A zoo, a museum and an art exhibition, the link among them seems explicable, but also metaphorical.
Before the project began, the team set the parameters: do not make it a group show, make it a collaborative project. Even though visitors may be able to recognise which parts of the creation have been contributed by which artists, there is little meaning in trying to appreciate the works separately. Their existence can only make sense when they are perceived connectedly as one whole narrative and experience.
The team has taken the exhibition space to create the narrative in full dimension. Partly fictional, partly genuine.
In the end, there is no imitation of a zoo, but a fabricated "Collection" show. In "The Collection", some pieces are real and some are creations. In the midst of these collections and creations, a scenario of an unusual collector appears, retrieving faded memories of our city...
Leaving "The Collection", our tour guides (performers) will lead you back to the living presence, currently an exhibition space, but once the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and a pier. So what will it be in the future?
By the end of the narrative, visitors will be reminded to remember that something is disappearing…
Guest Curator: Orlean Lai
Exhibition Artists: Au Wah-yan, Steve Hui, Vee Leong, Kingsley Ng, Wong Hung-fei
Performers: Alpha Chan, Anson Chan, Ceci Chan, Fee Chan, Jacky Chan, Chung Nga-yan, Aska Leung, Kiki Ng, Christa Tom, Bosco Wong, Yu Yee-ting
Design Partner: Karr Yip
Date: 26.7 — 5.10.2014