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Hong Kong Urban Laboratory


香港城市研究室由梁啟智博士、歐陽檉博士、馬傑偉博士及黃宇軒於 2009年成立,回應的正是此文化境遇,並透過集體策展、創作與評論,將城市重塑為知識傳遞的機器(machine for pedagogy),及空間實踐的實驗場域,致力連結本土的學院城市研究者、文化評論人與藝術家,以開啟都會空間潛藏的啟發性。


With more than half of the world's population living in urban area, the 21st century is named by urbanists "the century of urbanization". New city morphologies, together with new cultures and imaginations, have inspired a new tide of transdisciplinary urban studies. Moving beyond the traditional realm of social studies, the new urban studies sees art as important space for knowledge production, and sets the widening of public imagination and development of diverse spatial practices as the top agenda.

Hong Kong Urban Laboratory was founded in 2009 by Dr Leung Kai Chi, Dr Auyeung Shing, Dr Ma Kit Wai and Sampson Wong Yu Hin in response to this cultural opportunity. Through collective curation, creative practice and criticism, it tries to shape the city into a 'machine for pedagogy' and a testing ground for spatial practice. It also seeks to release the potention inspirations of urban space by creating dialogues between local urbanists, cultural critics and artists.

Originally established as an academic association, between 2009 to 2011, Hong Kong Urban Laboratory focused on academic activites and organized/co-organized the Seminar on Urban Studies, several editions of Hong Kong Culture and Society Seminar and a number of study trips. In 2012, the group transformed into an cross-disciplinary contemporary art organisation with the aim of bridging academic urban studies and contemporary art practices, and a focus on research-based art/curatorial practice. Since then, the group had initiated or participated a number of participatory art projects, talks and exhibitions, including Mapping Kai Tai Bund (2012), Hacking Freespace (2013), Non-indigenous Lives (2014) and Affordable Art Basel (2014). They had also participated in the 4th and 5th Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2012 & 2014) and other exhibitions.

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