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CUS512O Topics in Cultural Representation and Interpretation : Hong Kong Local Design more than commercial perspective (Vincent Mak siu fung , e-mail:[email protected]) Lecturer: Pro. Anne Balsamo. Official Design. West Kowloon Cultural District .

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CUS512O Topics in Cultural Representation and Interpretation :Hong Kong Local Design more than commercial perspective (Vincent Maksiufung, e-mail:[email protected])Lecturer: Pro. Anne Balsamo
west kowloon cultural district
Official DesignWest Kowloon Cultural District

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West Kowloon Cultural District
  • The West Kowloon Cultural District

The Government established in April 2006 the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District (Consultative Committee) and its three advisory groups to re-examine the need for the core arts and cultural facilities to be provided in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) and the financial implications for developing and operating those facilities.

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west kowloon bamboo theatre bamboo scaffolding scaffold
Design on the street

West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre竹棚 Bamboo scaffolding/scaffold

West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre

The West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre is the first cultural event organized by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, it also marks the launch of the design and construction stage of the district.

the tradition of bamboo scaffolding scaffold and theatre for opera
The tradition of Bamboo scaffolding/scaffold and theatre for opera
  • Cantonese opera is one of the major categories in Chinese opera, originating in southern China's Cantonese culture. It is popular in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. Like all versions of Chinese opera, it is a traditional Chinese art form, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting. 粵劇 (Jyut6 kek6) should not be confused with 越劇 (Yuèjù), the theatre of Zhejiang.
  • Beginning in the 1950s massive waves of immigrants fled Shanghai to destinations like North Point.[1] Their arrival boosted the Cantonese opera fan-base significantly. However, a decrease number of Cantonese opera troupes are left to preserve the art in Hong Kong today. As a result, many stages that were dedicated to the Cantonese genre are closing down. Hong Kong's Sunbeam Theatre is still one of last facilities that are left standing to exhibit Cantonese opera.
  • *Information from Wiki
The Implication of the comparison of West Kowloon Cultural District and the trial run West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre for Cantonese Opera
  • Since Hong Kong Government want to establish a landmark of Art and Culture industry to promote the world –wide city such as some other country in the world. Government is developing a hardware in a newly reclamation land to build an art district which supposed to be landmark in Asia. This revealed that she doesn’t encourage the participation of the artists’ view on the ultimate demand of the art and culture users and even the true needs of the publics. In terms of customs and traditional Cantonese Opera, according to some research and articles by S.Y. Chan (Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong 神功戲在香港-1996),Tse Yin-mo, Xiao Kou and Poon Sze-man (Scaffolding . Viewing . Assembling -2010),those scaffolding bamboo theatre should be the original venue for the performance of different sorts of Cantonese Opera. This is a proof of the development of the local Opera performance initiated from the grass-root every life customs. Although the opera originally are performed to worship the ghosts in the ritual festivals like Tin Hau Festival and Bun Festivals. The construction methods is a local technical craftsmanship which is one of the Hong Kong local design .
artech magazine website
Web based researchArtech (magazine,website)

Magazine Editor in Chief: PingLing Cheung

Designer: Vik Lai

Company: A seed of

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Artech (magazine,website)

This is a Website and Magazine Issued in Hong Kong and China

As the editor in chief Pingling Cheung said: ‘Just like a magazine, the world of architecture is both horizontal and vertical — this is why we connect them together.’ This architecture magazine and

Website, designed and edited by Hong Kong designer and editor, concerns the issues related mainly on the relationship between the architecture, environment, urban planning and human living conditions.

In traditions, magazine concerned architecture should be composed of building aesthetic and interior design issues. However, the concept of this magazine stresses on the relationship between human and environment as a whole which is opposite to the over development and rigid requirement of the contemporary Hong Kong and China societies. The so call ‘well being ‘ in the modern life for the citizens is being questioned in the direction of consumerism nowaday.

Moreover, one of the uniqueness of the innovative idea is the lack of advertisement as the main income of this magazine make it stands alone from commercial editorial drive.

*Information form Artech Website

art for all community art organization
Interactive designArt for All (community art organization)

Evelyna Liang Yee WooArtist, Art educator, Community ArtistChairperson of Art for All

The Community art organization “Art for All” was established over 20 years providing different areas art and educational workshops for the minorities group in local district and South Asia countries. The founder Two Woo Leung is the former lecturer in the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic. While she was the teacher of those young design students, she found that the aim of the design education at that time stressed only on the re-design and the luxurious products provided for the wealth. So she led a group of young designers and artists to run some artistic and educational project for the weak and the minorities. Her first project is some drawing workshops for the children and women in the refugee camp in Hong Kong in 80s.
community museum project
Community museum project

Technology Object

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Community museum project
  • Community Museum Project was founded in 2002 in Hong Kong by Howard Chan (art curator), Siu King-chung (design educator), Tse Pak-chai and Phoebe Wong (cultural researchers).
  • The Community Museum Project focuses not on establishing conventional "museum" hardware but carrying out flexible exhibition and public programs, often within specific community settings.
  • Through this process the Community Museum Project aims to nurture a platform to articulate personal experiences and under-represented histories. It can also be an occasion to facilitate the participation of the public and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The word "Community“ has three connotations: subject matter, settings and creative public interface.
  • *Information from Community Museum Project Website
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Community museum project
  • I think “Community Museum project” as an example of local technological object with cultural significant because it is re-defining the concept of original design developed in Hong Kong. It is founded in 2002 by some activists concerning the influence of everyday life under the urban renewal development in some districts. As Hazel Clark’s analysis (Back to the Future, or Forward? Hong Kong Design, Image, and Branding, 2009) stated that It take the concept of the museum as a method to represent the everyday life and value of Hong Kong.
  • Vincent Mak