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Swire Properties Arts Month 2019 celebrated our continuing commitment to art and culture as an essential component in the ongoing success of our communities.

During March and April, Pacific Place, Taikoo Place and Star Street Precinct hosted a series of imaginative exhibitions, installations, street art and exciting live performances designed to entertain everyone; offering an exhilaratingly perspective on the world around us. Arts Month also marks our seventh year of partnering with Art Basel Hong Kong, and our first collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts.​

2019 Programme

Paul Cocksedge, the acclaimed London-based designer, created an inventive VIP lounge titled ‘Spectrum’. Visually intriguing bands of red and blue fabric, the lounge exudes a calm and welcoming symmetry that reflects Cocksedge’s characteristic lightness of touch and imaginative visual effect.​

Paul Cocksedge, the acclaimed London-based designer, created an inventive VIP lounge titled ‘Spectrum’.

The making of Swire Properties VIP Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019
Guests at the VIP Cocktail Opening.

Swire Properties continued its ‘Dialogue Series’ at Art Basel Hong Kong. A number of leading world figures, including Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, offered personal insights into art, architecture, design, culture and our built environment. These sessions were curated in collaboration with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.​

Christopher Le Brun PRA: The Role of the Artist in the 21st Century

Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker as well as the 26th and current president of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Christopher will discuss his artistic career and how he manages this dual role of artist and leader of an institution with over 250 years of history.

Moderator:
Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Speaker:
Christopher Le Brun, PRA, President, Royal Academy of Arts

Urban Realities and Future of Arts and Culture

Global urban culture policy is shifting towards more egalitarian and citizen-centered models. What can cities, individuals and local stakeholders do to ensure the continuity of a vibrant artistic community? What is the role of culture in the urban context? 

Moderator:
Mia Yu, Independent Curator
Speakers:
Laura Ning, CEO, Mao Ji-Hong Arts Foundation
Paul Owens, Co-founder, BOP Consulting

FoldHaus: From Burning Man to Hong Kong

In recent years Burning Man, the annual festival that takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has become the hotbed of interdisciplinary, participatory artistic expressions that best exemplify the rise of the contemporary maker culture. FoldHaus discusses the idea of “art for everyone”— for the audiences and also for the makers.

Moderator:
Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Speakers:
Annette Diefenthaler, Artist, FoldHaus​
Joerg Student, Artist, FoldHaus

Taste vs Trend?

Taste has been studied and analysed by illustrious philosophers for centuries. But how is ‘taste’ created and shaped nowadays? Have trends overtaken the taste-making process? Who has taken the role of the discerning eye: the tastemaker or the trendsetter?

Moderator:
Talenia Phua Gajardo, CEO, The Artling
Speakers:
Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Zhou Li, Artist

Permanent or Temporary. Now or Forever. What is the Role of Time in Art?

What is the difference in our perception when it comes to experiencing new architectural, artistic, or design installations? Does it frame our responses differently? Are we more willing to accept challenging work if we know it is only temporary? Does being temporary somehow diminish or enhance the social impact of a work?

Moderator:
Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Speakers:
Paul Cocksedge, Designer and Co-founder, Paul Cocksedge Studio
Willi Dorner, Artist
Ying Kwok, Independent Curator
Talk 1: Christopher Le Brun PRA: The Role of the Artist in the 21st Century​
Talk 2: Urban Realities and Future of Arts and Culture​
Talk 3: FoldHaus: From Burning Man to Hong Kong​
Talk 4: Taste vs Trend?
Talk 5: Permanent or Temporary. Now or Forever. What is the Role of Time in Art?

American art collective FoldHaus brought two interactive sculptures from the world-famous Burning Man festival to Asia for the first time. Step inside “LUMENous GARDEN” and be greeted by SHRUMEN LUMEN, a pair of enormous origami mushroom and BLUMEN LUMEN, a gigantic origami flower, that glow with thousands of embedded LEDs. These sculptures grow and bloom in response to human interaction. Immersed fully in the garden for a dusk experience as the installation glowed in a dimmed environment.

The making of LUMENous GARDEN by FoldHaus​

New York artist Derick Melander brought his striking geometric sculpture “You Are My Other Me” to the Starstreet neigbourhood. Over 700 lbs of recycled clothing was stacked to form an enormous column outside Three Pacific Place. Reflected the Precinct’s commitment to sustainability, the work was designed to raise awareness of textile waste.​

The making of You Are My Other Me by Derick Melander ​

This original combination of visual arts and live performance offered an interactive, high-energy experience. It showcased artworks from French street artist L’Atlas and Austrian artist Willi Dorner, audiences explored multiple sets of urban landscape photographs inside a maze-like installation, while being surprised by performers at selected times.​

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