Learning Curves/Shing Mun River
Interdisciplinary research project on places of contact between natural and urban landscape in Hong Kong.
Project by Alessandro Carboni, 2013
The new stage of Learning Curves takes place in Hong Kong and focuses on the Shing Mun River. The project intends to focus the research on the transformation of the landscape caused by major land reclamation that irrevocably changed the Shatin area. The dramatic human activity around the Shatin area, which started at the beginning of the 1970s due to land reclamation and extension over the sea, transformed the villages into the biggest residential urban agglomerate in Hong Kong.
Alessandro Carboni, in residence in Hong Kong, tells us about these transformations starting from his explorations around the Shing Mun River, the river that runs through Shat Tin area. The river becomes the place of contact between two points, the natural landscape, in particular the coastline, the river and the mountains, and the artificial landscape, that is the effects of production activity, social, cultural and environmental life in the various neighbourhoods starting from Tai Wai up to Tai Po. The river, according to the artist, is the central element of the transformation, a tangible landscape system, that is an element in balance where all natural and artificial elements can be variably connected.
Research Process #Mapping Shing Mun River
24.01 to 06.04
Installation #Sound Topography around Shing Mun River
5.4.2013 (Fri) | 11.00am – 7pm
6.4.2013 (Sat) | 10am – 6pm
@ open area near Pai Tau Village, Shatin, Hong Kong
Performance #Dialogue on Maps
6.4.2013 (Sat) | 11.00am – 12.30pm
@ Shatin Rural Committee, 248 Pai Tau Village, Shatin, Hong Kong
Learning Curves/Shing Mun River by Alessandro Carboni has been developed in the frame of The Library by soundpocket Artist In Residence. Learning Curves/ Shing Mun River is part of Carboni research and interdisciplinary project Overlapping Discrete Boundaries ASIA, a multidisciplinary research project focused both on an objective analysis of urban context and on the other hand focused on the intimate, subjective relationship between the observer and the perceived environment. Overlapping Discrete Boundaries has been carried out by early 2010, through sponsorships and residences both Asian and European cities.
Project by Alessandro Carboni
Assistance: Li Wai Mei and Cristina Gervasi
Translation in English: Andrea Scalas
Photography and graphic: Alessandro Carboni
Recording assistance: Jacklam Ho and Dylan Kwon
Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Choy Hon Sum
Alessandro reportage has been published for the Italian magazine Frontierenews.it
Learning Curves/ Shing Mun River has been developed in the frame of The Library by soundpocket artist in residence
with the support:
Formati Sensibili | art & science mashups, Italy
The Library by soundpocket, Hong Kong
Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong