Amber Au 急急子
Nov - Dec 十一至十二月 2015
We are Listening
Starting at different points in listening and sound-making, Frances Law Chi-kei, Wong Fuk-kuen, William Wong Chi-wai and Samson Cheung Choi-sang got to know one another at the ‘Itchy Ears’ listening workshop, a collaboration between soundpocket and the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong’s ‘The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Inclusive Arts Project’. After completing the ‘Itchy Ears’ workshop, soundpocket invited Frances and William to join four workshops on sound art with artists Fuk-kuen and Samson. Upon the completion of the workshops, they decided to create something together by swapping their works and re-creating them. First of all, everyone created a piece of work. After that, Samson gave his work to Fuk-kuen, who gave his work to Frances. Frances passed his work to William, whose work was given to Samson. The recipients then re-created the works as they wished. Two weeks later, they passed the work to another person to re-create it and so on. After four rounds, the works were returned to the original creators. Yet, the work was no longer the same work. No one knows what the works would be like eventually. In this learning group, what matters is the exchange process between the four of them, rather than the final outcome.
William described Frances as the sky; Fuk-kuen as the sea and himself as the stars. I joked that the allocation was just right, like the costumed hero roles in a TV series. The learning group was formed by chance. There weren’t any specific goals to achieve; there wasn’t anything to conclude. As Fuk-kuen said, to experience sound, one has to be in the state of ‘being’, which means being aware of this moment, this second. The four of them were there to experience the delightful exchanges of four voices.
The Library by soundpocket and the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (HKADA) became partners in the past year to explore the arts of sound and listening with people with different abilities. We believe learning from each others’ differences could open up new possibilities of creation and remind us of our duties as citizens living together.
We have invited radio presenter Amber Au as our Feature Writer to investigate in a more thorough way the artists’ personal reflection on sound and listening in this project.
聲音圖書館 於過去一年與香港展能藝術會成為夥伴，了解不同能力人士如何感受聲音並以聲音作為創作媒介。這次合作旨在連繫不同背景的藝術家互相學習，共同創作，同時提醒我們作為公民一起生活的各種責任。我們邀請電台節目主持急急子深入發掘這四位藝術家的經驗和想法, 發展為聲音圖書館是次專題故事。