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  • PF25 cultural projects briding Hong Kong and Basel

    Basel X Hong Kong Imagine if Basel and Hong Kong were two people meeting for the first time. What would they talk about? Where would they find points of intersection? How do they get to know each other better? ​ ​ what is PF25 cultural projects? ​ PF25 is a Basel-based research initiative which aims to build mutual understanding, to develop an intercultural network and to create active synergies through meaningful, on-the-ground cultural exchanges generated by research with a focus on Hong Kong and Basel - and extending to other regions of Switzerland - in order to expand a wider spectrum of imagination and to explore more diverse possibilities of living for the future. We identify significant characteristics and instigate curious reflections and deeper observations of everyday life aspects including: customs, foods, languages, relationships, borders and ecologies in a non-comparative approach. Engaging different groups and communities, experiences and ideas are gathered and shared through various platforms including workshops, talks, concerts, screenings, performance, exhibitions, field trips and publications. This allows us not only to foster cultural dialogues and deepen understanding between the two city-regions, it also evokes diverse stories that bring together wider perspectives to reflect on our own cities. We hope our projects will enable us to contribute a small part to the city development and archives of the two cities. ​ ​ ​ collected stories​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 2021 happenings Co-founder of PF25 Angelika Li has been invited to be one of the experts for the Gen A 2021 by the Asia Society Switzerland. HONG KONG: 13 June 2021 11h CET 17h HKT SEMINAR: ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY - PF25 & HOMELAND IN TRANSIT Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong https://hku.zoom.us/j/97381320005?pwd=bFF5UFVTSGV6V0w2OUR1c1lrSzRXdz09 Meeting ID: 973 8132 0005 Password: 297006 ongoing projects from 2018 - 2020 June 2021 Due to the global pandemic situation, our 2021 Research Residents Bouie Choi and South Ho from Hong Kong will postpone their visit to Basel, Switzerland to 2022. 2018 p rojects / e vents + c ontributors ​ Jan 14-18 Hong Kong writer Vivienne Chow introduction to Basel & research studies in Basel – ‘On Women’ Jeannine Appel + Vivienne Chow x Angelika Li ​ Jun 9-19 Hong Kong x Tokyo x Basel Art Ecology Observations Rika Fujiki & Yukiko Kakiuchi x Angelika Li & Donald Mak ​ Jun 10–19 Hong Kong writer Vivienne Chow research studies in Basel – ‘On Women’ ​ Jun 17 Project Launch Events of PF25 + introduction of the current research and contributors Rika Fujiki & Yukiko Kakiuchi + Vivienne Chow + Angelika Li & Donald Mak ​ Jun 25 - 26 Hong Kong artist Kingsley Ng - introduction to Basel ​ July 1 – 3 Hong Kong artist Warren Leung - introduction to Basel Aug 30 – Sep 1 Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska research study in Basel Sep 10-17 Hong Kong writer Vennes Cheng - introduction to Basel Oct 30 ‘Herbstmesse – The Autumn Fair in Basel’ – Photo Documentation by Maris Merzulis Dec 1 ‘Hello Hong Kong’ – a Hong Kong handsewn bag project invited by Simonett and Baer Galerie, Basel featuring works by upcyclying expert and designer-maker Ken Hung from Hong Kong Dino Simonett & Martina Baer x Angelika & Ken Hung ​ Dec 1 ‘Hong Kong Album’ – an exhibition of Hong Kong photos by Hedy Leung, curated by Angelika Li at Simonett & Baer Galerie, Basel Hedy Leung x Dino Simonett & Martina Baer x Angelika Li ​ ​ 2019 p rojects / e vents + c ontributors ​ Jan 25 ‘Food Cultures – HONG KONG x BASEL’ by Donald Mak: Looking at the hotpot traditions of the two cities Chantal Konrad x Angelika Li & Donald Mak Jan 30 –Feb 5 Hong Kong curator Kwok Ying and architect Hong Wong - introduction to Basel ​ Mar 11-14 ‘Fasnacht Basel’ (the Basel carnival) – interview and case study of Schonooggerkerzli Clique Benedikt Vonder Mühll of Schonooggerkerzli Clique ​ Mar 12 Monocle Daily Radio Interview with Angelika Li on the cultural heritage of the Basel carnival ​ Mar 3 – 7 ‘Crossing Oceans – MAP Office’ research at PF25 and presentation of the artist duo MAP Office’s practice on Mar 5 MAP Office Mar 6 Presentation of MAP Office at Herzog & de Meuron ​ April 8 Studio Visit and Conversations with Hong Kong artist Hanison Lau on ‘24 Solar Terms’ Hanison Lau x Angelika Li & Donald Mak May 5 ‘Food Cultures – BASEL x HONG KONG’ by Chantal Konrad on Spargel ​ Jun 22–24 Yan Yung of Coutou Woodworking Studio and Garfield Chan introduction to Basel and Basel-Land through nature walks ​ 2020 p rojects / events + c ontributors Jan 23 ‘Food Cultures – HONG KONG x BASEL’ on Lunar New Year traditional cakes making Queenie Lee ​ Feb 28 Fasnacht Mask-making workshop The Appel Family Feb 28 Fasnacht Tour in the Old Town and the lower Pfeffergässlein by Robbie Appel Jun 30 Post-performance interview with Thomas Keller and Balthasar Streif of Alphorn group Alponom ​ PF25 happenings Crossing Oceans: MAP Office at PF25 Please join us for a talk by Valerie Portefaix of Hong Kong-based architects/ artists duo MAP Office on Tuesday 5th March 2019. ​ She will cross oceans to present their practice and their latest work, including the Swiss premiere of THE BOOK of WAVES and the unfolding collaborative project with PF25 in Basel. ​ The talk will be conducted in English. Seats are limited. RSVP is essential and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click here for more contributors / credits Jeannine, Robert and Alain Appel Martina Baer Agathe Chenaux-Repond Bouie Choi Vivienne Chow Vennes Cheng Rika Fujiki May Fung South Ho Ken Hung Yukiko Kakiuchi Thomas Keller Chantal Konrad Hanison Lau Queenie Lee Hedy Leung Martin Loppacher Marysia Lewandowska Ying Kwok Leung Chi Wo MAP Office Maris Mezulis Benedikt Vonder Mühll Dino Simonett Irène Speiser Balthasar Streif Oliver Trueb Hong Wong Yan Yung partner organisations ​ ​ ​ Art & Culture Outreach ACO, Hong Kong ​ cmbb culture matters beyond borders, Hong Kong ​ Coutou Wood Working, Hong Kong ​ 過海的‧藝術計劃 CHT.ArtProject , Hong Kong ​ Simonett & Baer Galerie , Basel ​ Zit-Dim Art Space, Tainan ​ our board ​ ​ PF25 is a Basel-based research initiative co-founded by Angelika Li and Donald Mak across Hong Kong and Basel in 2018. In 2020, PF25 established its status as a “Verein” (a non-profit organisation) in Switzerland, and warmly welcomed Ursula Hürzeler on board. Angelika Li co-founder & p resident ​ ​ Ursula Hürzeler vice-president Donald Mak co-founder, secretary & treasurer PF25 site histories PF25 is located in Spalenhof at Spalenberg 12 and Pfeffergässlein 25, which is a site of significant cultural, historical and architectural importance at the heart of the old town of Basel. With its partial Romanesque foundation laid in the 13th century, Spalenhof tells many valued Basel stories: from the earthquake in 1356 to the chivalric legend Knight Heinrich von Ramstein who resided here in 1437. Another owner of the house was Bürgermeister (mayor) of Basel Kaspar Krug who met with Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Empire in 1563. It then turned into a merchant’s house owned by businessman Isaak Dreyfuss in 1835, one of the first Jews to settle in Basel. The painting of Justitia in the late Renaissance style commissioned by Krug in the 16th century resurfaced on the courtyard facade during a conversion of the building in 1964. The building was sold to the City of Basel in 1956. Theater Fauteuil opened in 1957, Tabourettli in 1971 and the 16th century embellishments under gypsum walls and plaster ceilings by Krug were unearthed in the Kaisersaal (Emperor's Room) in 1979. Does it relate to the meeting between Krug and Ferdinand I? In 1986, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava worked on the overall renovation of the house including the structural conservation and custom furniture. It was one of earliest architectural commissions in his career. The theatre reopened its door in 1989 and has become as a leading performing arts venue in Switzerland. These form part of the historic and architectural features of the PF25 site. A research on the history of the building is in progress. Please reach out to our team if you have information or leads to any history, story, conservation work back from the 1960's. ​ Out of gallery contact connect@pf25.org +41 61 525 8383 Pffefergässlein 25 4051 Basel Switzerland

  • support us | PF25

    support us PF25 cultural projects is a Switzerland-based non-profit organisation which aims to build mutual understanding, to develop an intercultural network and to create active synergies through meaningful, on-the-ground cultural exchanges generated by research with a focus on Hong Kong and Basel - and extending to other regions of Switzerland - with a view to expanding a wider spectrum of imagination and to exploring more diverse possibilities of living for the future. In order to realise our projects, your participation and support are much needed for different groups and communities, experiences and ideas to be gathered and shared through various platforms to foster cultural dialogues and deepen understanding. ​ Donations are much appreciated. Please find our account info here: ​ IBAN: CH84 0900 0000 1565 6749 8 BIC: POFICHBEXXX Bank: PostFinance Account Name: PF25 cultural projects, Basel ​ connect@pf25.org +41 61 525 8383 Pffefergässlein 25 4051 Basel Switzerland ​ Thank you for your participation and support! ​ Team PF25 ​ ​ ​ ​ 1/2

  • our board members | PF25

    Board Members ​ Angelika Li Co-founder & President With expertise and experience in the history of art and architecture as well as cultural management, Angelika is committed to engaging with the essence of local culture, heritage and valued stories, and driving a continuous dialogue between local and international communities. She is the founder and curator of the curatorial project Homeland in Transit channelling narratives and imaginations of ‘homeland’ from Hong Kong perspectives: borders, boundaries, roots, diaspora, cultural identity, colonial ideologies and beyond. In 2015, Angelika was the founding director of MILL6 Foundation bringing it to ICOM museum status and the Award for Arts Promotion by Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2016. Her previous exhibitions and projects include ‘Tracing some places. Leung Chi Wo’ (2015); ’Textile Thinking – The International Symposium’ at Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2016 co-organised with Zhejiang Art Museum; and ‘Social Fabric. New works by Kwan Cheung Chi and Mariana Hahn’ in collaboration with David Elliott (2016) and ‘Homeland in Transit (Basel, 2019, Berlin 2020 and Zollikon 2021). Angelika graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a MA in Cultural Management in 2010 and in the same year she was awarded the Dean’s List Award. She attained her BA (Hons) in History of Art and Architecture (Hons) from the University of Reading, United Kingdom in 2008. She currently lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. Ursula Hürzeler Vice-President Ursula co-founded Rahbaran Hürzeler Architects in 2011 in Basel. She has worked at diverse offices in Switzerland and Spain gaining extensive experience in the field of design, project management and execution. Ursula worked at Herzog & de Meuron from 2006 to 2011where she was involved in the project management of various largescale projects. Ursula was born in Solothurn, Switzerland and received her architecture degree from ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. She has taught and researched at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts FHNW in Basel from 2011 to 2014 and at Lucerne University HSLU in 2018. Since 2019, she has been appointed Professor at the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW in Basel. Ursula is currently a member of the Urban Planning Commission of the Canton Basel-Land, selected member of the Federation of Swiss Architects FSA and consultant and coordinator for the architecture mediation programme of the Kunstmuseum Basel. Donald Mak Co-founder, Secretary & Treasurer Donald Mak works in the strategy, design, communication and realisation of architecture and art projects, with a focus on exhibitions, publications, platforms and spaces. He is currently an Associate at Herzog & de Meuron (HdM), starting his collaboration on architecture projects in 2003 with the National Stadium in Beijing, with contributions to 56 Leonard in New York, the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, and M+ museum in Hong Kong. He is also deeply involved in the many communication objectives developed at HdM, with a focus on leading the conception and production of specific exhibitions, publications and special projects extending from architecture including HdM Complete Works Volumes 5 and 6, Treacherous Transparencies, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, Park Avenue Armory and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, as well as exhibition installations at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice and the upcoming exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2021. ​ Donald graduated in 2000 from the University of Toronto. He has previously collaborated with Bruce Mau Design, working with various cultural institutions, galleries, museums and artists. He has also worked independently on a range of publications and exhibitions. In 2007, “Altas of Novel Tectonics” Princeton Architectural Press, New York designed by Donald in collaboration with Reto Gieser won the world’s highest award for book design, the ‘Golden Letter’ from the Stiftung Buchkunst at the Leipzig Book Fair. He collaborates with Angelika Li on the curatorial project Homeland in Transit.

  • Crossing Oceans: MAP Office | PF25

    Crossing Oceans MAP Office at PF25 ​ March 2019 - ongoing ​ Port was MAP Office's main focus of research back in 1990s and was also the reason why they moved in 1996 from France to Hong Kong, which had the biggest port in the world at the time. MAP Office's practice is research-based, interdisciplinary and focussed on the relation between body and territory, as expressed through different means including drawings, photography, Installation, video, performance and publications. Their observations and re-imaginations of cities and territories included the mapping of urbanisation and globalisation especially in the context of Hong Kong and the greater China region. MAP Office have since pivoted their research to liquid territories, as demonstrated in their work ISLAND IS LAND (2008) to recent projects including The Book of Waves (2018), Ghost Island (2018) - shown as part of the 1st Biennale of Thailand - and The Ise Bay Project (2018) as part of the XXII Triennale di Milano. MAP Office's current investigations concern the condition and conservation of the ocean, the relationship between marine life and humankind. Basel and Hong Kong are linked closely to their harbours, trade routes, and life flourishing along their waterscapes and this is what MAP Office and PF25 are studying. ​ ​ Out of gallery Artist Talk at PF25 5th March 2019 ​ PF25 cultural projects presented Hong Kong-based guest speaker Valérie Portefaix of MAP Office who introduced their interdisciplinary and research-based practice with a focus on the relation between body and territory and their recent research on liquid borders, the interactions between marine life and humankind. ​ Thank you MAP Office for going in-depth of their latest works The Book of Waves (2018) with our audience in Basel. Out of gallery < back to happenings