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Deep Water

Public Spaces in Sham Shui Po Hong Kong

Edited by Jürgen Krusche & Siu King Chung


English , 2017/09 MCCM Creations

Tags: Art, Urban Studies

240 x 165 mm , 180pp ISBN : 978-988-77238-5-1

  • US$33.50


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Claim. Reclaim. Occupy. Enlarge. Extend. These are everyday words in Hong Kong.

In the high density district of Sham Shui Po, which translates as Deep Water Pier for its former maritime importance, the people tend to be friendly, community-minded, resourceful, and down-to-earth. They also, statistically, have the lowest incomes in Hong Kong.

The area has been changing for decades, centuries. The post-war factories have all relocated to Mainland China. The temple for Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea, was erected near the harbour in 1901 yet today, the goddess looks out at hawkers selling second-hand electronics.

Regulations for urban public spaces of pavements, alleys, and streets in Hong Kong are sometimes negotiable. It can be unclear what is legal in Sham Shui Po. Can carpenters carry out their work on the footpath?  Can a homeless person leave belongings in front of a bank? Can trash pickers store their items on the streets? Deep Water explores this “politics of space”, undoubtedly an idiosyncratic beauty of the city.

KRUSCHE, Jürgen

Jürgen Krusche is a cultural scientist and artist. He has conducted several research projects at ZHdK and ETH Zurich in the area of urban studies, with an emphasis on public spaces from a cross cultural perspective between Europe, Mainland China and Japan. He has worked and exhibited as an artist since 1990, and lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland, and Hanover, Germany. Since 2011, Krusche has been head of the research programme PUBLIC CITY at the Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR) at ZHdK. From 2007 to 2011, he undertook the research project: Taking to the Streets at the Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich. Prior to this, he held a research post at the Institute for Critical Theory (ITH) at ZHdK (2001-2006).

He is currently directing the research project: The Fragmented City. Processes and Strategies of Exclusion and Their Impact on Public Spaces, financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

 

SIU, King Chung

An art and design commentator, an installation artist, an independent curator, King is actively involved in arts policy and art/design curriculum development in Hong Kong. As past-President of the Hong Kong Society for Education in Art and a founding member of the installation group NUX, King loves to produce experimental videos, explore possible forms and approaches for installation art, as well as initiate collaboration among students, teachers, designers and artists through curating exhibitions and publishing projects, such as 'The Blackbox Exercise', 'Journey to the East '98', 'Home Affairs', 'Cityscapes Reading Guide' and 'Designs You Don't Know What to Do With'. He co-founded the Designs You Don’t Know What to Do With Association and the Community Museum Project in 2002 & 2003 respectively. King is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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