Led by Hong Kong interdisciplinary artist Kingsley Ng, the seventh programme of “Culture Masseur: Talking Heads” is “Art X Resilience and Social Change” , discussing the unsettling emotions of our current city. Together with Dr. Judith Marcuse (Founder and Co-Director, International Centre of Art for Social Change), Professor Michelle LeBaron (Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada), and a group of students from the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University, they will hold a series of experiential showcases to help us to get through hard times together. Art might indeed be the medicine to heal our broken bodies and souls.
05 Dec 2020 (Sat) 11:00-13:15
【Online Experiential Workshop I 】
《Available Light: Exploring Arts and Resilience in Challenging Times》
Zoom Online Workshop
Art enlivens, inviting us into new relationships with each other, ourselves and our environments. When social change is rapid and pervasive, art practices give us ways to navigate differences, and help us see connections even amongst disagreement. This online workshop will engage participants in activities and dialogue to explore how creative and expressive activities help build resilience, especially across generations. With examples from Canadian and global projects, Michelle and Judith will share research and practice on the many ways that arts foster hope, seed possibility and foster positive community change.
With simple and playful inquiry using images and words, we will explore together how arts energize and empower communities to come together about what matters to them. Please bring yourselves, your curiosity, and your willingness to listen to others, and come prepared to be surprised and to enjoy a creative break from routine.
• Kingsley Ng (Inter-disciplinary artist and designer)
• Dr. Judith Marcuse (Founder and Co-Director, International Centre of Art for Social Change)
• Professor Michelle LeBaron (Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada)
15 Jan 2021 (Fri) 19:00-20:15
【Online Experiential Showcase II -《c / o》Interactive Workshop】
《c / o》is an interactive showcase organized by students from the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University, mentored by Mr. Kingsley Ng, Mr. Peter Benz, and Dr. Evelyn Kwok of the Academy.
《c / o》stands for “care of”, a site/event to provide participants with “care recipes” for challenging times, commonly used to indicate a mail that is to be delivered to an addressee where they don’t normally receive correspondence, may also stand for caring support in times of separated togetherness.
Join the online session by choosing a set of recipes that appeals to you, follow the instructions, experience, engage, and build up resilience for yourself and with others. The workshop will be held on 15 Jan at 6 pm through Zoom. Mark your schedule and don’t miss this meaningful workshop.
Remember: stand together, support each other, stay safe, and stay strong.
Conducted in English via Zoom. Free admission, first come-first served. Registration by 13 Jan.
Kingsley Ng is an interdisciplinary artist and designer with a focus on conceptual, site-specific and participatory projects. His creative practices are driven by a belief that art can be socially relevant and transformative. His recent projects include Twenty-Five Minutes Older, a commission by Art Basel which takes the audience on a camera obscura moving tram, and After the Deluge, presented in an underground storm-water tank the size of 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
His work has been shown to critical acclaim at prominent international venues such as the Guangzhou Triennial, the Shanghai Expo, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial Japan, Milan Design Week and various exhibitions in France, Italy and Australia.
Kingsley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New Media from Ryerson University, Canada; a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Design from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and Post-diplôme avec les félicitations du jury à l’unanimité (Master of Fine Arts degree equivalent) from Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France. He has served as an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University since 2015.
Dr. Judith Marcus
Dr. Judith Marcuse’s career includes five decades as dancer, choreographer, director, producer, educator, consultant, writer and lecturer. Trained in dance in Canada and abroad, she performed for more than 20 years with Canadian and European companies, including with the repertory dance company she founded in 1980. She has created more than 100 dance/theatre/film works and produced 6 large-scale arts festivals. For the last 20 years, her internationally-recognized work has focused on community-engaged art for social change (ASC). She teaches, speaks and consults internationally. Judith is Founder/Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, leading a six-year study on ASC in Canada while establishing a two-year graduate program in the field. She is a recipient of major awards, including an honorary doctorate, and recently, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning.
Prof. Michelle LeBaron
Professor Michelle LeBaron is a Canadian conflict transformation scholar/ practitioner whose work features creativity, culture and interdisciplinarity. A tenured professor of law, she has done seminal work in many types of conflict engagement including intercultural, international, family, organizational and commercial. Michelle was a fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, South Africa and taught for ten years at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia. She has published widely on the arts and conflict transformation. Recent books include Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice and The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience.