Urban Guru Talk Series II: Wong Ching Fat - The Master of Exhibition Deployment from Kaitak CentrePLUS9 minutes ago

Date: 30 October 2015 (Friday)
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: CVA 204, 2/F, Communication & Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
*Video is in Cantonese only with no English subtitles.

We often say success equals to eight parts intuition and experience with two parts theory. It is especially true when it comes to art making. Other than having an outstanding concept, a practical execution plan is as important. Wong Ching Fat, a very experience exhibition planner who is known as Master Fat, is proud of his professions in carrying out different exhibiting plans in helping art creators solve whatever problems they encountered using his unique hand crafting techniques and experience. Before stepping in the creative industry and works shoulders by shoulders with artists and designers, Master Fat was a professional artisan in plastic glass construction. He self learnt all the required techniques and excelled in the area. As a strong believer of accumulative experience, Master Fat has encountered various problems and issues yet he made himself the guru of the creative industry.

New Vision Art Talk Series III: Collaborative Community Project and Its Social Engagements

Date: 8 December 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: CVA 110, Communications & Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University (5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Speaker: Ms. Stephanie Cheung (Lead Curator of MaD (Make a Difference))
*Video is in Cantonese only with no English subtitles.

In this talk we have invited Stephanie Cheung, Lead Curator of MaD (Make a Difference) to share with us her experience in community projects focusing on collaborative place-making. She will also share with us the experience of her residency trip to the U.S sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2015, in which she has visited several cities to look into the development of socially engaged art.

K.O.H.D. (Knocking on Heaven's Door): Public Lecture by Prof. Huang Xiaopeng

Date:27 Oct 2016 (Thursday)
Time:18:30 – 20:00
Venue:Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 104), Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong
Moderator: Prof. John Aiken (Director, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Is the utopia of Modernization based on the repeated translation of the Western concept? How does the changing of language in uence the construction of today’s society?

I am interested in the concept of (mis)TRANSLATION and (dis)LOCATION, and how they relate to the dilemma of the Globalization process. Inspired both by Dada’s ideal of Random and by OuLiPo (where Random is forbidden), I appropriated texts from music lyrics, books, articles, political mottos and advertisements that in uence the Chinese perception and internalization of modernity and political ideals, and use Google online translation to analyze the politics in the relationship between language and image. When all the contexts disappear from the translation corpus system, these statements became like a poetry in our absurd time.

Urban Guru Talk Series I: The Plumbing Master

Date: 29 Apr 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Venue: WLB211, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University
*Video is in Cantonese only with no English subtitles.

If you pay enough attention, you will find the advertisement of the renowned local Plumbing Master in hand written graffiti style in every corner of the city.

As the advertisement comes in different size and shape in enormous quantity, it has become one important visual element that forms the urban cityscape. Without having this as the intention, how will the Plumbing Master respond to this phenomenon? Also, how does he apply his creative thoughts to his plumbing career?

Negative Hallucinations: Public Lecture by Daniel Bozhkov

Date: 19 Jan 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Venue: WLB104, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Daniel Bozhkov is a Bulgarian-born artist based in New York City. He employs a variety of media: from fresco to performance and video, and works with experts from different fields: genetic scientists, TV talk show hosts, traditional bakers, to activate the public space. He has exhibited at MoMA P.S.1 and Queens Museum in New York, Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, Platform Garanti in Istanbul, and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK. His work was included in international exhibitions such as the 9th Istanbul Biennale (Turkey, 2005), 1st Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (Russia, 2005), 6th Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2007), Liverpool Biennial (UK, 2010). Daniel Bozhkov has taught as a Lecturer at Yale University School of Art and Columbia University Visual Arts Division, and a visiting artist at Rijksacademie van beeldende kunsten  in Amsterdam, and Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Hunter College in New York City. 

After Life: Public Lecture by Claudia Terstappen

Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: WLB 104, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong

Over the past 20 years Claudia Terstappen’s research has concentrated on knowledge systems and how knowledge is communicated in different times, countries and cultures. She has focused on beliefs, forms of worship and rituals as they are part of our daily experience in both our local and global environments.
She has particularly focused on religious iconography, objects and ceremonies because they give meaning and shape to suffering and deep emotional pain that words fail to pin down. They are witnesses to human emotion that struggles to fit into a world that is dominated by science, technology and logic.
In order to visit religious sites, interview people and experience rituals in regional and remote areas, she has lived, worked and travelled in Brazil, Columbia, Iceland, Spain, France, Japan, North America and Australia. The range of cultural differences and similarities I encountered were often surprising.
These experiences have manifested themselves in large-scale photographic works, sculptures, installations and more recently videos. By applying different media and materials to my works, she offers different temporalities and suggest alternative ways of experiencing time, culture and place. Between 2010 and 2014 she focused on death rituals including those that involve live animals. In addition to traditional bullfights in Spain, I also looked at animals that were sacrificed for science, and animals killed on our roads as a result of our daily work rituals.