Maneuverable Strategies in Xm2Floating Projects, Hong Kong 2017In collaboration with Sara Kramer
The exhibition Maneuverable Strategies in X m2 concluded Vibe Overgaard and Sara Kramer’s collaboration with the Floating Projects artist-collective - a group of Hong-Kong based artists that runs an art-space in the Wong Chuck Hang district. The dialogue and exchange with the Floating Projects collective was centered around the idea of organization - how does artists find a way to organize their work and time in their given societies and what role does the artist run space play? What are possible strategies to deal with the need of x number of m2? We initiated our stay at Floating Projects with a workshop that used the format of role-play to establish a fictional universe in which it could be commonly contemplated how artistic practice is positioned within its surrounding society.
Link to workshop description
Later on, For our exhibition at Floating Projects, we collaborated with Hong Kong based dancer Kayi Cheung, on a video in which we choreographed a number of performative acts staged in the city of Hong Kong. The performances emphasized the limits of space and time in the metropolis, where the body moves in a grid of loosely defined possibilities and constraints. Four squares marked on the ground in front of a shopping mall in Wan Chai, was formally framed and represented in the video. Kayi Cheung was activating these fours squares as a stage for her own movements. At the same time people were moving in and out of this stage, going about their everyday life. The movement of their bodies interacts with Kayi Cheung’s performance and choreographs her way of moving within the squares, that are defined as her both her playing field and boundary. The performance staged a situation in which its protagonist was acting within a territory constantly influenced by its surroundings. In this way, it informed the thoughts we had on the artist run space.
What is noticeable about Floating Projects, is the multiple functions it contributes as a space: Video archive, library, screening space, model-making workshop and white cube. At the same time it sets itself up as a social space and has a kitchen, workspace and places to sit down and relax. All of these functions are represented in the furniture of the space that for this installation has been used to formally link the performance-video with the space of Floating Projects.
Link to press release at RanDian