HOPE & GLORY Forum
Date: 14 May 2010
Today, East Asia is experiencing rapid and unprecedented urbanization. Art is increasingly being viewed as a 'creative industry' indispensable to tourism and the economy. Within this context, many governments and metropolitan authorities are seeking to promote the Arts and to 'regenerate' urban spaces.
In Re-Generation, De-Generation artists, performers and cultural critics explore the relationship between art, cities and community. In particular, they consider the deep-rooted assumptions that underlie the concept of 'regeneration': namely, that urban spaces are prone to decay and therefore require a counter-process of continual revival. But is this true? What are the implications of cultural interventions in the name of renewal? And what would happen if - in the spirit of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities - Hong Kong was imagined as a multitude of possible cities which art could help to make visible?
Participants include: Alvis Choi (Videotage), Gray Kocchar Lindgren (University of Washington Bothell and HKU), Ah Kok (HK-based musician), Wallace Chan Ping-Hung (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Cynthia Lee (Dragon Garden Charitable Trust), Joanna Lee (C for Culture and a member of the San Po Kong Creative Industry Concern Group), Horace Tse (Loft Stage) and others.
The HOPE & GLORY forums and related educational programmes were generously supported by a grant from Louis Vuitton.
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