ZHdK Connecting Spaces

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Venue Organising Institution(s):

  • Zurich University of the Arts

Venue Function(s):

    Exhibition(s) and Exhibition(s)


Venue Location:

North Point, Hong Kong SAR China


Connecting Spaces Hong Kong-Zurich is a young transdisciplinary arts space initiated by the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), operated by Bootes Ltd. Launched in 2014 and in operation until 2018, the two experimental art lab of Connecting Spaces – in Zurich and Hong Kong respectively – have dedicated in the exploration of the perspectives and opportunities for mutual exchange between Europe and Asia on the level of concrete cultural practices, at the same time considering the future of arts universities in the globalized twenty-first century.

With the thought to enhance excellence to arts education for training artists and further education for professional artists, Connecting Space is a creative laboratory that bridges across cultural diversity as well as artistic formats. Recognising Hong Kong’s special cultural background, Connecting Space makes the city its base to seek both internal and outward dialogues that link academia and professional, theory and practice.

Emphasizing firmly on the tri-factor of collaboration, research and education, Connecting Space is a melting pot where research is applied, theories are tested, teaching is taken outside of the classroom, skills are honed, and practice is perfected. At Connecting Space, we welcome stable cooperation and at firmly established curricular elements with distinct thematic focuses.

Director/Curator's Statement:

For this location, a special form of cooperation has been planned. The artists-in-labs program of the Zurich University of the Arts promotes collaborations between artists and scientists of all disciplines and will focus on perception, art, science, and sensory systems. The collaboration between the three artists from Switzerland chosen by Irène Hediger and the three artworks juried by ISEA will function as a sort of laboratory for the exchange of practices, strategies, and situated knowledge to be found among the artists of the exhibition and visitors to ISEA. Connecting Spaces will host these intercultural and trans-disciplinary encounters focusing around creative production and methodologies that cross borders to connect art and science.