Last weekend, Hong Kong Baptist University hosted a two day conference titled Art, Place-Making and Resilient Cities. The main themes covered were:
Social Justice and Place-Making Through Art
Art as Urban Metaphor
Resilience: Art as Sustainable Change
Art and Its Publics—What makes a Successful
The keynoters and panel speakers covered a lot ground. Conversations need to continue in guiding people towards embracing and understanding the necessity and power of the arts in our communities in whatever form they hold.
Apart from the confirmation that public/art/space/place/practice can never be fully defined or agreed upon ; ), some highlights, realizations, inspiration…
- From the Factories—a website documenting the stories of artists and creatives utilizing space in the Kwun Tong factories and how things continue to be at odds with the revitalization policies of the government. This was especially interesting as I went on a walking tour last year organized by Hulu Culture to learn more about Kwun Tong’s history.
- I should read a lot more John Dewey
- Infecting the City, Cape Town, South Africa
- Pimp my Carroça‘s movement and spread across the globe
- Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh—see the sewer cover above? It’s a map of Chandigarh! Merging obsessions…how am I only coming across this now?