Listen Up?!

10 Nov 2018 – 30 Dec 2018

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10th November 2018 – 30th December 2018

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1a space

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1a space proudly presents Listen Up?! , thematic symposium and exhibition.


1a space’s finding exhibition, “National Museum or Gallery?” has provocatively drawn on the campaign as a counter point to unveil Hong Kong’s cultural state. In borrowing the significations and to expand its encoded readings, “National Museum or Gallery? ” seeks to articulate and dissect the conceptual framework of the museum, and gallery system within Hong Kong’s visual landscape.

Despite the reform and reinterpretation of alternative art space, the development of Contemporary Art consistently challenges traditional artmaking convention. With 1a space’s 20 years of experience in 2018, we firmly believe that this attitude should be concurrently discussed and considered. 

The title Listen Up?!comprises multiple layers of meaning. It could be understood as a progress in action of obedience. The punctuation ‘?!’ itself also refers to a questioning manner of this ideas, representing an open-end question for ideas exchange and mutual communication. It denotes and introspects the framework of conventional impression of independent art space and art practitioners. 

Foreseeing this thriving development in Hong Kong art, the project aims to deliberate and question artistic milieus from independent art space, emerging artists and art practitioners by encouraging forward discussions, exhibition and publication. 5 characteristics of an independent art space/artists/art practitioners will be emphasized in the discussions: 

l   Dallying (不務正業)

l   Living hand to mouth (手停口停)

l   Cynical (憤世疾俗)

l   Grouping & Forming Party (聯群結黨)

l   Play Fast & Loose (無規矩) 

Listen Up?!


10/11 3pm – 5pm  Dallying 

Panelist: Lo Yin Shan, Ricky Yeung Sau Churk, Luke Ching Chin Wai

11/11 3pm – 5pm  Living Hand to Mouth 

Panelist:  Debe Sham , Wen Yau, Wong Ka Ying

Discussant: Kacey Wong

17/11 3pm – 5pm  Cynical 

Panelist: C&G Artpartment, Tang Siu Wa, Pia Ho

18/11 3pm – 5pm  Grouping & Forming Party 

Panelist: Orlean Lai, Tang Kwok Hin, Yim Sui Fong

24/11 3pm – 5pm  Paly Fast & Loose 

Panelist: May Fung, Wong Tin Yin, Chris Chan


Opening Reception:30thNovember 2018 6:30pm 

Exhibition Period: 30thNovember – 30thDecember 2018

Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

Venue: 1a space

Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, 

To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Enquiry: 25290087/ info@oneaspace.org.hk

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Exhibition Participating Artist (in no particular order) : 

Matthew Tsang 

Matthew Tsang Man Fu (b. 1973) is a Hong Kong visual artist. He completed his BFA in 2008 and MFA in 2015, both with RMIT, Australia. His works investigate the relationship between time, change, process and materiality. He works mainly with a variety of natural materials including wood, ice and charcoal and utilises processes including burning, melting and freezing. His artworks are presented in installation, video, photographs and sculptural objects. Tsang has exhibited in Hong Kong and Australia, including his solo show Where the End is the Beginning (2016), World and Heaven: the Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial, 2016 and Harbour Art Sculpture Park ,2018. In 2010 he was invited to join the East Kowloon Art and Cultural Initiation Scheme as the tutor of the sculpture course. Since 2012 he has been a lecturer at Hong Kong Art School.

Debe Sham 

Debe Sham graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University in Visual Arts (B.A. 2011 & M.A. 2013). She then has taught as a visiting artist at the Department of Visual Studies, Hong Kong Lingnan University. Debe has joined the Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU as a part-time lecturer since January 2016. She received the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (New York) Yale-China Art Fellowship 2017 and served as a research scholar at Yale University (U.S.A.). Currently, she is based in Hong Kong and joined the Department of Fine Arts in Chinese University of Hong Kong as a part-time lecturer. 

Debe is a sculptor and an interdisciplinary artist, usually works with metal and glass. The performative sculptures and site-specific installations she has developed in the past several years have grown out of the artistic exploration of the role of public art. Specifically, she has focused on interactivity as a means of generating dialogue between art and its audience; the ambiguity of interpersonal communication in different social situations; and the history and culture of toys, games and playgrounds. 


Chung Wai-ian

Hong Kong based artist. Chung Wai-ian received her BA from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009.  She works with sculpture and installation. She concerns space and habit in human living situation and explores the contradiction in daily culture. Her works have been invited to be presented in exhibitions including  “Both Sides Now - Somewhere between Hong Kong and the UK” in Osage (HK, 2014),  “Macau city Festival -Parade in Inner Harbour” (Macau, 2011),  “Walking to Canton X Canton Canton” in Fei Gallery  (Guangzhou, China, 2010).  In 2013, she has invited to participate in a residence program “ [en]counters 2013: powerPLAY” organized by ArtOxygen, India.

NG Ka-chun

NG Ka Chun (b.1985) received his BA degree in Visual Arts from Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008, currently is living and working in Hong Kong. 

His art unsettles city dwellers' relationship with nature. In many of his works, he puts a spin on ready-made objects, presenting an alternative perspective that challenges the commonly accepted way of life. He also responds to social issues concerning fast-paced development in the city and preservation with interventional installations. His works have been presented in exhibitions in Hong Kong, China, Australia and Korea including Goethe-Institut Hongkong, OpenSpace Bae and etc. In the summer of 2014, he participated in an artist residency in OpenSpace BAE, Korea.In recent years, he has participated in several public/community art projects in Hong Kong. 

Now he is also one of artistic committee member of 1a Space in 2014


Kalen Lee

LEE Wing Ki is a lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also a researcher, writer, exhibition organiser and artist focus on photography and digital humanities. His works exhibited in Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Latvia, Taiwan and the UK. His research writings, curatorial projects, and participation as artist-in-residence includes Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, transmediale, ISEA, Trans Asia Photography Review and FORMAT Festival. His photographic work, “Tsang’s Odyssey” was selected as one of the six finalists of the WYNG Media Award (WMA) Masters 2016/17—“Mobility”. 

Cheung King-wai Reds 

Reds Cheung is an independent visual artist, curator and arts teacher. He survived in local art community for several years, also being recognized by teaching in local art institutions, project administration, protestor etc, after received BA visual arts and MA visual culture studies. He creates art mainly start from following the given situation,provide intuitional responds through artworks/creative solutions. Currently he is focuses in education matters and schooling system, symmetrically to his practical works in teaching as art, thinking the use of ambiguous in art education. Reds is a member of 1a space’s artistic panel and visual arts teacher in HKICC School of Creativity.

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