Back to Play and Bazaar

Community Art Network

 

M.U.R.S.

 

Curatorial Statement

Community Art Network is dedicated to serving the community through promoting enjoyment and creation of arts. For the Freespace Fest 2014 a total experience is designed to bring an engaging arts experience for the audience, especially the family audience with young children. They will be immersed and interwoven by dual elements, namely the Bazaar and Back to Play.

 

The Bazaar is the hustling and bustling place where the invited artists and designers will sell or display their artworks tailored for the Freespace Fest goers. These artists and designers are invited to participate in an open-call and selected to fit the anticipation and ambiance of the whole Freespace Fest. Apart from having their respective displays, all participating artists and designers will have a chance to interact with a bigger group of audience and explain to them their artworks and conceptual ideas. Also some of the works here are linked to Back to Play, where participants will enjoy being back to basics. When people's interaction and communication are largely made either by digital device or through social media, an authentic human connection is desirable and worth to attain. Through simple and traditional games that are nostalgic to grown-ups, but nonetheless exciting and intriguing to children, we believe this connection is achievable.

About

Community Art Network (CAN) is an art organization devoted in serving the society through arts. CAN is committed to the betterment of different communities through organizing, managing and promoting the enjoyment and creation of arts. Since its inception, CAN has participated in artistic planning, administration, co-ordination works and audience building while handling professional exhibition space, as well as public spaces, such as parks, airports and even international venue of the Shanghai Expo. CAN has extensive experience not only in visual art, but also in music, performing art, design and many other diverse forms of arts and cultures. CAN believes that by making a harmonious liaison between different groups of people and partners, a richer experience can be achieved among artists involved and participating audience. This is why community is always at the heart of each project CAN partakes and CAN’s core value comes from serving the communities.

 

 

Dance

Curatorial Statement

'Private Dances' is an intimate adventure through which artists and audiences can connect and share a moment of dance. Located in a magical camp-ground where camping tents house live performances and mini dance-films, 'Private Dances' has been envisioned for people to engage up-close with the textures, qualities, rhythms and nuance of dance.

 

'Private Dances' was first created for Melbourne's Next Wave Festival in 2010 and re-imagined for Melbourne's Speakeasy (Darebin Arts) 2013. The project has been described as a 'gift' to the audience - it places people in the privileged position of sensing, hearing, smelling, affecting (sometimes even touching!) the dancer.

 

The live performances and the films are created by dance artists of varying styles and perspectives, and the format of 'Private Dances' allows for a social and conversational space for lively discussion and reflection. Each visitor to 'Private Dances' experiences their own 'degustation' of dance. It's a lucky dip so everybody's journey is different.

 

With the Hong Kong Edition, we are excited to present two different sessions each day with live performances by Hong Kong based artists and films by Australian artists. 'Private Dances' showcases choreographers at different stages of their career, from those just beginning to assert their identity such as Chun-ho Ivanhoe Lam and Yang Hao, right through to established and influential artists such as the sophisticated and highly regarded Mui Cheuk-yin.

 

'Private Dances' is celebratory, like a mini carnival. It is a magical and memorable return to the essence of the body. So the FreeSpace Fest model and mission, with its blurring of boundaries and highly activated use of space makes it the perfect match for 'Private Dances'.

About

Anna Cheng

 

M.U.R.S.

 

Anna Cheng is a versatile talent crossing the role of a producer, performer and writer in performing arts. She has led a wide range of local and international dance and theatre projects in Hong Kong and abroad, e.g. Hong Kong Dance Festival 2010, IDEA 2007, Little Asia Dance Exchange Network Tour 2004 etc. Last year, she established her own agency Air Between Us that initiates and responds to ideas, artists and projects that are fun, special and engaging. It also manages the import and export of contemporary dance productions in Hong Kong and across the globe.

 

 

Nat Cursio

 

Literary Arts

 

Nat Cursio is an Australian artist working predominantly with dance. She creates experimental choreographies, curated programs and developmental platforms under the umbrella of Nat Cursio Co. Nat has presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and around Australia. Nat’s work is detailed, sensory and often presented in unconventional settings, with an interest in the potential for dance to elicit micro and macro change. Recent projects include Blizzard (a dance/sound work for 3 dancers), The Middle Room (a one-on-one live-art experience at Nat’s own home, Inaugural Festival of Live Art) and the award-winning Private Dances (Arts House 2010 + Speakeasy 2013).

 

Literary Arts

 

Liu Wai Tong@The House of Hong Kong Literature

 

Physical Theatre

 

Curatorial Statement

Words have been so overused in our everyday life that they are worn and tired, even becoming a prison of the human heart. Poetry is a freedom fighter that sets words free. It does to words what an alchemist does to stones—turning them into gold. At Poetry Concert, poets from Taiwan, mainland China and Hong Kong like Lo Sirong, Yan Jun, Che Qianzi, Lau Yee-ching, Chan Chi-tak, Yuen Che-hung, Cao Shuying and Wilson Tsang will come together to explore the possibilities of words and sounds, and in doing so, to revitalise participants' experience and appreciation of poetry.

 

About

Liu Wai Tong
Liu Waitong is a poet, writer and photographer. He was born in Guangdong in 1975 and moved to Hong Kong in 1997.  He has been awarded several literary prizes in Hong Kong and Taiwan, including the China Times Literary Award, the United Daily News Award, and the Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Best Artist (Literature). He often receives invitations to participate in local and international literary events, including the Taipei Poetry Festival in 2011 and Poetry International Rotterdam in 2013. Since his debut in 1995, Liu has published eleven collections of poetry.

 

The House of Hong Kong Literature
Local writers and scholars in Hong Kong have been advocating for the establishment of the Hong Kong Literature Museum since 2009. An initiative group was set up to explore the further development of the Hong Kong literary scene and to arouse extensive discussions. In 2012, in collaboration with local universities and art organizations, the original initiative group was reorganized as the "Workshop for the House of Hong Kong Literature" and began to organize a variety of literary and cultural activities. In 2013, adding new members and restructuring, “The House of Hong Kong Literature” was established as a first step towards the realization of a full scale Literature Museum.

 

 

Music

 

William Lane@HKNME

 

M.U.R.S.

Photo: Wing Shya

Curatorial Statement

I'm interested in ideas. I think many Hong Kongers are too. Sometimes ideas take hold of us like "the demented fury of a hound that has sunk its teeth into the leg of a deer carcass" [Werner Herzog].

 

To feed that insatiable curiosity, my selections for Freespace Fest focus on The Absurd, The Eclectic, The Mundane and The Profound. I've always wanted to hear one Cantonese pop song for 24 hours inside a giant fake igloo; create a 111 musical bicycle parade; and hear George Crumb, Steve Reich, John Zorn and Hindustani classical music all within the same music marathon. And creating interesting cross-sections with other curators' programmes. Within this aesthetic chaos, to create a kind of polyglot participatory utopia for a curious Hong Kong public.

About

William Lane performed as a soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician all over Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America. He studied under Jan Sedivka (Australia), Bruno Giuranna (Italy) and Garth Knox (France), as well as in Germany at the International Ensemble Modern Akademie, and in Switzerland at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. He has taught at universities in Australia, the U.S.A, the U.K, Mexico, Ireland and China. 

 

He was Principal Viola of Ensemble Resonanz, a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest violist of Ensemble Modern, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Lucerne Festival Strings. He is currently a member of the Anonymous Quartet (Hong Kong); and is Founder/Artistic Director of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, China’s premiere new music group resident at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He was awarded the 2013 “Award for Young Artist (Music)” from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

Mike Orange

 

M.U.R.S.

 

Curatorial Statement

Music in Hong Kong has long fallen within set perimeters and boundaries. Genres such as classical music, traditional Chinese music, pop and rock music, have often lacked common dialogue, with communication between individual music groups and audiences far and far between. This has in turn led to certain presumptions and stereotyping towards a variety of music styles, for example: classical music is more high-class, traditional Chinese music is old- fashioned, rock music is a bad influence and should not be taken seriously. I hope my curatorial effort will help break down these boundaries and show the public the different side of music of different genres and styles, while giving performers a chance to leave their comfort zone to discover more musical possibilities.

About

Mike Orange is best known as the guitarist / keyboardist of local experimental rock band Chochukmo (觸執毛) and the guitarist of Ellen Loo & The Ripples Band.

 

He’s also a live guitarist supporting artists including Sammi Cheng, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, HOCC, Ellen Joyce Loo, Ivana Wong, Jing Wong etc. Other than being an artist and music performer, Mike is also a music arranger who has involved in music arrangement projects with various artists including HOCC, Ellen Joyce Loo, Jing Wong etc.

Except performance and music production works, Mike has been active in giving talks and sharing thoughts with teenagers in various seminars and clinics in different institutes e.g. seminars hosted by Renaissance Foundation 文藝復興基金會, and a free guitar clinic hosted by Mike himself.

 

 

DJ Shelf-Index

 

 

M.U.R.S.

 

Curatorial Statement

The use of technology in music production/creation is fascinating. From the first multi-track recorder to interactive home brew programmes and flooding options of synthesizers, technology is no longer a tool but an extension of the composers' minds and hands. The accessibility to various tools has flourished more creative talents than ever in history, and numerous ways of expressions and methods are generated around the world in every second. Music in 'Freespace Fest 2014' is all in for boundaries-breaking, recreation, and mashing-up of genres and forms. Programmes include DJ/rupture's 'Beyond Digital', a groundbreaking project initiated in Hong Kong; 'Judge By Self' by MC Yan, a found sound remix of arguably the most acclaimed local urban music album in 2014; an audio-visual performance by beat master Howie Lee; and 'Femme Genre' by RFHK, one of the most anticipated indie projects of the year that infused tablets into a performance.

 

On the other hand, we are also embracing the DJ culture. What is DJing and how far can it go? Apart from moving your body rhythmically to hot girls in bikinis behind the decks, DJing can also be a form of communication and a way to explore. In most cases, DJing is driven by the groove and the flow (which sometimes don't even goes with the beats). Given such loose rule, DJing is probably the most eclectic and flexible form of musical performance. By simply connecting two turntables and a mixer, a DJ can turn into a mentor, a tour guide, or a magician. At Freespace Fest I will present the most diverse sound party experience, from the classic 60s to 80s jam that represents the golden era of local music, deep bass underground, funk jams to experimental. (Did I mention that you'll be the one who controls the level of low end and the genre you listen to?)

About

Being an active member in the local bass/ experimental scene, as well as being a DJ, Shelf-Index is a computer musician, film director and illustrator. Other than being a member of the DJ crew “Are Friends Electric?” and “SYNC SING SIN”, he also supports the likes of Nguzunguzu, Filastine, Deville, Dexplicit, Zeratone and J-Hoon. He has produced music videos for Anthony Wong, Tat Ming Pair, Rubberband, Tsoi Sai-Ho, Polyklinik , Zuni Icosahedron, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Re-Record, Lona Records and many more. He started  working on the new musical project “Gravity Alterstra” with Alok in 2014, their debut will be released in early 2015.