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Oi! Tour

Date/Time
Date(s) - 27/06/2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Oil Street
Address
Oil Street

Category(ies)


Oil Street R2

Description of the Tour

Once the home of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the Government Supplies Department, Oi! was converted from a century-old building at the junction of Oil Street and Electric Road in North Point. The complex was initially classified as a Grade 2 historic structure by the Antiquities Advisory Board, in 1995, with official confirmation of its status following in 2009. Consisting of a main block and two ancillary buildings, it is a rare example of the Arts and Crafts style in Hong Kong.

The tour will be lead by Prof. Wallace Chang, who will explain the history of the site and how Oi! recently came into being as an art space and a guided viewing of the current exhibition Reflection! will also be included.

The Speaker / Tour Leader

Prof. Wallace Chang is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, CUHK, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University. He is both a practitioner and a theorist on urban design, cultural conservation and community participation. His designs – from urban washrooms in Hong Kong to academic buildings in China – have won several architectural awards. He is also a social activist for the urban environment, community conservation and sustainable planning.

Reflection!
In the exhibition Reflection!, Leandro Erlich, of Meta4 Design Forum, and Kingsley Ng have constructed ‘a point of convergence for reality and fabricated imagery’ through installations, sound and light. Specifically tailored to Oi!, Erlich’s extraordinary Bâtiment sets out to alter reality and defy both common sense and our perception of space with 3D illusions that invite viewer interaction. Inspired by the contrast between the buildings that house Oi! and the modern high-rises surrounding the site, Meta4 also teamed up with documentary photographer Tse Pak-chai to rethink the relationship between Hong Kong’s existing urban fabric and the rapid pace of new construction. The installation projects a curtain wall, the ultimate symbol of urban redevelopment, onto images of old buildings that have been demolished, to stimulate audience memories of the city and responses to its modern incarnation.

Reflecting the street scenes outside the arched windows of Oi!, Kingsley Ng’s multi-channel video and sound installation gently recounts stories of the past and present. As the original home of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, 12 Oil Street has always been associated with leisure, while North Point also offered plenty of entertainment “in the old days.” In an exploration of the relationship between “recreation” and “re-creation”, Ng invites the audience to find its way through a series of scenes, composed of images, sounds, scents, tastes and narratives that are part real, part imaginary, and to travel through the urban landscapes of the Oil Street of yesterday and today.


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