We are pleased to announce Ocean Leung as our next artist-in-residence, from December 2015 through mid-February 2016.
Through our residency programme, we aim to support the furthering of discussions and aesthetic experiments in Hong Kong while connecting them to conversations and contexts beyond.
Ocean's two-month residency will disrupt the rhythm of his shared studio space where he lives, works and socialises. Wrapping up his two-year MFA at Chinese University, Ocean takes stock of his practice, as an artist and former activist. Adopting Things that can happen as his residence and workshop, he will continue his experiments with found objects, conjuring architectural structures and installations that echo the city’s stratified socio-economic realities. During this time, he will also conduct interviews with activists, writers and members of civil society as part of a bigger research process.
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).
An Intervention by Ocean Leung Date: 28 January – 28 February 2016 Time: Thursday – Sunday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm; other times by appointment only. The experiments produced during this period will be shared with the public at the end of his residency. This continues Things' series of Experiments, inviting artists to explore, inconclusively, free from pressures from the market through an intimate engagement with the space.
Screening: “The Way of Paddy” Presented by Ocean Leung (Producer), Fredie Chan (Director) Guest: Chow Sze Chung (Farmer from Sangwoodgoon farmer, interviewee in the documentary) Date: Saturday, 13 February 2016 3:00pm – 5:30pm Screening + casual discussion 6:00pm – 10:00pm Hot pot with vegetables from Sangwoodgoon (Please bring your own bowl and chopsticks. Limited seats. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org)
“The Way of Paddy” (2013) Hong Kong / 2013 / Colour / 128 min Cantonese, with Chinese and English subtitles Producer: Ocean Leung Yu Tung Director: Fredie Chan Ho Lun Sangwoodgoon was founded during the Anti-High Speed Rail and Tsoi Yuen Village movements in 2009. In 2012, Sangwoodgoon attempted cultivating rice for the second time. This film records the rice planting process during spring and the Dragon Boat Festival. Not only did the director experience the unpredictability of weather, questions for his companion arose at the same time: What is the life as a farmer in Hong Kong when there is a shortage of land and labour? Apart from documenting the non-traditional rice cultivating techniques, the film also discusses the relationship between farmer and nature, and the changing state of mind of protesters all the way through. This documentary is followed by another feature film in 2013, about Hong Kong farmers and documentation of his lessons in farming in 2012. https://www.facebook.com/thewayofpaddy/
We sincerely thank Emma and Magnus Renfrew for generously supporting this residency at Things that can happen.