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Solomon Benjamin and Wing Shing Tang

Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

As part of 15 Invitations, Solomon Benjamin, the Bangalore-based scholar, in collaboration with Hong Kong "critical geographer" Wing Shing Tang, co-organise a three-day workshop around artistic explorations aimed at "unfreezing the city."

Instigated by what the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority (URA) terms "freezing surveys"—aimed at fixing legal claims to spaces (and thereby people) to frame cities as stable grids—"unfreezing" becomes a way to re-think and re-familiarise the relationship to cities we inhabit and travel across.

Benjamin and Tang propose that we see cities through the very practices that constitute them—how a city is "practiced" bears witness to how it is lived. Art then becomes a way to bring critical reexamination and repositioning of the city by reworking the very methods, tools, and representations that may otherwise become fixed.

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