Art Responds to 14 QKs – many people show

Nadim ABBAS, APART.hk (Joe.C and Daniel CHAU), C&G, KY CHAN, 陳啟賢, CHEUNG Tit Leung, Luke CHING, 程展緯, Ger CHOI, 蔡芷筠, Cornelia ERDMANN, Helen GRACE, Frog King, 蛙王, Christopher LAU, 劉柏基, LAM Laam Jaffa, 林嵐, Michael LEE, 李俊峰, LEE Chun Fung, Roy Lee, Lee Kit, 梁寶山, Tim Li, LEUNG Chi Wo, 呂振亮, LEUNG Po Shan, 文晶瑩, Tim L, 費安尼思, 鮑藹倫, 淡水, 陳玉瓊, 曾德平, 黃慧妍, 黃照達, 黃頌恩, MCYan, 楊嘉輝, 袁卓華, 丸仔

Nov 17 – Nov 24, 2007

Public participation:

If you have or have made a tee with prints that you find is a form of cultural expression, please wear them to the opening of the exhibition on Nov 17 or bring them to be exhibited. (Please kindly come back on Nov 24 to collect it)

About the exhibition:

“QK” ( qiao qi 蹺蹊 ) is an adjective in Chinese that has been colloquialized to mean something weird or unreasoning. Art finds the recent G.O. D. incident utterly QK. It decides to present itself as an organized/ disorganized, directional/ non-directional exhibition to multi-channelize the one-sidedly infernal affairs. There are at least 14 QKs at work:

• What is the core problem for culture? Who decides what is or is not a problem?
• Does exercising authority solve problems?
• How are the limits of “Security” and “Purification” to be drawn?
• What is a “taboo”? Who decides? Why? What are its histories?
• When does taboo become a tool that controls cultural expression?
• Can creative practices be evaluated with a certain standard? Are there good and bad creative practices?
• How is this standard defined? How is the good and bad articulated?
• What are the cultural meanings of humor?
• What does cultural expression mean in a commercialism-driven society?
• What more can mass produced creativity and products mean other than profit making tools for corporations?
• Who draws the line for cultural expression and cultural control?
• Does the appropriation of cultural symbols require control?
• Must the goal of social order be attained at the expense of cultural expression?
• What kind of a cultural life are we living?

Art responds to the 14 QKs by affirming the importance of discussing them in specific contexts and revealing the complexity that governs these questions. The aim is not to liquidate or becloud black and white. Rather, in face of the already beclouded black and white, art looks for colors that are deeper and sediment in cultures and histories.