Art X Sustainable Living《Self Institute Seed Funding Project 2 : Our Paths Cross Again》
Programme Period

1 May – 19 Jun 2022

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As one of the Self Institute Seed Projects, “Our Paths Cross Again”, through ikebana practice, exploration and observation of nature, develops ways of finding beauty and meaning in the way of symbiosis with others and the surrounding environment, from flowers to seeds and crops. People will be able to find their own way to get immersed in nature and become a part of it. 

By presenting the thinking methods of Permaculture with its three ethics — Care to People, Care to Earth and Fair Share, this project enables  participants to gain a deeper experience and understanding of how we, humans, plants and other well being in nature are interrelated and connected.

In the programme, we practise to cooperate with other beings and plants, make collaborative crafts and works as a way to grow the sensational connections with nature and the human community. Participants will experience “making things” with natural materials and our senses. We learn the logic of nature in the process of making and reconnecting, there are compassion and mindfulness flows. You may have an alternate way of seeing your place in the world and make it a happier and kinder one, make change the world from the inside out, cultivate the self and nature then lead our community and world better.

「Come Around – Habitats in Cities I」

The event trains participants’ sense of nature in the city. By searching for an habitat in the city to write up your observation note on finding the connection among people and community and the nature, and be aware of the fact that we live in the cycle of nature and to see the plants and animals around us. 

In three different “come around” sessions around the city, participants take a closer look at the living habitat of the living creatures in our urban life. The observation deepens throughout the three sessions.

Date and Time:
I. 1 May 2022 (Sun) 14:00 – 17:00
II. 8 May 2022 (Sun) 14:00 – 17:00
III. 22 May 2022 (Sun) 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Tuen Mun/Wan Chai 

「Learn from Nature (I) – Bamboo Craft Experience
「Learn from Nature (II) – Nature Instrument Workshop」

Physical experience affects our perception of the world. In the process of using natural materials to make handicrafts, participants will consciously be sensing the colours, scents and textures of the materials. Appreciate the characteristics of the materials, cooperate with each other, and explore the ability of the materials and the sincerity of people where beauty will be found. 

「Learn from Nature (I) – Bamboo Craft Experience

Bamboo is a common plant that used to be made into different daily appliances and utensils, but such handcraft is rarer to be seen. The workshop will introduce the characteristics and potentials of bamboo. Participants will make their own flower vase by learning the skills of bamboo knitting, and the proper ways of taking care of bamboo appliances.

Date and Time: 7 May 2022 (Sat) 14:30 – 17:30
Venue: Eric Hotung Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre

「Learn from Nature (II) – Nature Instrument Workshop」

Join us for a sound experiment through touching and listening to nature! The instructor will introduce a series of musical instruments made of natural materials, explain the mechanism of producing sounds and teach participants to make their own musical instrument.

The finished products from the workshops will be exhibited in the exhibition space to collaborate with the traces of other activities in the programme.

Date and Time: 15 May 2022 (Sun) 14:30 – 17:30
Venue: Eric Hotung Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre

「Be More Tree」

“Trees, record life with their annual rings, and reach out to the world with their branches.” 

If trees could talk, they would have a lot to say. They come in all shapes and sizes, fascinating us for millennia – there is a lot we can learn from their wise ways. Trees do not “think” or “feel” like us human, yet they are wise and silent. 

Let’s take a walk at the park near Hong Kong Arts Centre – to embrace trees and be embraced by the wisdom of trees.

Date and Time: 3 Jun 2022 (Fri) 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: Wan Chai

「Through the Grapevine」

A space can be seen as an intersection of traces between humans and plants in the tours and workshops. As a meeting place, the space tries to show the traces of vines between people and plants.

Through ikebana practice, exploration and observation of nature, we develop ways of finding beauty and meaning in the way of symbiosis with others and the surrounding environment, from flowers to seeds and crops. Thus we will be aware of the past, present and future among people, among people and plants, to lead people to be able to see and become a ‘being’ in nature, to initiate visitors to find their own way to get immersed in nature.

Date and Time: 3-13 Jun 2022 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Diana Cheung Experimental Gallery, 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre

「Share Fair」

The Fair Share’ principle is about sharing knowledge and experience as well as surplus harvest. Appreciate what has been shared, share what you wish to grow. Collect your seed when preparing your meal, come and share in this fair.

Date and Time: 3 – 13 Jun 2022
Venue: Diana Cheung Experimental Gallery, 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre

「Go Away in Greens」

A tour to go away – To seek for the common denominator between nature and ourselves, learn

to flow with nature, thus to rediscover the cycle between plants and us. Access to the countryside, observe and connect whatever we could find in nature in different ways.

Ride on a boat and head to Lai Chi Wo on a weekend. With farmers as tour guides, participants will observe and get immersed in nature, and bring their experience back to town.

Date and Time: 19 Jun 2022 (Sun) 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Lai Chi Woo


Ng Yuen Mei is an assistant professor of Ikebana, also an experimenter who longs for possibilities of plants and local crops in aspects of observing nature attentively in everyday life. She is a former Food Experimenter of “Food for Good” Education Program in School of Everyday Life, to re-examine our connections with mother nature and drive sustainable change for the future world through rethinking what “food” means to us. She started learning the arts with traditions and Eastern philosophy, Kado and Sado, while studying in the Department of Fine Arts in the context of contemporary art. Her practices focus on connecting human beings and nature, soul and soil.

In her belief, art is observing and expressing the beauty of nature and the beauty of longing in our own hearts. The operations of nature proceed in admirable ways with unspeakable beauty. Her favourite gallery is her closest greenery, with breeze, sunshine and inspirations from nature.

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