Photo Gallery: “Creative Operational Solutions” at Para Site, Hong Kong

Para Site presents the first exhibition to emerge out of Container Artist Residency 01.

The Container Artist Residency is an artist-in-residence programme by artist Maayan Strauss that takes place on-board commercial cargo ships. The Para Site exhibition is curated by Prem Krishnamurthy and Cosmin Costinas.

Maayan Strauss, 'Curve', 2011, from the series "Freight", digital print, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Maayan Strauss, ‘Curve’, 2011, from the series “Freight”, digital print, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Launched at Para Site in December 2016, “Creative Operational Solutions” is the first to emerge out of the Container Artist Residency 01 and features works by Container Artist Residency 01’s artists Mari Bastashevski, Tyler Coburn, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Erin Diebboll, Ferenc Gróf, Christopher Page and Samson Young, alongside artworks by James T. Hong, Zheng Mahler and Guo Xi & Zhang Jianling. The exhibition also includes a historical section curated by Qu Chang, which presents materials related to Hong Kong’s early history as a major shipping port and its role in the opium trade. Framing the entire residency programme, its financial underpinnings and conceptual structure, a further “meta-display” makes transparent the logistics of the project. As the press release (PDF download) explains,

Responding to both the residency and the conditions of increasing globalisation, the projects explore technology’s effects on geopolitics, the linguistics and semiotics of maritime shipping, the role of the artist as labourer, individual and collective memory, collaborations with industrial entities, and surveillance, among other themes.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

The starting point of the exhibition is represented by the works of the seven residents of Container Artist Residency 01, a programme which identifies the shipping industry as a driving cultural and economic force in the contemporary world. The Residency, realised for its first edition in partnership with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, is conceived as “a distributed artwork in the form of an institutional and operational residency that foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment”.

The seven artists-in-residence were selected by the curator of the first edition, Prem Krishnamurthy (also the curator of the Para Site exhibition alongside Cosmin Costinas), together with a jury consisting of Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Niels Van Tomme and Xiaoyu Weng. The selected resident artists were invited to travel with a cargo vessel on a route of their choice, and provided with an on-board studio space, accommodation in a ship’s cabin, an honorarium, a return travel allowance, and a production budget with which to produce work. The show represents the next phase of the project, through which the artworks created are shown in a travelling exhibition that extends the journey begun by the participating artists to multiple audiences.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

Erin Diebboll, 'Voyage 51 East', 2016 (Detail, Fireworks), pencil on paper, metal frames, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Erin Diebboll, ‘Voyage 51 East’, 2016 (Detail, Fireworks), pencil on paper, metal frames, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Erin Diebboll, 'Voyage 51 East', 2016 (Detail, Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer), pencil on paper, metal frames, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Erin Diebboll, ‘Voyage 51 East’, 2016, (Detail, Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer), pencil on paper, metal frames, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

Samson Young, 'What the lighthouses taught me (July 5, 11:30am–1:13pm, outside bridge facing East, between China and Hong Kong waters, ZIM Qingdao)', pencil, colour pencil, watercolour, pastel and stamp on paper, 22 x 30 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Samson Young, ‘What the lighthouses taught me (July 5, 11:30am–1:13pm, outside bridge facing East, between China and Hong Kong waters, ZIM Qingdao)’, pencil, colour pencil, watercolour, pastel and stamp on paper, 22 x 30 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Samson Young, 'What the lighthouses taught me (July 1, 12:10pm–12:45pm, on deck F, outside, boatside, ZIM Qingdao)', pencil, colour pencil, watercolour, pastel and stamp on paper, 22 x 30 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Samson Young, ‘What the lighthouses taught me (July 1, 12:10pm–12:45pm, on deck F, outside, boatside, ZIM Qingdao)’, pencil, colour pencil, watercolour, pastel and stamp on paper, 22 x 30 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

James T. Hong, 'Three Arguments about the Opium War', 2015 (video still), installation with five prints, two tracings, toy soldiers and synchronised two-channel video (HD video, colour, sound, 20 min. each). Image courtesy the artist.

James T. Hong, ‘Three Arguments about the Opium War’, 2015 (video still), installation with five prints, two tracings, toy soldiers and synchronised two-channel video (HD video, colour, sound, 20 min. each). Image courtesy the artist.

James T. Hong, 'Three Arguments about the Opium War', 2015 (video still), installation with five prints, two tracings, toy soldiers and synchronised two-channel video (HD video, colour, sound, 20 min. each). Image courtesy the artist.

James T. Hong, ‘Three Arguments about the Opium War’, 2015 (video still), installation with five prints, two tracings, toy soldiers and synchronised two-channel video (HD video, colour, sound, 20 min. each). Image courtesy the artist.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, ' Dissolution (I Know Nothing)', 2016, still from two-channel video with sound 12 min. Image courtesy the artists.

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, ‘ Dissolution (I Know Nothing)’, 2016, still from two-channel video with sound 12 min. Image courtesy the artists.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Mari Bastashevski, 'ZimTm', 2016, (Installation detail onboard), mirrored box installation connected to automated Twitter feed, water from the Suez Canal. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Mari Bastashevski, ‘ZimTm’, 2016, (Installation detail onboard), mirrored box installation connected to automated Twitter feed, water from the Suez Canal. Image courtesy Para Site.

Mari Bastashevski, 'ZimTm', 2016, (Installation detail onboard), mirrored box installation connected to automated Twitter feed, water from the Suez Canal. Image courtesy the artist.

Mari Bastashevski, ‘ZimTm’, 2016, (Installation detail onboard), mirrored box installation connected to automated Twitter feed, water from the Suez Canal. Image courtesy the artist.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, 'A Pool of Experience', 2016, (Detail), nickel, gold and tin on stainless steel, 300 x 200 cm. Image courtesy the artists.

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, ‘A Pool of Experience’, 2016, (Detail), nickel, gold and tin on stainless steel, 300 x 200 cm. Image courtesy the artists.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

Guo Xi & Zhang Jianling, 'An Iron Hearted Man', 2015, resin sculpture, Venus flower basket, 27 x 25 x 11 cm. Image courtesy the artists.

Guo Xi & Zhang Jianling, ‘An Iron Hearted Man’, 2015, resin sculpture, Venus flower basket, 27 x 25 x 11 cm. Image courtesy the artists.

Zheng Mahler, 'A Season in Shell', 2013-16, (Installation detail), red sea abalone calcium carbonate glazed porcelain, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Zheng Mahler, ‘A Season in Shell’, 2013-16, (Installation detail), red sea abalone calcium carbonate glazed porcelain, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

"Creative Operational Solutions", 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

“Creative Operational Solutions”, 10 December 2016 – 26 February 2017, Para Site, Hong Kong. Image courtesy Para Site.

Maayan Strauss, ' Window', 2011, from the series "Freight", digital print, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

Maayan Strauss, ‘ Window’, 2011, from the series “Freight”, digital print, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

 

“Creative Operational Solutions” runs from 10 December 2016 to 26 February 2017 at Para Site, Hong Kong.

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