Co-organised by Oi! and School of Everyday Life
In-Situ! is a work-in-progress art project that involves different groups and artists living and working on site at Oi! for 80 days. The art space was opened up for visitors to access individual art units for free, allowing them to strike up spontaneous dialogues with artists and explore traces of the lives of different communities. In the process of these encounters, people could re-examine their own lives from artistic perspectives and thus rediscover the neglected scenery of their personal journeys.
In-Situ! reinstated the once thriving tools of living and lifestyle in North Point to create ‘manufacturing in-situ'. Manufacturing makes products to meet our daily needs. In the industrial age, factory workers repeated the same processes and actions day in and day out on assembly lines making these products. There were no room for the slightest diversity, imagination or individuality. Today, however, there is a growing desire for the human touch as assembly lines were automated, machinery becomes more advanced and digitisation is applied more widely. In addition to the requirement for materials and skills comes the knowledge of each substance and the warmth of human hands. They serve to fulfil the lack of humanity in the globalising economy.
With the power of art, In-Situ! transformed ordinary routines into a commune of life experiences and knowledge sharing, strengthened the connection with and cohesion among local citizens through practice and exploration and thus promoted a better, more fulfilling life, one that feels complete from inside to out. Everything in life, from what we eat and see, what we wear, what we write and talk about, to what we plant, can be a medium of spiritual fulfilment. When we pay attention to what we see, hear, smell, taste and touch, to how we move and think, we can discover the dialogues between our external and inner worlds. In this studio, artists and organisations from different disciplines explored spiritual fulfilment and looked for beauty in life through books, food, trees, letters and stories. Material possessions are necessities in life, yet we can choose from those possessions what we really need.
The participating units of In-Situ! include BookWalker, HK Potato, Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres, Hokee, Little Green Feet, Mapopo Community Farm, MUDwork, Oxfam Hong Kong, Sangwoodgoo, Spicy Fish Cultural Production / Fleurs des Lettres, and the creative talents and visitors who joined hands to inject creativity into the ordinary and connect with life.
Period: 7.11.2014 – 25.1.2015