a response to an intervention by ocean leung
19 March – 1 May 2016
Thursday – Sunday, 13:00 – 20:00
(Special opening days: 22 & 23 March, 13:00 – 20:00)
Closing reception & artist walkthrough:
Sunday, 1 May 2016, 16:00 – 20:00
Walkthrough: 16:30 (English) & 17:30 (Cantonese)
Over drinks, Ocean will walkthrough the exhibition and share his thoughts from his two-month stay at Things that can happen.
We are delighted to reopen Things that can happen on Saturday 19 March with a response to An Intervention by Ocean Leung, artist in residence from December 2015 - February 2016.
The intervention starts from Ocean’s daily wanderings through the district of Sham Shui Po. On these drifts, he listens for the utterances of the neighbourhood, documenting the markings etched into the disabled toilet of the local shopping mall, and follows the gutter water trickling down from Ki Lung Street’s eateries. Read as allegories for desire, survival and livelihood, Ocean scatters these images in the exhibition space, mimicking the streets of Sham Shui Po for visitors to view. He tempers with the materiality of the space, transforming its texture, consciously careless, causing emotional reactions with an intention to please.
The response reflects on the act of intervening. Located in Sham Shui Po, a site undergoing disruptive and at times violent redevelopment, Ocean questions the intention of an intervention: how it relates to the lives of the communities, the economies, and lifestyles, and what it means to contribute to a relevant critical response. Built upon the first intervention, A Response features new and old works by Ocean.
Ocean Leung Yu Tung lives and works in Hong Kong. He studied fine arts in university, and is completing his master degree. His works are based on the paradoxical relationships between art and society's manipulations. He produced “The Way of Paddy” and "Open Road After Harvest", two documentary films about organic agriculture and activism in Hong Kong. He curated two projects, “Yau Ma Tei Self-Rescue Project & Demonstrative Exhibition” (Wooferten, 2012) and “P-at-Riot: June Fourth Festival for Post-80s Generation” (2009).
We sincerely thank Emma and Magnus Renfrew for generously supporting this residency at Things that can happen.