::Hong Kong : Urban Scan: 21.07.2018 – 12.08.2018
Programme heads: Tobias Klein & Kyle Chung
The 5th iteration of Post-Industrial Landscapes continued the explorations into the surrounding ubiquitous digital realm and its potential for new architectural and narrative grounds
This year, the focus is on the artifice of Hong Kong as an ever-changing cultural landscape. Ranging from its concrete reinforced mountain slopes, reclaimed grounds, subdivided flats, non-restricted import of any goods and 0 percent VAT, no wonder Hong Kong has emerged as the largest art market in Asia and the third largest in the world. A massive demand of and the supply through a relatively young art scene has given rise to the fluid power structure in cultural best practices. The consequence is a change of the cultural and physical landscape in Hong Kong with recent developments of West Kowloon Cultural District and mega-art fairs such as Hong Kong Art Basel.
The question is whether architecture can adapt to such a fluid new model? Traditionally, in urbanism terms, Hong Kong serves as an exception not model - never been able to be adapted by another planned city. In cultural terms, Hong Kong is often undervalued if not belittled for its monetary dominance. Yet beneath the surface, what is the relationship between a space and its artificiality- its cultural production? Through combining intensive exploration of the city with visits of major summer exhibitions in for-profit galleries as well as non-profit art spaces in Hong Kong, the programme will create a model space of Hong Kong that is not based on classical architectural understanding, yet through curating the city, articulating strategies of scenography and cultural identities in flux.
The city will be scanned and constructed in conversation with its artist, exhibitors and architects.
Architectural Association Visiting School (AAVS) Hong Kong provides an opportunity to redefine architecture as art/exhibition-making processes with curatorial strategies.