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藝術家駐留週記《哈特福德》2

整個創作均以手動工具去造

藝術家郝立仁留學美國於康乃狄克州 University of Hartford (Hartford Art School) 修讀Nomad/9藝術碩士課程,試圖對生命、生態體系、可持續發展和多元文化更深入理解,繼續探討社會體系、人類的意識形態和自然的關系。

關於郝立仁

2016年7月12日

木工課

整個創作均以手動工具去造

 

一輪體力鍛鍊後,就到腦袋訓練!

 

 

我喜歡做紙 (paper – 在美國流行文化亦解作紙幣),今回以蘆葦草去做出美國紙(錢)!

 

 

Courtesy of artist Benjamin Hao

藝術家駐留週記《哈特福德》3

我們大伙兒就在戶外製作 Cob oven

藝術家郝立仁留學美國於康乃狄克州 University of Hartford (Hartford Art School) 修讀Nomad/9藝術碩士課程,試圖對生命、生態體系、可持續發展和多元文化更深入理解,繼續探討社會體系、人類的意識形態和自然的關系。

關於郝立仁

2016年7月19日

除了以上的研習還有批判思考 Gene Gort (artist, educator) 和Amanda Lovely (community artist, educator) 論文指導。

 

 

 

Courtesy of artist Benjamin Hao

藝術家駐留週記《哈特福德》4

Nomad/9藝術碩士課程一班同學
Nomad/9藝術碩士課程一班同學

藝術家郝立仁留學美國於康乃狄克州 University of Hartford (Hartford Art School) 修讀Nomad/9藝術碩士課程,試圖對生命、生態體系、可持續發展和多元文化更深入理解,繼續探討社會體系、人類的意識形態和自然的關系。

關於郝立仁

2016年7月26日

很高興遇上一班有趣的朋友
很高興遇上一班有趣的朋友
在堂上同學們的探究和創作
在堂上同學們的探究和創作
在堂上同學們的探究和創作
在堂上同學們的探究和創作
在堂上同學們的探究和創作
在堂上同學們的探究和創作

在異地,我同時感受到差別和聯系。文化背景的不同是我們的差別;理性批判,熱誠和彼此的尊重使我們聯系。即使只是剛開始,我已身在一場歷險中。

 

Courtesy of artist Benjamin Hao

藝術家駐留週記《哈特福德》1

一件關於當地河流的創作。

藝術家郝立仁留學美國於康乃狄克州 University of Hartford (Hartford Art School) 修讀Nomad/9藝術碩士課程,試圖對生命、生態體系、可持續發展和多元文化更深入理解,繼續探討社會體系、人類的意識形態和自然的關系。

關於郝立仁

2016年7月5日

這是一個跨領域的新課程。以生態藝術、社區藝術、和藝術教育為方向。並且以 artist-in-residence 的形式進行,就如一班遊牧民到不同的部落互相刺激、學習從而產生新的可能性和影響力,以及探討藝術家在社會和大自然的角色。

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of artist Benjamin Hao

Artist-in-residence Journal《Zalaegerszeg》4

Invited by D’Clinic Studios in Hungary, Noelle Ng participates in an overseas artist residency program in a town called Zalaegerszeg, to explore the possibilities in art creations and for cultural exchange with other artists.

About Noelle Ng

 

Jun 23 2016

 

It is the last week of my artist in residence at D’clinic, I focus on transforming images of ‘Lily and male statues’ into acrylic painting; and also to plan for the exhibition at the end of my residence.

At first, I planned to show artworks made with three different mediums in the final exhibition, which includes 5 site-specific images of Lily and male statues, 5 acrylic paintings and the soft sculpture of Lily.  But I got one week left to work on the paintings, and only two were finished.  Nevertheless, it was good enough to depict my creative notion.

The exhibition was held in D’clinic Studio on Friday night.  It was a group exhibition with two other female artists of the program –  Ariel Cotton from New York and Claudia Maria from Peru, Ariel is a comic artist and Claudia makes video installation.

Audience were locals from different background and age groups.  We introduced our projects, and translator Gabor translated to Hungarian for us.  It was a valuable experience to communicate with the local public through my artwork.  The exhibition received  interests and support from the public, and another piece of news wrote about the project (Click here to read the news).

It was my first residency and I gained plenty of fruitful experiences from the trip.  During the whole project and process, D’clinic Studios provided tons of support – technical, research, material supply…, and they helped with photo shooting, media relations, and exhibition arrangement as well.  It is a very good platform for artists from different countries and cultures to exchange with one another.  I definitely recommend D’clinic’s program for those who love making art.  And I look forward to sharing my next journal in the future.

 

Artist-in-residence Journal《Zalaegerszeg》3

Invited by D’Clinic Studios in Hungary, Noelle Ng participates in an overseas artist residency program in a town called Zalaegerszeg, to explore the possibilities in art creations and for cultural exchange with other artists.

About Noelle Ng

 

Jun 15 2016

I made a soft sculpture after ‘Lily’ during the second week of my residency, I have finished with the production and the sculpture is ready to interact with the men statues in Zala.
Each statue has their own background and stories, and there is a reason for them to be built in the town.  Based on the original story the statues, I twisted and gave additional meanings to create new perspectives by using different objects, poses, and composition for each site-specific execution, and for each of the execution, I took photos for record.
The photo shooting was done at 5:30am to catch the best sunlight in the summer, and also to avoid the crowd.  People in Zala showed interests and the local newspaper reported the intervention and posted some photographs too (Click here to read the news).
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During the 3rd week, I transformed the images of ‘Lily’ with other statues to another further level.  I tried to create a new background and circumstances in acrylic painting; this approach of appropriation suggested surreal, ironic and playful images with the statues.

 

Artist-in-residence Journal《Zalaegerszeg》2

Invited by D’Clinic Studios in Hungary, Noelle Ng participates in an overseas artist residency program in a town called Zalaegerszeg, to explore the possibilities in art creations and for cultural exchange with other artists.

About Noelle Ng

 

Jun 7 2016

The idea for my final project came up on the 4th day of my residency.

Traditional and contemporary statues are everywhere in Europe.  There is no exception in Zalaegerszeg, although it is a small town but it has 207 pieces of statues, from small ones to big ones, most of them are traditional ones but there are also some contemporary statues.

Most of the statues are famous people from the old days, such as the Kings, the nobles, poets… etc, and they are usually men.  They all look very serious like the classic statues.

The notion of the project is to breakaway from the stiff and serious statues.  I am making a female soft statue referencing one of the sculptures call ‘The leave knees’, it is a lady statue called Lily.  Lily is a very popular statue, and there are a lot of replicas, there is one in Zalaegerszeg in a sitting position as well.  The soft sculpture that I am working on will be duplicated according to her features in a contemporary approach.  At specific sites she will interact with 6 selected male statues, with different body gestures, in order to create a new perspective from the original.

I am busy getting materials, and research information about the statues, to think about the composition.  In the 2nd week of my residency, I focused in making the soft female sculpture, worked on pattern, sewing, and inner construction etc.

 

Artist-in-residence Journal《Zalaegerszeg》1

Invited by D’Clinic Studios in Hungary, Noelle Ng participates in an overseas artist residency program in a town called Zalaegerszeg, to explore the possibilities in art creations and for cultural exchange with other artists.

About Noelle Ng

 

Jun 1 2016

[Monday]

I had an orientation in the studio and the residency program for 3 weeks began.

Noelle1-14

Noelle1-12

For the past 2 days, I just walked around the small town to get inspirations.  And I took some time to make some simple artworks at studio, start up my creative engine.

 

Small works I’m working on:
(1) Electorcardiogram-like drawings
To document my reflections towards the place Zalaegerszeg.
This historical town, compared to Hing Kong, is a quiet place.  I began to notice that I am not too used to working at a quiet environment like it here.  I started to record my feelings with electorcardiogram-like drawings from the first day, I intended to do this throughout the program.  I am hoping to see if there are any changes.  I can imagine this could become like a landscape, of my heart, my feelings.
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(2) Things and System
White grid washroom/bathroom ceramic seems universal object.
From the wall of the studio, I can tell that I was a laundry room.  I am still trying to consolidate this idea, but I am thinking to do something about the reality of ‘things’ and its need to get into a ‘system’ that exist in our norms.  ‘Things’ sometimes have to self-deconstruct and fit-in.  Just like the nature, ourselves and the ‘others’…
I am still getting inspired, will begin to work on a final project.  I will probably focus on forms/ materials/ concepts/ contexts…

 

藝術家駐留週記《第比利斯》4

藝術家葉啟俊參與格魯吉亞首都第比利斯 GeoAIR 舉辦的駐場計劃,將當地建築物Chess Palace(「棋宮」)化成大雕塑,進行研究、定位 (Site-specific) 藝術創作。

關於葉啟俊

yipkaichun-feat

2016年5月25日

(一)  現代主義

葉里溫棋館(Chess House)的比賽終於完結,棋館再次對外開放,終於可以走進去。看門口的伯伯大概是用俄文問我來做乜,我不懂「睇吓啫」的俄文,只能說我最常說的「我唔明」。雞同鴨講咗一陣佢叫我畀一百蚊阿美尼亞幣(港幣四圓)佢,以為係入場費,原來係租棋費,我指手畫腳話唔使。相比起格魯吉亞第比利斯棋宮(Chess Palace)的亂七八糟,棋館似乎保存得很好,整座建築物由活動到裝飾都很「棋」。據棋館職員說,建築未曾大加改建,故保持原來風貌。

但棋館是個異數。因為這個計劃,特別留意街上的蘇聯時期現代主義建築。這些建築龐大,簡結有力,風格鮮明,很易認。在葉里溫和其他前蘇聯地區,卻多遭受冷(虐)待。例如葉里溫的當代美術館建築,實為全蘇聯第一座,由數座圓桶型的兩層建築組成,好像數隻飛碟。現時,當代美術館卻被安置到附近一座細小的建築物;這座原本的當代美術館,意義重大的建築物卻遭丟空。又例如葉里溫的大型電影院,就變成一個有如女人街的雜散場,精緻的裝飾和影院荒廢。同樣建於蘇聯時期的舊機場,政府還要不明不白地想拆它(據說是使黑錢用),招來市民大力反對。看着漂亮的現代主義建築被糟蹋,也真有點惋惜。

和駐場計劃的Susanna講起棋館為何待遇優厚,她說有傳聞說當今總統甚好棋藝,更是當地棋會的會長,是以棋館得以保存云云。但見其他蘇聯建築的慘況,此說也有幾分道理。另外,Susanna說阿美尼亞和大多數前蘇聯國家一樣,在獨立後差不多所有東西都私有化,就連阿美尼亞政府的外交部大樓都賣給了商家!實在難以想像。

當代美術館建築

(二)大屠殺

一九一五年至二二年,於鄂圖曼帝國境內生活逾四世紀的阿美尼亞人被種族清洗,為數至少八十萬的阿美尼亞人被殺,阿美尼亞社區、歷史建築、教堂被夷平,史稱「阿美尼亞種族大屠殺」。葉里溫有座博物館及紀念碑悼念此慘痛經歷,位於近市中心的小山上,四周空曠。紀念碑是十數塊圍成圓型的巨石,微微傾向中心,走進中間好像一個保護罩,輕聲說話都因回音變重,晴朗的藍天好像高了。紀念碑中間有團火,播放着這些和晴朗天氣不搭調的樂曲。

按此聆聽:阿美尼亞種族大屠殺紀念碑的聲音 (Armenian Genocide Monument)

(三)深夜校園

駐場計劃位於一間藝術高中內,日間小孩眾多人氣旺,晚上就人影都冇。晚上在校舍內走了個圈,只聽見遠親校工看更的電視聲,水喉的滴水聲,以及錄音機的沙沙聲。想起金田一少年事件簿的七不思異殺人事件 . . . . . .

按此聆聽:深夜校園的聲音

(四)行山、烤肉

好好味!
好好味!

週末到了離葉里溫三小時車程,有「阿美尼亞瑞士」之稱的迪利然(Dilijan)。每到外地都愛行山,然後每次都想起香港的行山徑是多麼的城市化:路標清晰,地圖處處。這裏有個面積甚廣的自然公園,內裏也有不少行山徑,但標示和地圖只在起點才有,而那地圖也像是隨手畫的,高度座標欠奉。我拿着人人手執一本的寂寞星球,依着完全跟不上的指示,亂行一通,山景還是很優美,空氣亦很清新,週日除了我這個行山客就是牧場的牛和豬。

我越行越高,完全不覺書中說的落山跡象,背囊中只有一隻蕉,半日未吃,好像唔對路,所以決定原路折返。沿公路一直行落山,發現處處都有一家大細或後生生火燒阿美尼亞人最愛的Khorovat — 烤肉是也。本地人對外地人熱情是真的,在街常被喊來喊去,肚空空走落山又俾半醉阿伯叫停,一味講我只識噏單字嘅俄文,指手畫腳捉我食烤肉同飲伏特加,其家人個個拿起相機手機攝錄機拍拍拍,猶如觀賞動物園的熊貓吃竹葉一樣,而我亦相當習慣被當成奇珍異獸。只想講,新鮮烤起的肉味美!

阿美尼亞的公家燒烤爐
阿美尼亞的公家燒烤爐

 

原文刊於 yipkaichunss.blogspot.com

藝術家駐留週記《第比利斯》3

藝術家葉啟俊參與格魯吉亞首都第比利斯 GeoAIR 舉辦的駐場計劃,將當地建築物Chess Palace(「棋宮」)化成大雕塑,進行研究、定位 (Site-specific) 藝術創作。

關於葉啟俊

yipkaichun-feat

2016年5月25日

(一)  孟加拉

坐了六個鐘頭的士來到阿美尼亞葉里溫, 駐場計劃位於當地一間藝術高中。從第比利斯GeoAIR的工作人員得知,駐場計劃Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory所在地位於「Bangladesh」,重覆了數次以為自己聽錯,但原來堅係同一個孟加拉,而且人人都咁叫,花名叫到真名都冇人記得嗰隻。問駐場計劃策展人Susanna何故以冇雷公咁遠兼冇乜交情嘅孟加拉為地名,才知此區本為堅係乜都冇荒蕪之地,於七十年代尾發展。昔逢孟加拉爭取獨立,蘇聯施以援手。當時阿美尼亞為蘇聯一員,故電視日日講一向冇相干嘅孟加拉點樣點樣,其時人人都說唔想搬去這唔知邊度嘅地方,就說這「新市鎮」係「孟加拉」:又遠又窮又唔知做乜,一直叫到而今。此地的確空曠,四處都是屋村樣的屋,離市中心半小時,未至於是孟加拉,但也不可算方便 — 我想起天水圍。不過,此地也是個小社區,要乜有乜,而且有個大市集,蔬果新鮮又平宜。孟加拉還是不錯的。

(二)棋館

一直以為葉里溫也有個Chess Palace(棋宮),但原來正名是Tigran Petrosian Chess House,就姑且譯作「棋館」吧 — 有點切磋的意味。棋館正值舉行殘障人士國際棋藝大賽,所以閒人不得內進。葉里溫棋館比格魯吉亞棋宮細,但保存得似乎不錯,沒有棋宮那種亂嚟嘅加加減減保育災難。而棋館在地下還有商店,售賣棋書、棋盤、棋精品等,比棋宮認真。橫館設計成三角型,牆身刻有皇后、騎士等棋子。這次葉里溫沒人碰過這題目,可能要花更多心思摸路,查查找找了。

(三)現狀

Susanna口中的阿美尼亞和格魯吉亞差不多,都在蘇聯解體後經歷迅速的私有化、士紳化,一時間資本主義西方世界的東西湧入。但Susanna說阿美尼亞情況比格魯吉亞壞,因為格魯吉亞脫離了由俄國主導的前蘇聯國聯盟,而阿美尼亞仍在其中,事事受俄羅斯牽制,加上在任已八年的總統Serzh Sargsyan又親俄,所以和格魯吉亞努力入歐盟有所不同。在葉里溫大多數地區,小商戶維生,窮等人家依賴的市集被剷走,換來貨色可能好少少,但價錢貴多多的高級超市。葉里溫一定平過香港唔少,但又冇覺得好平,在市中心食個阿美尼亞比薩Lahmajoon加個沙律要港幣四十圓。Susanna說這裏人工低,駐場計劃所在的藝術高中教師也是美金二百圓,衣食住行柴米油鹽不知怎辦。所以,阿美尼亞人都走得就走,只為找工作。
談着談着扯到藝術,Susanna說阿美尼亞完全沒有任何政府或私人資助,要搞藝術都得靠外來資金,但這些對高加索有興趣的金主都十成在格魯吉亞,所以阿美尼亞分到的餅自然少。另外,金主都是西歐國家,有次歌德想搞個前蘇聯國家的交流合作。前蘇聯國家都沒有文化藝術資助,所以國家之間聯繫甚少,所以這交流合作當然是美事一樁。可是,美中不足的卻是,合作須由金主德國主導,前蘇聯國家未能當家作主 — Susanna批這是「新文化殖民」。可是,她和我都想不到可以怎樣做。

(四)巴士

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孟加拉沒有地鐵,出入要搭巴士,但班次似乎頗密,次次都好快上到車。巴士型號條條線唔同,有些像大巴,有些像小巴,也有些像企唔到起身的保母車。因為車上標誌只得阿美尼亞文,而且係落車先畀錢司機,總覺得這巴士更像香港的小巴。大巴和小巴還好,有日坐了次保母車,車上坐位已滿,上車後發現企唔直,車身可能只到我個胃,要企就要捲起個人,好似寵物店的大狗,所以索性跪下。其他當地人見到好像覺得很奇怪,他們都比我矮,但企直身根本不可能,所以都是垂下頭的。我由低處向上望,一個個垂下頭,覺得好笑,對面婆婆以為我對她微笑,也向我笑了一下。
在這種局促的面包車上,當地人守望相助。一個婆婆見另一個婆婆冇位坐,叫佢畀個手袋佢擺喺大脾;又有另一個婆婆見我手撐地,示意叫我扶車頂攔杆,而讓坐予老少也是常見。我以為自己訓練有素,蹲個跪個三十分鐘車程沒有問題,但過了一會就小腿酸軟,得不停更換姿勢。
其實我最喜歡坐這面包車。

(五)的士

除非是往返機場,又或是揀無可揀,甚少在異地坐的士。一來言語未必通,二來怕被騙,三來坐交通工具或行路看到更多。不過,這晚和Susanna及其他當地人喝酒後已無巴士,只得坐的士。Susanna 教了我地名的阿美尼亞文,上了的士,對講機、音樂、安靜的路、遠處漆黑的雪山、蹩腳的阿美尼亞文、俄文和英文,四十圓港幣有找。

按此聆聽: 的士的聲音 Yerevan Taxi to Bangladesh

(六)教堂

自中學後就再沒正式到過教會,這個週日倒想看看孟加拉內的教堂禮拜。就街上所見和Susanna所講,阿美尼亞雖將基督教視為國教,卻未有如格魯吉亞狂熱。可是,在教堂中見到女子以頭巾包頭,不少人跪下懺悔,人人湧至牧師前親吻錦旗和十字架 (以及教堂內所有肖像),又上前走到牧師前被摸頭,為當地人的虔誠感歎(慨?)

按此聆聽: 教堂的聲音 Yerevan St Trinity Church Bangladesh Sunday

(其實已來到阿美尼亞,只是其實算是同一個計劃,也就不轉標題了。)

 

原文刊於 yipkaichunss.blogspot.com