雨傘節 The Umbrella Festival

Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre
Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong

May 2015

Curatorial Consultant

Presented by Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Umbrella Festival is a two-week multidisciplinary response to the Umbrella Movement – a pro-democracy political movement that grew out of the 2014 Hong Kong protests. The festival gathers the artwork created during the protests in the fight for democracy, and also presents recently created works in the performing and visual arts. Among an array of special events, there will be a reflective three-day workshop, titled “As the Dust Settles,” where participants can engage in responsive art-making, drama enactment, and reflect on images to gain clearer insight into the events. http://www.umbrellafest.com

Listen to a conversation with Oscar Ho about the Umbrella Festival and the histories of public demonstration in Hong Kong on Safina Radio Project.

"As the Umbrella Movement enters its second phase in its pursuit for ‘Real Election’, the Festival brings together the memories and creative expressions collected and evolved from the first phase of Movement, to reflect upon its achievement, and show an unstoppable spirit that is still moving on. It signifies a move beyond the ‘Occupied Zones’ to every corner of Hong Kong, to inform the indifferent, convince the unconvinced, to build solidarity with those who are sympathetic."
–Oscar Ho

"The Umbrella Festival and its varied exhibitions and performances hopes to capture a new attitude towards art and social media in Hong Kong that is closely intertwined with a youthful democracy movement, acts of civil disobedience and an iconography of resistance. The city-wide occupation created liminal spaces in which people transgressed into novel sensibilities to reflect on dark political crisis and aspirations towards change. The challenge of this festival will be to present and radiate these sensibilities beyond the occupied streets of Hong Kong in Fall 2014. It is not about art as documentation of past events, nor about a collection of honorable objects, but about a way of life and critical intelligence that needs art to seduce its audiences. I hope that you will encounter the good atmosphere and sexy people that you may have met during the Umbrella movement--a peculiar kind of multi-citizen dialogue and friendliness, humor and embrace of profanity, frank commentary on political clampdown, a stirring of umbrella feminism and queerness, and finally, a chance to rebuild the university itself in different kinds of locations."
–Katrien Jacobs

Exhibitions
◉ 遍地開花 / Blossoms Everywhere
◉ 佔中的愛與爭 / LOVE AND COMBAT IN THE OCCUPIED STREETS
Artists: Otti Li, Comic Daemons 漫畫刁民, & HK Press Photographers Association

Films
◉ Independent Films Film Screening – Oscar Ho | Edith Chiu
◉ 我們的“黃金時代” / Our 'Golden Era'

Performances
◉ 雨傘下的身體步道 / Re-trailing the Landscapes of the Body behind Umbrella Movement
◉ 我是一隻狗
◉ CHAPTER:9.28
◉ 《一個普通女子的離奇移民事件》

Events
◉ 外勢力 / Foreign Forces
◉ 雨傘是怎樣摺成? / How to fold a paper umbrella?
◉ 雨傘運動紀錄論壇 – 敍事、記憶與紀錄 | Forum on Documenting Umbrella Movement – Narratives, Memories and Records
◉ Wandering Scholars Take a Festival Walk

Read the Umbrella Festival catalogues

The Umbrella Festival website →


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