The Collective School explores artist-driven and collective models of learning. Developed in collaboration with Gudskul, a Jakarta-based collective that runs a grassroots school for other collectives, this project asks: How do artists learn from their peers in a collective? What makes collectivity necessary for survival today? How do collectives remain adaptive and relevant to their respective contexts?
ba-bau AIR (Hanoi), BiSCA (Bishkek), Gudskul (Jakarta), Load na Dito (Quezon City), Omnispace (Bandung), Pangrok Sulap (Sabah), Salikhain Kolektib (Quezon City), Scutoid Coop (Kaohsiung), and Yayasan Tonjo Foundation (Yogyakarta)
Local partners: Floating Projects (Hong Kong) and Rooftop Institute (Hong Kong)
Date: 15 Oct 2022
Venue: Goethe-Institut Hongkong
Artists often work under the pressure of production modes in contemporary art that emphasise end products, speed, deadlines, and individual success. How does working together circumvent these pressures, or fail to do so? What can art collectives do that individual artists alone cannot?
Speakers: Dory Cheng, Vennes Cheng, John Chow, Susanna Chung, Özge Ersoy, May Fung, Tang Kwok Hin, and Yim Sui Fong
Moderators: Susanna Chung, Özge Ersoy, May Fung and Yang Yeung
Livestreamed gaming and Workshop | Speculative Collective
Date: 17 Nov 2022
What can cooperative board games teach us about art collectives? How do players set up common goals instead of competing with each other?
Gamekeepers: Gesyada Siregar, Noorlintang Suminar, and Wiratama
Date: 26 Nov 2022
Venue: AAA Library
How do different generations of art collectives learn from each other? In Hong Kong, where land and space are tightly controlled, how do artists work collectively to share access to these resources?
Speakers: Sanmu Chen Shi-Sen, Chung Wing Shan, Dick Lai Chun Ling, Aaron Lam, Leung Ka Man, Ocean Leung Yu Tong, Yentl Tong, Siu King Chung, To Yeuk, Chung Wong, Duncan Wong, and Phoebe Wong Siu Yin
Moderators: Susanna Chung, Winnie Yan, Anthony Yung
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa & Lineo Segoete | Thinking with the Head, Thinking with the Hands
(Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until further notice.)
Date: 14 Jan 2023
How do artists use language to interrogate the legacy of colonialism in art and arts education?
Speaker: Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa
Inter-Archives Conversations | Archives as Sites for Collective Meaning-Making
Date: 18 Jan 2023
How can archives hold collective histories? Can archive-building be a collective process? This conversation brings together members of Malaysia Design Archive (Malaysia) and Northeast Lightbox (India) to discuss the necessity of working with communities across disciplines and knowledge systems in order to narrate the nuanced histories of their contexts.
Speakers: Anidrita Saikia, Devadeep Gupta, Ezrena Marwan, Hrishikesh Chowdhury, Jac sm Kee and Simon Soon
Moderator: Samira Bose
Date: Fri–Sat, 3–4 Feb 2023
Venue: CCG Library
Assemblage at AAA is a durational performance organised and activated by Floating Projects, a Hong Kong–based art collective that explores issues of space, experimentation, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity.
Assemblage Players (Floating Projects and friends): John CHOW, WONG Chun-hoi, WONG Fuk-kuen, Linda Chiu-han LAI, LAI Chung-man Andio, Michael LEUNG, Kel LOK, Samson CHEUNG Choi-sang, YAN Wai-yin, YIP Kai-chun, and more
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023
Venue: CCG Library
Printhow guides participants to create print postcards about people or places they miss, touching upon growing sentiment towards loss and separation experienced in recent years in Hong Kong. The workshop investigates how printmaking can act as a medium to document collective effort, encourage self-expression, and build emotional solidarity.
Annual Artist’s Lecture | ruangrupa
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2023
Venue: CCG Library
This year’s Annual Artist’s Lecture welcomes Ade Darmawan and farid rakun from ruangrupa as our guest speakers. ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based contemporary art collective that provides platforms for exhibitions, workshops, critical thinking, and research. Most recently, ruangrupa provided collective artistic direction based on the core values of lumbung for documenta fifteen in Kassel, Germany. In this conversation, Darmawan and rakun reflect on the historical conditions that make independent art spaces necessary, as well as recent debates on collectivity and resource sharing in the arts.
Speakers: Ade Darmawan and farid rakun
Event Scores by Artist-Parents: Family as a Creative Collective
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2023
Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun
What are some examples of artist-parents’ projects that engage their kids? What are fun and challenging aspects of rethinking a family as a collective? Is non-hierarchical interaction really possible in traditional familial structures? In this conversation co-presented by Asia Art Archive, Rooftop Institute, and Tai Kwun Contemporary, we explore family-initiated collective learning and creativity with three artist-parents across the globe.
Speakers: Chow Yik Lam, Yannick Dauby, David Horvitz
Moderator: Doris Wong Wai Yin
This project has been developed by Susanna Chung, Özge Ersoy, and Rebecca Tso, in close collaboration with Samira Bose, Noopur Desai, Sneha Ragavan, John Tain, Chương-Đài Võ, Congyang Xie, and Anthony Yung. Graphic design: MAJO.
The Collective School is generously supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, as well as Wendy Lee & Stephen Li, and Virginia & Wellington Yee.
Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.