let us connect with life through art
Are you happy?
There is an invisible pressure everywhere in a city. Most of us are either overworked or forced to accept the mainstream values. Perhaps we have been brainwashed by fear and become a slave to money. Does this resonate with your heart? Do you long to live a different lifestyle outside of the current system of the society?
If the answer is yes, then perhaps you are a starseed. We would like to invite you to join us in cultivating a nourishing phenomenon for all of us who have such feelings. Art and nature have the power to heal. We will together engage in a cycle of creative actions such as exhibitions, performances, art workshops, and healing sessions to nurture our heart and soul.
As a nomadic artist and director of this project, I feel called to develop a series of happenings and invite creative beings to get involved. For the past decade, my life has evolved into a work of art. How far can I create my life the way my heart yearns for? The answer is that I continue to feel very much alive and to trust life as an intuitive experiment even after all these years.
Thus, once again, I invite you to listen to the inner voice of your heart. What is the longing of your soul? Would you consider to back us, participate, and find out more about yourselves through this project? The amount of fund we raise will determine the scale of the events and how much we can support the time and efforts of the team, which consists of local and oversea individuals.
The initial stage of the proposed event is carried out in Hong Kong. We propose in our second stage an exchange with Taiwan through performances held in Taipei and Kaohsiung. The funds raised are prioritised to support the happenings in Hong Kong and excess funding would support our Taiwan tour or other parts of the world. (Please refer to the Budget section below for more details.)
|Painting Exhibition by Winston Lau||5-13/5||11am-8pm||L0 Gallery, JCCAC
30 Pak Tin Street
Shek Kip Mei
|Initiation performance||4/5 Sat||6pm|
|Artist Talk: Becoming the Artist of
|Open Jam||12/5 Sun||5pm|
|Starseeds & Earthlings performance||11/5 Sat||7:30pm|
|Grounding the Body||1/5 Wed||7:30-9:30pm||L5-16 W Studio, JCCAC
30 Pak Tin Street
Shek Kip Mei
|Magic of the Hands – Healing Circle||7/5 Tue|
|Free Body Free Movement||24/4 Wed|
|Connect with Your Inner Child
Healing with Art
|Journey to the Heart - Abstract Art||26/4 Fri|
|Healing Journey with Nature||11am-5pm||Outdoor (TBC)|
|Healing with Art One on One session||by
|2 hours||HK (now -10/5)
|Connect with the Cosmo - Personal
(consultation + actual ritual + debriefing)
For more informaiton about the workshops and sessions, please go to Updates or contact us at [email protected] or 6596 7136. If you want to participate but have financial concerns, please also contact us to exchange in some other ways.
About Starseeds and Earthlings:
This project is inspired by life and the connection among starseeds, earthlings, and Mother Gaia.
Starseeds are individuals who feel excitement and longing upon learning that they might have originated from another world. They experience the aloneness and separateness that is the human condition, but also have the sense of being foreigners on this planet. They find the behavior and motives of our society puzzling and illogical. (www.paoweb.com/starwhat.htm)
Earthlings are inhabitants of the planet Earth. Since we all inhabit the earth, we are all considered earthlings. There is no sexism, racism, or speciesism in the term 'earthling'. It encompasses each and every one of us: warm- or cold-blooded, mammal, vertebrate or invertebrate, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish and human alike. (Earthlings, 2005)
Every culture has their version of the Earth Goddess. The Greeks called her Gaia, while the Incas know her as PachaMama… She is the first goddess, the primeval one, the creator of all life and the fullness of her legacy is still being resurrected after patriarchal suppression.
To the Greeks, Gaia was the ultimate goddess of raw, maternal power. In the beginning, there was chaos, nebulous ethers waiting to take form. This primordial landscape awaited direction; it’s then that the spirit of Gaia arrived to give structure to the formless and the Earth was conceived. (www.gaia.com/article/meaning-of-gaia)
We would like to curate this project with as little carbon footprints as possible. Therefore, we will mostly use waste and reused resources for both exhibition and performance. All promotional banners and posters will be hand-painted on used materials, and postcard will be printed by soy ink on recycled papers.
|Budget in Hong Kong||Note||HK$|
|Cost for logistics for oversea artists||4||16,000|
|Platform administrative fees||5||6,000|
|Budget in Taiwan|
|Cost for logistics for Hong Kong artists||4||22,000|
|Platform administrative fees||5||4,500|
1. Costume, props, lighting and sound system used in performances.
2. Venue rental, gallery assistant, technical support in setting up the exhibition, promotion and other miscellaneous items.
3. The creative work of 6 artists for the exhibition, performances and workshops.
4. The transportation, accommodation and allowances for artists who are not local to where the happening takes place.
5. Fringebacker and bank administrative and processing fees.
|Privileged to have a team with diverse background, talents, and experience to nurture this project together, we believe our cultural differences and exchanges will encourage the flow of creativity and intuition as the journey unfolds.|
|We regard this project as an initiative to exchange with Taiwanese artists considering our physical and cultural proximity. In selecting our collaborators, we took into account our past collaboration experience and types of works of the artists|
|- Project Director|
|A freelance artist who loves to explore the possibility of art and enjoy its chemistry with life. Deeply rooted in Mother Earth, Winston uses his art as a platform to journey into the inner world as well as connect with other dimensions. His interdisciplinary work overlaps painting, installation, and performance. Graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2003, he participated in numerous art exhibitions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Barcelona, Poland, and the US.|
|Pak Hong Lau|
|- Assistant Project Director|
|A freelance dance artist who graduated from the Cologne University of Music and Dance. He is interested in exploring the possibility and functionality of the body as well as movements. Hong engages in different performing art forms including dancing, acting and singing through his own works and collaboration with different parties such as choreographers Michele Murray, theatre company AFTEC and opera company Kammeroper Koeln. Hong is an accountant, a POLESTAR® Pilates certified trainer for mattress and he holds a bachelor and master degree in Physics.|
|A street ethnic music group which performs music with didgeridoo, cajon, jaw harp, etc. The name Coelacanth is inspired by an ancient order of fish with the same name. According to Theory of Evolution, coelacanth is the first species that landed and evolved into reptiles and Amphibians. The coelacanth was once known only from its fossils and so was thought to have gone extinct at least 65 million years ago, until a recently-dead specimen was discovered by South African fishermen in 1938.|
|The nature of Coelacanth and the fish is similar. The ethnic music they love is considered obscure and absent, but in reality there are still some people performing it. Coelacanth hopes that their music can drive evolution as the coelacanth fish did, bringing true happiness from within.|
|Yi Chun Chen|
|Born in Kaohsiung, Yi Chun graduated from the Department of Dance in National Taiwan University of Art. She likes to explore the value of body existence in theatre, stage, and environment through cross-disciplinary artistic presentation, dance, performance art, and improvisation. After returning to Kaohsiung and setting up Wanderoots with musican, Da Kung in 2015, she continues to experience, experiment and perform with the flow. They want to cultivate a nurturing ground for carefree lifestyle and independent creation. In the recent years, she has been using dance improvisation to dialogue with cross-discipline and site. While practicing awareness and choice on a regular basis, she learns to create and emerge through uncertainty.|
|“Dancing has always been an important way for me to explore the world. Body is the best medium. Learn to return to myself, truly live, and closely connected with the land. Life is like a river. It leads me to where I need to go. All I have to do is to free my body.”|
|Being a professional Taiwanese Didgeridoo performer and organizer of Didgeridoo Taiwan, Da Kung is a musician who is good at multi-ethnic instruments and pop instruments. In the recent years, he has devoted himself in creating world music and theatre music. He founded Wanderoots in Kaohsiung to share and promote more world music and environment friendly lifestyles.|
For enquiry about this project, contact us at: [email protected] / 6596 7136
Your Story x Winston's Original Drawing
Drop by and share a story of yours in person during the exhibition period or send it to [email protected] anytime; I will feel you and create a drawing for you in response.
All drawings can be picked up at the exhibiton from 4-13/5. Please write down your address at the space below for oversea delivery.
Starseeds & Earthlings
Sound and Movement Performance by 6 artists
A. 11/5 Sat 7:30pm
B. 12/5 Sun 3pm
Please indicate which show you would like to experience in the Comments box under Backer's details.
- Grounding the Body (1/5 Wed)
- Magic of the Hands – Healing Circle (7/5 Tue)
- Free Body Free Movement (24/4 Wed)
- Connect with Your Inner Child through Art- Class A (19/4 Fri)
- Inner Child - Class B (25/4 Thu)
- Journey to the Heart - Abstract Art (26/4 Fri)
Class size: 12 people each
Please indicate which workshop you would like to sign up in the Comments box under Backer's details
Healing Journey with Nature
Location: Outdoor in HK (details to be announced)
Group size: 12 each
Please indicate which journey you would like to experience in the Comments box under Backer's details.
Healing with Art One on One session
Time: 2 hours
Location: Hong Kong (now -10/5)/ Taiwan (16-27/5)/ Europe (1/6-30/8)
Please indicate your preferred dates & time for a session in the Comments box under Backer's details, and we will confirm the appointment with you later. For enquiry about the itinerary and location outside of Hong Kong, please contact us at [email protected].
Connect with the Cosmo - Personal Ritual
Time: 3 hours (consultation + actual ritual + debriefing)
Location: Hong Kong (now -10/5)/ Taiwan (16-27/5)/ Europe (1/6-30/8)
Please indicate your preferred dates & time for a ritual in the Comments box under Backer's details, and we will confirm the appointment with you later. For enquiry about the itinerary and location outside of Hong Kong, please contact us at [email protected].
Contribute any amount
- We welcome any pledge amount. Thank you for supporting the project without any rewards.