In-Situ! is a work-in-progress art project that involved 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 and explore different traces of the lives. In such ways, 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 life tools in North Point to create ‘manufacturing in-situ'. In the industrial age, factory workers repeated the same processes day in and day out on assembly lines making these products, lacking diversity, imagination or individuality. Today, however, there is a growing desire for the human touch as digitisation is applied more widely, as it serves 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 cohesion among local citizens. Everything in life, from what we eat and see, to write and talk, even to plant, can be a medium of spiritual fulfilment. In this studio, artists and organisations 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! included 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.