Starseeds & Earthlings

Project by : Winston Lau

10%

funded

US$1,563

raised of US$15,384 fixed goal

54 days

to go

Launched: 5 Mar 2019

Funding ends: 14 May 2019

let us connect with life through art

Project Intention:

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.)

Event schedule:

Activities Dates Time Location
Painting Exhibition by Winston Lau 4-13/5 11am-8pm L0 Gallery, JCCAC
30 Pak Tin Street
Shek Kip Mei
Hong Kong
Initiation performance 4/5 Sat 5pm
Artist Talk: Becoming the Artist of
your Life
5/5 Sun 3:30pm
Open Jam 12/5 Sun 5pm
Starseeds & Earthlings performance  11/5 Sat 7:30pm
12/5 Sun 3pm
17/5 (TBC) 7:30pm Kaohsiung
24/5 (TBC) Taipei
Workshops
Grounding the Body  3/4 Wed  7:30-9:30pm L5-16 W Studio, JCCAC
30 Pak Tin Street
Shek Kip Mei
Hong Kong
Magic of the Hands – Healing Circle  6/4 Sat 
Free Body Free Movement  10/4 Wed 
Connect with Your Inner Child
Healing with Art 
12/4 Fri 
19/4 Fri 
25/4 Thu 
Journey to the Heart - Abstract Art  26/4 Fri 
Healing Journey with Nature  14/4 Sun  11am-5pm Outdoor (TBC)
20/4 Sat
Individual Sessions
Healing with Art One on One session by 
appointment
2 hours HK (now -10/5)
Taiwan (16-27/5)
Europe (1/6-30/8)
Connect with the Cosmo - Personal
itual
(consultation + actual ritual + debriefing)
3 hours

For more informaiton about the workshops and sessions, please go to Updates or contact us at [email protected] or 93335999.

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)

Carbon Emission:

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$
Performance expenditure 1 3,000
Exhibition expenditure 2 15,000
Artist fees 3 30,000
Cost for logistics for oversea artists 4 16,000
Platform administrative fees 5 6,000
Subtotal 70,000
Budget in Taiwan
Performance expenditure 1 5,500
Artist fees 3 18,000
Cost for logistics for Hong Kong artists 4 22,000
Platform administrative fees 5 4,500
Subtotal 50,000
Total 120,000
Note:
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.

The team:
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
Winston Lau
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.
www.winstonlau.info
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.
Coelacanth
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.
www.facebook.com/coelacanth852/
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.”
Da Kung
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.
www.facebook.com/thewanderoots/

For enquiry about this project, contact us at: [email protected] / 9333 5999

Winston Lau
Project by
Winston Lau