01: Drawing on Histories

When 5 Jul 2014
Where Asia Art Archive, 11/F & 10/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Language English and Cantonese
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Join us! AAA Open Saturday, a new way to think about art. 

Open Saturday is a new series of daylong programmes centering on art as a means of inquiry. Through invited collaborators from different fields sharing fresh perspectives on a range of topics, Asia Art Archive offers diverse audiences a platform to actively explore art’s capacity to generate ideas.
The inaugural programme, Drawing on Histories, offers participants a chance to experience - through a talk, screenings, exhibition, and drawing tour - the multi-layered ways that drawing generates meaning across time, space, and discipline.
Drawing on Histories is presented in collaboration with Draw Together Hong Kong, ifva of Hong Kong Arts Centre, MCCM Creations, and Walk in Hong Kong.


AAA Talk | Drawn from Life
11am-1pm | English
Drawing often serves as an easy barometer of an artist’s technical skill. Historically, it has also been considered a universal art form – every child in every culture draws. While drawing is most commonly seen as an act of mark making, it is also a process through which artists evoke, make visible and ‘draw out’ their ideas. In this expanded form, drawing is not limited to being a medium-specific artistic practice, but an approach that moves beyond media in service of an idea, feeling, or impression. Taking this multifaceted perspective, Drawn from Life invites two artists and a scholar to share their singular explorations of self, society, history, musical scores and language through diverse practices of drawing.

Speakers: Ho Sin Tung, artist, Christopher Hutton, Professor, Chair of English, The University of Hong Kong, Samson Young, artist
Moderator: Hammad Nasar, Head of Research & Programmes, Asia Art Archive

AAA Exhibition | Mapping Asia
Until 29 August 2014
How we define 'Asia' at Asia Art Archive is the question we are most frequently asked. Acknowledging both the value and limitations of the map as a tool, this project practices a mapping of Asia that does not exclusively depend on the map as artefact, but as something that lives and continues to unfold.
2-2:30pm | Guided Tour | English

Chantal Wong, Strategy & Special Projects, Asia Art Archive
3:30-4pm | Guided Tour | Cantonese
Kit Long Lam, Library Assistant, Asia Art Archive

A tour led by AAA staff will share, among other things, sites of layered pasts and culturally-entangled histories that are currently shaping our notions of Asia.

On-site Presentation | Materials from the Collection
Coinciding with the Open Saturday series launch, AAA presents selected publications and archival documents from its publicly available Library collection. Also on view are resource materials from the current Mapping Asia exhibition, as well as a range of books and catalogues by programme speakers detailing the intimate and interlinked relationship between drawing and its power to record, negotiate, and challenge history.

Screening | Drawn to the City 

The changing face of the city has been a recurring theme in several recently produced short films. Filmmakers and animators have captured the sheer beauty of the city as well as its memories, struggles, and core values before its stories fade into history. The four short films and animations were selected from the pool of previous ifva award-winning and finalist titles.

The Chronicle of a Drawing; the Footprints of Time
Wong Cheuk Hin George
9’43” / Col / No dialogue and subtitles
Gold Award, Animation Category, 12th ifva Awards
The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village

Tsang Tsui Shan
14' / Col & B/W / No dialogue with English subtitles
Special Mention, Open Category, 15th ifva Awards
Queen’s Encounter

Cheng Tak Yan Enoch
29' 56"/ Col/ Cantonese with English subtitles
Finalist, Open Category, 17th ifva Awards
Kwun Tong Fading

Lam Hon Shan
16' 40" / Col / Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Finalist, Open Category, 18th ifva Awards

Full description of short films and animations
Programme Partner:
Organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre, ifva is an incubator for film and visual media in Asia. Founded in 1995, and formerly named the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards, ifva serves as a platform that actively promotes short film, animation, and media arts.

Walk & Draw | Chasing Shadows in Sheung Wan
4-6pm | Tour | Cantonese
Guide: Chow Chung Wah, Author, Lonely Planet guidebooks & Co-founder, Walk in Hong Kong
4-6pm | Tour | English
Guide: Haider Kikabhoy, Researcher of Hong Kong History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Co-founder, Walk in Hong Kong

Facilitators: Marissa Fung, Founder, Creative Partnerships Ltd & Draw Together Hong Kong, Gloria Wong, multi-media artist and graphic designer, Jason Nogoy, architect, educator, artist and furniture designer

Guides, artists, and architects will lead a visual and auditory exploration of the city’s past through a walking tour with sketchbooks to discover both Hong Kong’s history and its present. No experience necessary. Come with an open mind to see, hear, smell, and quickly sketch your observations.

Asia Art Archive-> Possession Street-> Hollywood Road Park->  “Tong Lau” ->  Pak Shing Temple->  Pound Lane Public Toilets->  Blake Garden->  Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science

Programme Partners:
Draw Together Hong Kong is an open-source community engagement project that uses drawing as a catalyst for creativity, collaboration, and community building. A creative movement, its volunteers and participants collaborate locally across all sectors of the community. The project's goal is to use drawing as a starting point for dialogue, creative thought, and social innovation through visual thinking, observation and expression.
Walk in Hong Kong offers lovingly-designed and well-researched local walking tours that are fun, informative and celebratory of the city’s tales, past and present, in all their gritty, quirky glory. Come and see an unseen Hong Kong with us.


Onsite Activity | Song Dong: 36 Calendars
Until 31 October 2014
Visitors to AAA’s Library are encouraged to create new online versions of Song Dong: 36 Calendars on a website documenting Song’s drawing-based participatory project, first exhibited in Hong Kong in 2013. Using designated computer workstations in the AAA Library, participants may choose to draw on individual months to continue the project, with their edited versions being shared with the public through a dedicated Facebook page.

Book Booth | MCCM Pop-up Bookshop
At this pop-up shop, book lovers will enjoy browsing and taking home books published by MCCM Creations in genres ranging from art, design, and architecture to heritage, regional cultures, and literature. The books document cultures and experiences through text, hand-drawn illustrations, photography, and video.
Programme Partner:
MCCM Creations is an independent Hong Kong publisher founded in 2001 and dedicated to multidisciplinary visual cultures.

Free Admission


Due to limited capacity, some programmes require registration; please register at or 2815 1112 by 3 July. All registered participants will receive email confirmation.

Walk-ins may be accepted, subject to availability.

11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
(On the junction of Possession Street and Hollywood Road)
Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2
T: (852) 2815 1112
F: (852) 2815 0032

Opening Hours
Saturday 5 July 2013, 10am-6pm

The library and all events will be closed when Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted or a Black Rainstorm Warning is in force.

Presented by: Asia Art Archive
Supported by: The S. H. Ho Foundation Ltd. & The C.K. & Kay Ho Foundation
Beverage Sponsor: Telford International Company Limited
Programme Partners: Draw Together, ifva of Hong Kong Arts Centre, MCCM Creations, Walk in Hong Kong
Design Partner: Milkxhake
Media Partner: Timable


AAA Talk | Drawn from Life
Screening | Drawn to the City
Book Booth | MCCM Pop-up Bookshop
Walk & Draw | Chasing Shadows in Sheung Wan
Walk & Draw | Chasing Shadows in Sheung Wan
Image: Samson Young, Liquid Borders III (Yuen Long & Lok Ma Chau), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Wilson Shieh, The Twenty-Eight British Hong Kong Governors (#3 of a set of 4), 2011. Courtesy of artist.
Image: Ho Sin Tung, World Map of Yau Tsim Mong, 2011. Courtesy of artist.
Image: exhibition installation view of Mapping Asia, 12 May-29 August, 2014. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Image: George Wong Cheukhin, The Chronicle of a Drawing; the Footprints of Time, 2006. Courtesy of ifva.
Image: Tsang Tsui-shan, The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village, 2009. Courtesy of ifva.
Image: Cheng Tak-yan Enoch, Queen’s Encounter, 2011. Courtesy of ifva.
Image: Lam Hon-shan, Kwun Tong Fading, 2013. Courtesy of ifva.
Image: detail of Walk & Draw on Possession Street from Open Weekend 2013. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Image: detail of Walk & Draw at Pak Shing Temple from Open Weekend 2013. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Image: detail from Walk & Draw at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Science from Open Weekend 2013. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.


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