Hong Kong & Shenzhen bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

7 January, 2010

The Projecting Window, by Ip Cheuk Lam, Sophia/ Sze Wing Yee, Haynie/ Li Pui Yee, Edith/ Chan Yiu Wah, Eva

EXHIBITION Hong Kong & Shenzhen bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture
DURATION 4 December 2009 – 27 February 2010
CURATORS Marisa Yiu (Chief Curator), Alan Lo, Eric Schuldenfrei and Frank Yu

From the Biennale organisers:

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture 2009 will mark the first cultural event of international magnitude to take place in the West Kowloon Cultural District from 4 December 2009 to 27 February 2010. The site of West Kowloon will be filled with 46000 square metres of exhibitions and events, showcasing an open platform composed of inventive works and thought-provoking installations, workshops and performances that aim to engage the public in rethinking the society they are an integral part of.

Asia’s World City HYBRID HONG KONG + SHENZHEN/ by Museum of Site (MOST, HK)/ Andrew Lam

Hong Kong’s role in this novel Bi-City Biennale will be guided by the theme of “City Mobilization: BYOB” (Bring Your Own Biennale), a catchphrase and framework designed to inspire individual participation and networked collaboration among the citizens of Hong Kong. Through the Biennale’s many scheduled exhibitions and events, the public will be presented with the opportunity to have an active hand in evaluating Hong Kong’s cultural production and to speculate on what society’s impact on the metropolis could be.

Green Tapestry, by UMAMI-UTILITIES/ CL3

The Biennale team has launched three Open Calls requesting the public as well as Hong Kong’s design professionals to ‘Bring Your Own Bench,’ ‘Bring Your Own Booth’ (professionals only) and ‘Bring Your Own Box (Urban Visions).’ These calls to action will involve Hong Kong in the building and evolving of a Biennale that is all their own.

The Stage

In the driving seat of Hong Kong’s Biennale is the Curatorial Team, an international legion of designers, architects, educators, arts supporters and creative innovators. The Curatorial Team is led by Marisa Yiu (Chief Curator), and also composed of Alan Lo (Curator for Arts, City Integration and Events), Eric Schuldenfrei (Curator for Education, Film and Media), and Frank Yu (Curator for Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape). “It’s so amazing how we brought all these different people from diverse backgrounds together to create something that will be meaningful to Hong Kong,” Marisa Yiu commented. “With unlike skills and similar passions, the Curatorial Team hopes to attract and engage a similarly diverse group of Hong Kong and international citizens and make the Biennale an event that‘s made for everyone in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong & Shenzhen bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Website

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