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23 & 24th Jan| A weekend at the Biennale

January 24th, 2010

Weekend 23-24th January

| City Image & Identity An Urban Design Roundtable |
Main Pavilion, 22 January 2010, 16.30-18.30


Discussion on urban issues – Presented by UDC AIA HK Organized by Dr. Sujata S. Govada, LEED®AP, AICP, HKIP, Managing Director, Co Chair, Urban Design Committee, AIA Hong Kong. Discussing on Hong Kong urban issue. How can Hong Kong improve its image and identity to compete with other Chinese cities like Shanghai and Beijing, regional cities like Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, and international cities like London, Chicago and New York.

| Street Culture: Art + Design + Activism | [Offsite Partner Event]
Fringe Theatre, 23 January 2010, 10.00-12.30


Join a debate on Saturday with Henry Steiner (Designer), Benny Chia (Arts administrator), Law Man-lok (Artist), Mirana May Szeto (Literature), Tony Lam (Architect) and Oscar Ho (Curator). Organized and moderated by Paul Zimmerman,founding member of Designing Hong Kong Limited, a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable planning in Hong Kong.



| HKIP Public Forum on Planning for Cultural Districts in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta |
Cultural Classroom, 23 January 2010, 14.30 – 16.30


Convenor: Mr. KK Ling, Immediate Past President of HKIP and will be conducted in Mandarin and Cantonese only. Speakers include: Mr. Augustine Ng, Project Director, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority | Dr. Jose Chui, Chairman, Macau Urban Planning Institute | Prof. Wang Lu-min, Director of Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, University of Shenzhen | Prof. Lu Qi, School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou


| Preview of ‘Regeneration’ – a counterpoint installation to ‘Excavation’ | [Offsite Event]
Graham Street Market (at the corner of Gage Street and Gutzlaff Street, Central), 23 January 2010, 19.00


by Kingsley Ng, Syren Johnstone and Daniel Patzold.


| Xu Bing Forest Project | [Private Event]
Cultural Classroom, West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, 24 January 2010, 10.30-12.00


Forest Project seeks to establish a self-sustaining system that links art lovers in developed countries with local communities in developing countries. Proceeds from developed countries in this system will be used for tree-planting purposes in the developing countries. The two worlds are linked symbiotically through online auctions of artwork created by students from primary schools. This time around, a tree-planting event in Hong Kong will be included as part of the project. The project hopes to increase environmental awareness through the different expressions in art form.


| Pun Choi Feast | [Private Event]
Helicopter Landing Pad, 24 January 2010, 10.30 – 14.30


Organized by O.S.J. Funds to the Elderlies Kowloon Federation of Association, this is a pre-Chinese New Y ear get together for the 2,000 elderlies.



Last weekend at the Biennale

January 24th, 2010


23 January| Hong Kong Institute of Planners Forum

January 21st, 2010

HKIP Forum 23 January

香港規劃師學會公眾論壇:香港及珠江三角洲文化區規劃
HKIP Public Forum on Planning for Cultural Districts in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta


日期: 一月二十三日(星期六)
Date : 23 January (Saturday)


時間: 下午二時半至四時半
Time : 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


場地 : 文化課室[W63],西九龍海濱長廊
Venue: Cultural Classroom [W63], West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade


語言: 廣東話/普通話(不設即時傳譯)
Language: Cantonese/Mandarin (without SI)


主持人: 凌嘉勤先生, 香港規劃師學會前會長
Convenor: Mr. KK Ling, Immediate Past President of HKIP

嘉賓講者Speakers


伍華强先生|西九龍文化區管理局發展項目總監
Mr. Augustine Ng | Project Director, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority


崔世平博士|澳門城市規劃學會會長
Dr. Jose Chui | Chairman, Macau Urban Planning Institute


王魯民教授|深圳大學城市規劃設計研究院院長
Prof. Wang Lu-min | Director of Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, University of Shenzhen


陸琦教授|廣州華南理工大學建築學院
Prof. Lu Qi | School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou



A fun-filled Saturday on January 16th!

January 16th, 2010

Events for 16 Jan

11:45 – 12:00
Media Reception

Main Pavilion [M1]

12:00 – 13:00
Two Wongs Going to Sea
Main Pavilion [M1] -> sea -> LCSD site [W60]

One of the major highlights of HKSZ Biennale, Kacey Wong will go to sea on his “Paddling Home” and Stanley Wong will go to sea on his “Heaven on Earth”.  Kacey has already attracted a lot of media attention with his “Paddling Home,” but this time, he’s really “risking” his life to go to sea.
Stanley’s “Heaven on Earth” is yet to be unveiled, but he has never disappointed us.

13:00 – 14:30

BYOBall Match
BYOBall [E55]

Co-organized by Sebastien St-Jean and Olo Nitka, BYOBall features a 3-way pitch with 3 goals and 60 people playing at the same time.  Can you imagine what a game it will be?
Hmm, come and see for yourself.


14:30 – 15:30
myCity-to-Pattern

Cultural Classroom [W63]

In this educational workshop conducted by Mr. Andrew Tirta, digital tools will be used where participants can play with images and transform them into three-dimensional models by using the CNC milling machine, producing objects
for participants to take home.

15:00 – 17:00

BYOBowl: Harvest your own Salad

Eco Farm – Green Pixel [E34]
It’s time to harvest the vegetables planted by over 160 kids on Nov 15!
BYOBowl and enjoy a salad made with freshly harvested organic vegetables on-site, or BYOBag and take a salad home to enjoy.  Organized by Pat Chu of S.E.E.D. and the Organic Farm, one of the Biennale’s exhibitors of Eco Farm- Green Pixel

RSVP to seed@seed.org.hk

17:00 – 19:00

Moving on from… the Copenhagen UN Climate Summit
Main Pavilion [M1]

In an engaging forum organized by the Professional Green Building Council, 6 distinguished speakers will discuss the Copenhagen UN Climate Summit and what it means for Hong Kong.  Speakers include: Ms Debra Lam, ARUP; Ms. Fontane Lau, Hong Kong Climate Tracker; Mr. Lam Chiu Ying, Ex-Director of Hong Kong Observatory; Dr. William Yu, WWF Hong Kong; Mr. KS Wong, Professional Green Building Council Chairman; Ryan Ng of World College, with 3 student attendees of the Copenhagen Conference.

RSVP to info@hkszbiennale.org on or before 15 January.


19:00 – 19:45
Special BYOB Lecture – The Socially Responsible Architect

Main Pavilion [M1]

Discussing his essay featured in the Biennale catalogue, Chan Koon Chung will lead a lecture on the topic of the Socially Responsible Architect.  A must for architects and design fans alike!


Introduction by Marisa Yiu (Chief Curator), Moderated by Eric Schuldenfrei (Curator for Exhibition, Education, Film and Media)


‘His words carry weight. He is one of the most experienced players in Chinese media, having founded magazines, written and produced feature films and TV dramas, started and run a satellite TV station, and written novels, collections of essays and even a treatise on Marxist literary criticism. In the early 1990s, he pioneered Hong Kong investment in Mainland cultural and entertainment businesses…In 1976 Chan Koon-chung founded the groundbreaking cultural Magazine Hao Wai (City Magazine), which started out as a tabloid biweekly, something like the Village Voice, and transformed itself into the most profitable glossy lifestyle magazine in Hong Kong. In its first decade, Hao Wai caught a certain cultural moment in Hong Kong — the adolescence of the city, the moment when a group of Hong Kong hipsters at the cutting edge of Hong Kong’s cultural life started writing, in Chinese, about cosmopolitan affairs of concern to every other major world city. The magazine’s scope was generous: everything from gay culture to left wing theory to fashion.’- by Jeremy Goldkorn (for DANWEI Chinese media, advertising, and urban life, June 11 2004)

RSVP to info@hkszbiennale.org on or before 15 January.



Here comes the(f)un

January 16th, 2010


Jan 9th EVENT: BYOBand- Street Music West Kowloon

January 9th, 2010

Bring Your Own Band: Street Music West Kowloon

Enjoy a picnic dinner and enjoy rock, blues, electronic and classical music on the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. One night only! Featuring The Yours, A Roller Control and Jing Wong.
Date: Saturday 9 January
Time: 18:30-20:30
Cost: FREE
Location: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Enquiry: Sam Yu (852) 6200 2501 or sam.yu@hkszbiennale.org
Curated by Kung Chi Shing
Description
The Yours
Bursting into the Hong Kong indie music scene in 2005, The Yours have quickly established themselves with a reputation for their stunning live performances. Variously described as a mixture of post-punk and shoegazing, their music is punctuated by walls of fuzzed out guitar riffs and a steady, almost drum-machine like rhythm section. In 2006 HK Rockit music festival they released their debut album, Abraham. Their title track “Missed Call” is also included on Northern St ar Records’ (UK) Compilation <Psychedelica Volume 2>. Now The Yours are peparing their 2nd album.
Jack—vocals and guitar
Nic—guitar
A Roller Control
“ARC’s dance fever is generated not only with knobs-and-dials, but also with live bass and keys… It recalls elements of Ratatat and New Zealand’s So So Modern, but manages to breathe a life all of its own. If you’re one to keep a logbook of bands that will help define a city’s nascent underground scene, put the initials ARC at the top of the list on the first page, and then double underline.” – Hamish McKenzie (Time Out Magazine)
Alok (programming, bass, keys)
Nerve (programming, mixing, keys)
Nadim (vocals, keys, guitar)
Sebastian (drums, vocals)
Jing Wong
Trained as a theatre designer and director in London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Jing Wong has honed his music style by rich music influences in London from Blues to Folk to Rock. His main influences are Folk singer-song writers like Nick Drake and more recently Kings of Convenience and even Damien Rice.
Jing has won awards in Tom Lee’s Sound Base Acoustic Band competition 2004 as FIrst-runner up and Best Original Song, and also HEARTBEAT’s Acoustic Band competition’s Champion.  In the past 2 years he has been active as a Street Performer playing his original songs on the streets of Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and TST. He is also a Fashion Designer for his brand Daydream Nation, and do Stage and Costumes design for PIP Theatre occasionally.
+ surprise classical music appearances!
Organization
This event is organized by William Lane/Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Giorgio Biancorosso, in partnership with the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture.

Enjoy a picnic dinner and enjoy rock, blues, electronic and classical music on the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Featuring The Yours, A Roller Control and Jing Wong.

Date: Saturday 9 January

Time: 18:30-20:30

Cost: FREE

Location: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

Enquiry: Sam Yu (852) 6200 2501 or sam.yu@hkszbiennale.org

Curated by Kung Chi Shing

The Yours

Bursting into the Hong Kong indie music scene in 2005, The Yours have quickly established themselves with a reputation for their stunning live performances. Variously described as a mixture of post-punk and shoegazing, their music is punctuated by walls of fuzzed out guitar riffs and a steady, almost drum-machine like rhythm section. In 2006 HK Rockit music festival they released their debut album, Abraham. Their title track “Missed Call” is also included on Northern St ar Records’ (UK) Compilation <Psychedelica Volume 2>. Now The Yours are peparing their 2nd album.

Jack—vocals and guitar

Nic—guitar

A Roller Control

“ARC’s dance fever is generated not only with knobs-and-dials, but also with live bass and keys… It recalls elements of Ratatat and New Zealand’s So So Modern, but manages to breathe a life all of its own. If you’re one to keep a logbook of bands that will help define a city’s nascent underground scene, put the initials ARC at the top of the list on the first page, and then double underline.” – Hamish McKenzie (Time Out Magazine)

Alok (programming, bass, keys)

Nerve (programming, mixing, keys)

Nadim (vocals, keys, guitar)

Sebastian (drums, vocals)

Jing Wong

Trained as a theatre designer and director in London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Jing Wong has honed his music style by rich music influences in London from Blues to Folk to Rock. His main influences are Folk singer-song writers like Nick Drake and more recently Kings of Convenience and even Damien Rice.

Jing has won awards in Tom Lee’s Sound Base Acoustic Band competition 2004 as FIrst-runner up and Best Original Song, and also HEARTBEAT’s Acoustic Band competition’s Champion.  In the past 2 years he has been active as a Street Performer playing his original songs on the streets of Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and TST. He is also a Fashion Designer for his brand Daydream Nation, and do Stage and Costumes design for PIP Theatre occasionally.

+ surprise classical music appearances!

This event is organized by William Lane/Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Giorgio Biancorosso, in partnership with the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture.



Bring Your Own Band: Street Music West Kowloon

January 9th, 2010


Jan 9 | SUITMAN at the Biennale!

January 9th, 2010

Suitman

Date 日期: January 9 一月九日

Time 時間: 20.30 onwards

Venue 地點: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade 西九龍海濱長廊

Suitman a.k.a. Young Kim

Manifesto taken from http://suitman.org/manifesto.php

Eighteen years ago, I began to use snapshot photography as a means of documenting my travels.

At the time of my first unofficial Suitman session, I was in this process of relocating for my work. My belongings packed – in transit across the continent left me the freedom and alienation of being momentarily rootless and access to only one black suit. At that time, my motivation for choosing a suit as my uniform to carry me through this period of disconnection was unclear then.


Several thousand photos later, suit as resistance from alienation solidified. Until the age of ten, Seoul was my home; my only cultural reference. As my adolescence and early adulthood
was spent in the U.S., my identity became Asian-American. Two cultures in one skin, neither fitting.

I considered myself to be American-as did any blind person I encountered. But sighted people could not accept me as culturally American.


My next job-induced relocation took me back to Asia.
As an Asian in Japan, I expected my face to ease my acceptance into the modern physical society.

However, I found my alienation on a par with that which I experienced in America, only in the reverse. My face fit, my persona did not.

Suitman is the manifestation, in a physical, plastic form, of this lifelong alienation.

The circle, which my return to Asia closed, eliminated the possibility of fitting in anywhere, and left Suitman the freedom to therefore create his own world everywhere.

* Suitman tips his glasses to Gilbert & George, Tseng Kwong Chi and, Cindy Sherman.



SUITMAN at the Biennale!

January 9th, 2010


Jan 9th EVENT: BYOBlanket- Yoga event with Tiana Harilela

January 9th, 2010

BYOBlanket: Yoga event with Tiana Harilela

Join this envigorating and exciting event, in which we will go through 54 sun salutations!

A half of a mala (108) and modifications will be given for those accordingly.

All levels are welcome to attend!

January 9, 2010

16.30 -18.00

West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

RSVP through rsvp@hkszbiennale.org on or before 7th Jan 2010.

The potential benefits of the sun salutation are impressive!

They include:

- Increased flexibility to the hamstrings

- Enhanced upper body strength (notably, the muscles in the back of the arms)

- Better strength and mobility of the low back

- Improved flexibility in the chest and front shoulder muscles

And since it’s performed in the format of uniting breath, posture, and mindfulness, one  stands to further gain benefit in the form of stress reduction, enhanced quality of breathing, relaxation, and -believe it or not- increased energy!

About Tiana

Born and raised in Hong Kong and Indian by origin, Tiana started practicing yoga from a young age following the spiritual teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda with whom her family has been affiliated with since the 1940’s. A significant part of her development into adulthood has been influenced by his teachings. Prior to teaching yoga, Tiana worked in the corporate world for 11 years. She has worked with global companies such as the LVMH Group and The Financial Times. Tiana now teaches Mysore, Ashtanga Led classes, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Pre- Natal Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance International.

Join this envigorating and exciting event, in which we will go through 54 sun salutations!
A half of a mala (108) and modifications will be given for those accordingly.
All levels are welcome to attend.
January 9, 2010
16.30 -18.00
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
RSVP through rsvp@hkszbiennale.org on or before 7th Jan 2010.
The potential benefits of the sun salutation are impressive!
They include:
- Increased flexibility to the hamstrings
- Enhanced upper body strength (notably, the muscles in the back of the arms)
- Better strength and mobility of the low back
- Improved flexibility in the chest and front shoulder muscles
And since it’s performed in the format of uniting breath, posture, and mindfulness, one  stands to further gain benefit in the form of stress reduction, enhanced quality of breathing, relaxation, and -believe it or not- increased energy!
About Tiana
Born and raised in Hong Kong and Indian by origin, Tiana started practicing yoga from a young age following the spiritual teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda with whom her family has been affiliated with since the 1940’s. A significant part of her development into adulthood has been influenced by his teachings. Prior to teaching yoga, Tiana worked in the corporate world for 11 years. She has worked with global companies such as the LVMH Group and The Financial Times. Tiana now teaches Mysore, Ashtanga Led classes, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Pre- Natal Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance International.


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