PF25 cultural projects : 2023 Programme
3 x 7 = 21 Sogetsu Ikebana Performance
by Hedy Leung
Friday, 1 December
1830 doors open
1930 open studio + snacks and drinks Hong Kong style
Salon Mondial, Freilager-platz 9, Münchenstein/Basel (Tram 11: Freilager)
Through the creative lens of Sogetsu Ikebana, it amplifies the exquisite beauty within our everyday encounters and the intimate connections that flourish through shared anecdotes and stories.
Ikebana practice finds inspiration in everyday experience, such as the ever-changing seasons, city life, or even the most mundane of routines. The performance interweaves the Sogetsu Ikebana practice with stories and memories linked to everyday objects. It reveres the inherent grace
discovered within the ordinary and depicts how ikebana harmoniously resonates with the intricate narratives that accompany our daily lives.
The ikebana performance embodies a living anecdote, a shared story from the artist, offering a glimpse into the personal significance of the objects collected during the PF25 residency at Atelier Mondial. It extends an open invitation to partake in the artist’s unique journey and the connections that have been forged along the way.
Click here for details of the Sogetsu Ikebana Family Workshop
'A Blossom A Day' with Hedy Leung on 2 Dec 2023
Menhir Tapestry 1 (2023) by Hedy Leung for
Radio X Arts Festival opening performance
Photo by Julian Salinas
The programme is supported by:
What's just happened
Vernissage: Friday 20.10 17-21h
Open Studio: 21.10 12-18h
Exhibition until 3.11. Viewing by appointment only: team@PF25.org.
Atelier Mondial Studio 3 : Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Münchenstein/Basel (Tram 11 to Freilager)
Supported by Christoph Merian Stiftung and Hong Kong Arts Development Council
PF25 cultural projects proudly presents acclaimed video artist Ellen Pau's latest creation, 'Speculative Generations of Flora Zero.' This captivating video installation delves into the intricate genetics of Bauhinia x blakeana, commonly known as the Hong Kong Orchid Tree. The narrative of this work revolves around the fact that the plant cannot self-propagate without the horticultural practice of grafting and rooting cuttings. The plant was a serendipitous discovery by a French Catholic missionary along the shoreline of Pokfulam in colonial Hong Kong in the 1880s. This botanical rarity was named in honour of Sir Henry Blake, who served as the city's British Governor from 1898 to 1903.
The 'x' indicates that the plant is a hybrid not typically found in nature. It is not considered a species but rather an artificially maintained cultivar. This sparks the nurturing of speculative generations of Flora Zero, deeply rooted in its parental species. Becoming the city emblem in 1973, the flower gained prominence post the 1997 handover, adorning coins and flags. The audience can experience a fraction of the genome sonification from the Bauhinia x blakeana in this installation.
Pau's exploration adeptly intertwines genetics, history, and AI, cultivating 'Flora Zero' within AI-generated landscapes for future generations. This confluence channels the genome's sacred essence and a profound message for Hong Kong.
Click here for the artist's biography and more details from the curatorial text by Angelika Li.
Portrait by Julian Salinas.
The exhibition is supported by:
Menhir Tapestry Community Project
October 16th and 17th | 12H - 19H
Radio X at Freilager-Platz
Radio X_Arts Festival Opening Performance by Hedy Leung
October 20th | 1730h | Transbona-Halle
During our two community project days in collaboration with Radio X, the public is invited to contribute an object that was once precious in their lives and now ready for a second life. We welcome objects that are non-perishable, non-food, no larger than a standard bicycle, and weighing no heavier than 10kg.
As part of this collaborative experience, the artist Hedy Leung will record your wishes, prayers, and blessings with the objects, which will become integral to her upcoming installation, 'Menhir Tapestry 1.' Hedy will interweave these sentiments with her Sogetsu Ikebana performance in the opening, culminating in the creation of a menhir tapestry. This work will be presented as a special gift from the community to mark Radio X's 25th anniversary at the X_Arts Festival opening.
about the project
As humans, we possess the capacity to shape our desires into reality. Not merely through materials, but with knowledge, memory, hopes, imagination, and dreams. We can shape our world to reflect the values and ideals we hold dear, building a better future for ourselves and generations to come.
‘Menhir Tapestry 1’ by Hedy Leung is a new performative installation constructed using objects collected from the community, akin to a ‘menhir tapestry’ where the artist imbues the collected sounds of blessings from the participants. It is an interwoven collection that forms a profound piece—a multi-dimensional creation embodying blessings, stories, dreams, contributions, energies, emotions, and the essence of the involved community.
United in collective blessings, we can nurture cultural awareness and acceptance, bringing together diverse backgrounds through shared experiences. This process shapes a closely-knit community, cultivating a shared purpose that fosters empathy and deep understanding.By acknowledging and honouring diverse cultures and traditions, we break down barriers and foster respect and mutual understanding.
presented by PF25 cultural projects
curated by Angelika Li
Community Engagement Days | 16 - 17.10.2023 | 12 - 19h
Venue | Radio X, Freilager-Platz
Venue | Transbona-Halle, Florenz-Strasse 13
HOW TO GET THERE
public transport: Tram 11 to Freilager or Tram 10 / Bus 36 to Dreispitz // By car from Basel City towards Münchenstein / Dreispitz-Freilager, entrance gate 13, Parking garage: Ruchfeld
FESTIVAL OPENING HOURS
Friday, October 20th | 1730H - 22H
Saturday, October 21st |12H - 22H
Lau Kin Wai
at Atelier Mondial, September 2023
Lau Kin Wai embarked on his artistic career by writing art reviews for the 'Hong Kong Economic Journal' from 1986 to 1995. During this period, he authored three books: 'Landscape in the Mirror' (1987), 'Moveable Landscape' (1990), and 'Inside and Outside the Frame' (1992).
In 1989, Kin Wai pioneered the concept of private dining, a trend that had a significant impact not only in Hong Kong but also in Taiwan and mainland China. His dedication to culinary excellence led to his restaurant '留家廚房' Kin’s Kitchen being awarded a Michelin star.
In 1997, Kin Wai curated ‘The Calligraphy of Tsang Tsou-choi, The King of Kowloon’ which transformed the way many people perceive 'Art Brut'. Not only does he write about art, he also practises calligraphy and ink on paper.
During his PF25 residency at Atelier Mondial in September, Kin Wai develops a new project ‘black on black’ in ink art. Some captures of our studio visit and conversations with Kin Wai can be viewed on our PF25 IG.
Homeland in Transit
Artists from Hong Kong, Taipei, and the Diaspora
14 September - 12 November
Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, E-WERK Freiburg, DE
Link to Curatorial Notes
Leung has a holistic approach to the balance of energies between human and nature. In her everyday practice, she explores the healing and revitalizing powers of sound, plants, and sogetsu ikebana.
Isaac Chong Wai, Traces in Silence
Solo Presentation, Galerie I
The political and performative qualities of Chong’s artistic practice are incorporated by an interdisciplinary approach, processing the exigency of societal shifts and global phenomena.
Winnie Soon, Unerasable Characters II, (2017 - 2020)
Custom-software installation, Galerie II
Soon is an artist coder and researcher interested in the cultural implications of digital infrastructure that addresses wider power asymmetries.
Oscar Chan Yik Long, A Horror to the Eyes of all Men Seeking Faith
Site-specific installation, Galerie II
Chan’s artistic practice focuses on personal experience and explores the conditions of life, how individuals associate themselves with others, fear, mythologies and popular visual culture.
Leung Chi Wo, Only Time Can Tell, 2010
Installation, Galerie II
As a visual artist, Leung combines historical explorations with conceptual investigations in a modern urban setting.
Anson Mak, The Black Wall, 2022
Super 8 film/video, colour, stereo, Galerie II
Moving image and sound artist Anson Mak is interested in urban redevelopment, queer culture and well-being in the forms of experimental ethnography and essay film.
Angela Su, The Afterlife of Rosy Leavers, 2017
Video, Galerie II
Su explores perception and imagery of the body through metamorphosis, hybridity and transformation. Her research-based projects materialize in drawings, videos, hair embroidery, performative and installation works.
Musquiqui Chihying, The Camera (16), 2016
Video , Galerie II
The filmmaker and multimedia artist Musquiqui Chihying explores the cultural and social identities constructed through the flow and circulation of audiovisual elements.
HOMELAND IN TRANSIT
Homeland in Transit is a series of exhibitions by Angelika Li. Through her move from Hong Kong to Basel in 2017, Li began to explore the complex and changing nature of „homeland“. The exhibition series explores different narratives and aspects of „homeland“: with borders, history, memory, cultural identity, diaspora, displacement and beyond.
image: Anson Mak, The Black Wall, 2022, film still, (c) courtesy the artist.
Residency, Community, Exhibition
Luke Ching in collaboration with Mei Cheung
ON THE GROUND
The act of embarking on a journey involves slowly distancing oneself from the familiar environment and transforming into a stranger in a new place. This process is essential in evoking one's sense of place and sharpening one's sensibilities and power of observation, as well as recalling the natural desire to communicate with people upon first encounter. By taking advantage of the benefits that come with a break from daily routines, ‘On the Ground’ showcases Luke Ching's ongoing projects and collaborations with Mei Cheung during their one-month PF25 residency in Basel.
Through a combination of videos, installations, and workshops, the exhibition explores the experiences of language, folk arts, urban weeds, and music that connect us to a place, whether it is the artists' hometown or the city they are about to get acquainted with. ‘On the Ground’ invites viewers to reflect on their own sense of place and the relationships they form with new environments, ultimately prompting a deeper understanding and appreciation of the communities and cultures that shape our world.
> Info Sheet
> Exhibition Part I Map
‘On the Ground’ Community Projects / Workshops
(1) Secret Garden: Know the Weeds
Unattended, widespread, sometimes invisible but never disappeared, weeds quietlywitness the life of a place. Each place has its unique combination of weeds with thestories of people living in the neighborhood embedded in. By getting to know the weeds in a particular place, we can develop a sense of attachment to that place.
Derived from ‘Remember a Weed. Bid a Farewell’, a community art activity led by Luke Ching and Mei Cheung in Tai Po, Hong Kong in September 2022, the duo plans to introduce a selection of Hong Kong weeds to the people of Basel and engage them in a sculpture-making and installation process to learn about the unique weed combinations in Basel. Through this, they hope to create a connection between the two cities through the shared language of plants.
Interestingly enough, Bauhinia × blakeana, the flower emblem of Hong Kong, is in fact belonged to a genus named after the Bauhin brothers Gaspard and Johann, pioneering Swiss botanists in the 16 th century born and lived in Basel.
(2) Easy to Learn Cantonese: Farewell 再見
‘Easy to Learn Cantonese’ is an ongoing art project that was first conceived by Luke Ching during his artist-in-residency program at New York's P.S.1 in 1999. The project was later brought to Fukuoka Asian Arts Museum's artist-in-residence program in 2006, with Mei Cheung participating as the Cantonese tutor in both versions. Over the past twenty-four years, the project has attracted more than five hundred participants, and the artist finds it increasingly relevant today, especially given the recent wave of emigration from Hong Kong.
For this new version of the project, the artist will teach the word ‘Joy Gin’ (farewell) to new friends met during the residency. In Cantonese, the word ‘Joy Gin’ means "to meet again" and is especially poignant given the current circumstances. The class will conclude when each participant can pronounce the word perfectly, fully conveying its meaning. The learning process will be documented in a short film and screened alongside videos from the previous two versions, offering a glimpse into the evolution of the project over time.
(3) Folk Art Series: Cockroach 曱甴
Folk handicrafts are popular souvenirs to give when meeting someone for the first time. Luke Ching has developed a cockroach craft using modern urban materials since the 1990s. This unique folk art represents modern Hong Kong in a humorous way and has been introduced to people around the world through cockroach workshops in different cities such as Fukuoka, Manchester, Blackburn, Singapore, and Taipei. Ching will teach this skill to people in Basel by conducting masterclasses and workshops.
Human beings are the only animals in the world that intentionally create objects of fear for themselves. Despite being afraid of cockroaches himself, Luke Ching created them purely from his imagination. At the exhibition, a video titled ‘Panic Disorder’ will be screened, showing Ching's hands performing the cockroach-making process without holding any materials.
The artists are supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
When the Flowers and Weeds Bloom, Do We Walk On the Railway Tracks or Truck Loading Bay?
Between a decade-long practice in photo documentation of environments, studying landscapes, and recent practice in recreating daily living and working environments in the machine learning realm, 'Parallel Confluence' is Essa’s enquiry into human perception between reality and machine imaginations.
Through the residency at PF25 with partner institution Atelier Mondial, the research is based upon the context of Hong Kong and Basel.
In the gallery, a ‘Reality Test’ can be devised, where Essa invites the participants to measure their perception of real and generated environments whilst browsing all the images presented in the gallery space, thus enquire about their own understanding of machine learning visual characteristics, and level of recognition to their own cities. This level of recognition is highly subjective and would be dependent on one’s personal memories and experiences of geographical, cultural, biodiversity identification, practice in generative technologies, and more, thus is an experiment of our relationship with environments and the machine learning realm.
(b. 1993, Hong Kong, lives & works in Hong Kong)
Essa is trained in landscape architecture, mural painting and fashion design, thus her works integrate cross-disciplinary media in design to explore human relationship with generative nature. She works on agricultural and ecological planning in Northern New Territories and
research on Lantau Island where she lives and works. She is a graduate member of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects.
Residency, Community Projects, Exhibition
May - June 2023
Stories Exchange Community Event : Bring a postcard and share your stories!
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
Doors open: 18h
Sharing session by the artist: 19h
Venue: Nonnenweg 45, 4055 Basel
Solo Exhibition: We stay up late to behold the beauty of the stars
Tuesday, 13 June, 18 -21h
Venue: Pfeffergässlein 25, 4051 Basel, entrance at Nadelberg 33
Viewing by appointment only until 30 June
The above programme is supported by:
Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Christoph Merian Stiftung,
mobani GmbH, and Achtsamkeit Basel
Event sponsor: Meow Kong
Programme curator : Angelika Li
Programme coordinator: Celine Ngai
(b. 1987, Hong Kong, lives & works in Hong Kong)
Bouie Choi grew up in Hong Kong, surrounded by high-rise buildings that shape the city's urban landscape. Through her paintings, she weaves together fragments of memory and collected stories to depict the co-existence of the visible and invisible, light and darkness, and the real and surreal. Bouie uses the force of urban imagery and light to create a manifestation of infinite borrowed space and time, bridging the gap between tangibles and intangibles. Recently, she has focused on using wood to explore the definition of freedom, employing multi-perspective and layers of time to deepen her state of mind.
After receiving her MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2012, Choi started participating in community art and cross-media collaborations. Her unwavering commitment to painting is driven by a profound curiosity about how the environment and social values leave lasting impressions on individuals. Her works play with absurdity from different contexts, finding them carriers and bringing new meanings to texts, objects, and two-dimensional art. Choi also participates in community art programs and has formed an art collective with other Hong Kong artists named the "CHT. Art Project".
During Bouie's residency in Basel, we invite you to bring a postcard of your homeland to the community project on 31 May, where you can share your stories with us. This exchange will serve as part of the inspiration for Bouie's upcoming exhibition, entitled 'We stay up late to behold the beauty of the stars,' which opens in Basel on 13 June. Her exhibition seeks to capture the emotional resonance and complexity between the ‘interior and exterior’ worlds, the physical and metaphysical, and the multi-perspectives of ‘far and close’ oscillating between different times and dimensions.
photo by Maris Mezurlis
Sogetsu Ikebana performance
202200080026 by Hedy Leung
as part of 'Random Diaries' and Art Basel VIP Programme
Zurich, June 2023
installation photo: Tashi Brauen
Performance Sogetsu Ikebana
Event: Saturday, 10 June 19.00-19.30
Venue: St Jakobstrasse 41, 8004 Zurich
Art Basel VIP Programme
Taking inspiration from other works in this exhibition and primarily based on her recent migration journey from Hong Kong to London, Hedy Leung has created a group of vessels entitled 202200080026 (2023), which embody diasporic sentiments. Adapted from the title format used in both her visual ikebana diary and personal journal, the artwork is aptly named as a record of her move from her homeland to a new destination.
The hand-built vessels are constructed - and protected - using packing materials including the sheer papers Hedy received from a logistics company as the first layer, while newsprint wrapping papers form the second layer. The final layer is strengthened with newspapers collected from an ikebana shop where she ordered materials from Japan. The artist then dyed the newspapers in the iconic colours of the Red-White-Blue bag to further imbue the artwork with the spirit of the journey. The packing materials are transformed into vessels of memories documenting her personal and emotional journeys.
In the Sogetsu Ikebana performance as part of the exhibition, Hedy interacts with the vessels and invites the audience to reflect on the essence of ikebana, which is to live in the moment. The vessels also serve as a reminder to cherish and appreciate the precious items and memories that we carry with us. Each layer of protection used in the construction of the vessels represents the care and importance given to those items that are most precious.
Excerpted from the curatorial essay 'Random Diaries 2019-2023' by Angelika Li.
Group exhibition of eight Hong Kong and Swiss artists
May - June 2023
installation photo: Tashi Brauen
Oscar Chan Yik Long
Leung Chi Wo
Lo Lai Lai Natalie
Wai Pong Yu
Curated by Angelika Li
Co-presented by Meow Kong and PF25 cultural projects
Saturday, 13 May 2023, 14-20h
16 May - 18 June 2023, Tue - Sat 11-19h
Sundays 11 & 18 June, 11-19h
Meow Kong, St Jakobstrasse 41, 8004 Zurich
+41 79 264 90 00
About the project & this exhibition
> 'Homeland in Transit' site
> Curatorial Essay
photo: Centrik Isler