耕項目留下大量紀錄。
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 工作室與Para Site藝術空間首度聯合策劃展覽- 亞洲的離岸島嶼，這個別具創意的展覽，從意識型態、歷史因素、神秘主義及虛構詮釋等角度，描繪散佈於東亞地區、被鄰近各國聲稱擁有主權的偏遠而又人跡罕至的小島。近年，這些小島成為區內漸趨熾熱的民族主義的注目點，相關國家藉它們顯示民族尊嚴和力量。展覽將展出包括黃漢明、白雙全、羅莎·巴爾巴和鄭國谷等多位藝術家的作品
*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.
黃漢明 (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.
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.
inging 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
Spring Workshop is delighted to host Mehta for a composer residency from May 19 to June 9. During his stay, 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 towards the end of his residency. Click here for more event details.
*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.
*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