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01 Nov 2013 - 15 Dec 2013

Hong Kong | The Social Contract | exhibition



Spring Workshop, Hong Kong presents The Social Contract, a work by A Constructed World. It is part of Moderation(s), an ongoing collaboration between Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, and Witte de With, Rotterdam, curated by Singapore artist Heman Chong. This work invites the audience to sign a legally-binding Participation and Confidentiality Agreement in order to enter the space. In doing so, the viewer becomes part of a temporary community of silent participants for a set period of days, agreeing not to disclose what they have seen. A Constructed World is the collaborative project of Australian artists Geoff Lowe and Jacqueline Riva. They have presented major survey exhibitions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne (2012), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1996). They have also had solo exhibitions at National Centre for Editioned Art and Image (Cneai), Chatou (2007) and CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux (2008), where they made a year-long project of four exhibitions and performances. Their next expansive exhibition will be at Museum Villa Croce, Genova (2014). A Constructed World have made performances for art centres including Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2013), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2012); Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm (2011) and Paola Pivi’s GRRR JAMMING SQUEEK, Sculpture International Rotterdam (2011). The Social Contract is the third act of the Moderation(s) project, an ongoing collaboration that will unfold in 2013/4 between Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, and Witte de With, Rotterdam. Conceived as an anthology of active proposals, Moderation(s) brings together an international group of artists, curators and writers in a year-long program of contemporary discourse and production between the two organisations. Within this framework, the artist Heman Chong will steer the project which will involve more than 50 artists and engender a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies and a book of short stories. Spring is a non-profit arts space committed to an international cross-disciplinary program of artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, music, film and talks. Anchored in the Wong Chuk Hang industrial neighborhood of Hong Kong, it opened in its current layout in August 2012. Spring serves as a platform and laboratory for exchange between the vibrant artists and organizations of Hong Kong’s rich cultural landscape and their international counterparts who seek to engage in far-reaching dialogue.