'Every manifestation of a force in any form whatever is to be regarded as its speech... everything in the universe speaks... if speech is strength, that is because it creates a bond of coming and going which generates movement and rhythm and therefore life and action. This movement to and fro is symbolized by the weavers feet going up and down... (the symbolism of the loom is entirely based on creative speech in action)'. - A Hampâté Bâ
thread, body, archive, extinction, dance, voice, hands, mouth, cloth, ocean, cell, story, belly, ash, sister, myth, life, shit, hunger, nummulite, stitches, water, spirit, lo teng, fish, death, styx, waste, land, waves, blood, fate, foreign, place, hyperobject, eocene, greek, taste, sperm…
Mariana Hahn, Artist in Residence, MILL6
Edith Cheung, Textile Enthusiast and Educator
Prof Laurent Gutierrez, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr Denise Tang, Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong
Angelika Li, Director, MILL6
The event will be conducted in English. Limited seating. RSVP is essential.
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Mariana Hahn is the first overseas artist to join MILL6’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Born in Schwäbisch-Hall and now lives and works in Berlin, Germany, Mariana Hahn's art practice focuses on the medium of silk, a delicate material with a substantial heritage from ancient China. With access to Hong Kong’s art and textile communities, resources and experts, Hahn examines the material transformation and the manifold meanings of silk across time and civilizations.
Edith Cheung juggles her time between commercial and self-initiated projects. She takes interest in all textile-related matters, ancient and modern, east and west. A fashion designer by profession, Edith combines her knowledge in the industry with her own discovered niche interests, providing unique designs and solutions for clients. She reinvents herself constantly: starting from a fashion career in New York, then a decade of work in film costume, then to arts and craft research, textile art therapy work, and writing on textile subjects.
Prof Laurent Gutierrez is an Associate Professor at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he leads the Environment and Interior Design discipline and the Master of Design (Design Strategies) as well as Innovation Design Management (IDM/MBA). He is also the co-director of Urban Environments Lab. He is currently doing a PhD on the “Processes of Modernization and Urbanization in China focusing on the Pearl River Delta region”. His research areas include Strategic Planning, Urban Environment, Relationship between Design, Art and Politics in Asia.
Dr Denise Tang received her M.A. in educational studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include queer pedagogy, lesbian spaces in Hong Kong, gender and sexualities, new media and visual cultures. She is the author of Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life (Hong Kong University Press, 2011).
Angelika Li holds a BA (Hons) in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Reading in the UK and an MA in Cultural Management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Appointed as the first gallery director of Sotheby’s Gallery in Asia, she currently serves on the Art Advisory Panel of the MTR Corporation and is now director of MILL6 Foundation, a new non-profit arts and cultural institution with a focus on textile arts to foster independent creative practice, to encourage multi-cultural dialogue, and to explore new meanings of textile.
In partnership with the Master of Social Sciences in Media, Culture and Creative Cities Programme