Wyng Essays

2016-Jun-21

Mexican artist collective TRES, winner of the 2014/15 WMA Commission, will make their debut in Hong Kong with a mixed-media exhibition titled “Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition” at Connecting Space, North Point from July 2 to 11.

The exhibition echoes the theme, WASTE, of the third WMA Commission. “Ubiquitous Trash” is a process of continual scavenging that depicts the social life of the strange abandoned objects we call trash. Starting with incessant walks and obsessive scavenging in Hong Kong,” says TRES in their artist statement.

TRES has explored the signs and marks imprinted on trash collected from public spaces and from official waste sites. This scavenging activity, typical of the collective, was first transformed into a book, where the intertwining of public space and trash became the place where a multiplicity of relationships where explored, making clear the sociopolitical from an artistic perspective.

They continue: “This exhibition is therefore a third iteration of the process, and as such it has varied the intensity found in the book. TRES presents a journey through the tension between the macro and the micro-details that emerge while translating trash into a photographic image or drawing. In each piece of refuse a gesture is left that allows us to gain insight into human culture. Trash tells us who we are, but it also reveals what we decide to leave aside, out of sight.”

Ubiquitous Trash is an extension of the artist collective’s continuous voyage, which starts from Mexico to Manchester and now Hong Kong, to explore the implications between public space and trash. TRES were recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, and will be developing the second phase of their project Ubiquitous Trash, expanding to Western Australian beaches.

In 2015, their proposal was handpicked by three-member selection panel, (Fung Ho Yin, Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Dr. Charles Merewether, Visiting Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore and member of Commissioning Panel for Venice Biennale Singapore Pavilion 2015; and Dr. Anthony Ng trustee of the WYNG Foundation), from over 70 submissions from around the globe to win the 2014/15 WMA Commission. TRES then spent close to a month in Hong Kong last July for their research and scavenging which eventually culminated in a series of artistic creations that form the “Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition” exhibition.

At Connecting Space, the waste narrative will unfold in forms of photography, drawing and objects. The creative process of TRES often involves dialogue with multiple disciplines including science, anthropology, archaeology and more.

TRES has a fixation on the issue as they believe trash helps enhance our understanding of the contemporary society because “its informational character, its capacity to store material, economic and symbolic information can be used to elaborate individual or collective portraits of our society”.

Their book, Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition in Chinese and English about the Hong Kong city landscape will also be presented at the exhibition.

Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition Details:
Date: July 2-11, 2016
Venue: Connecting Space, G/F Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point
Time: Monday-Friday 12pm – 7pm (Daily)

Artist Talk – Interdisciplinarity as an art practice. Intertwining public space and garbage
Date: July 6, 2016
Venue: Para Site (22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay)
Time: 6:30pm

The production of most contemporary art is based on complex methodologies. For TRES, collective work, dialogue, displacement and translation are key elements in building an art project. As to explain each of these strategies used, we will address the artwork we have produced during the last seven years, where the main concern has been garbage in a material and conceptual sense.

Roving Exhibition
Date: July 21 – September 10, 2016
Venue: Puerta Roja (1/F soho 189 art lane, 189 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan)
Date: Sept 12 – October 28, 2016
Venue: Octavio Paz Gallery Consulate General of Mexico (2502 Caroline Centre, 28 Yun Ping Road, Wan Chai)

The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest aims to help local fourth and fifth-form students develop a greater awareness towards social issues by encouraging them to submit short essays based on the themed works of WMA award winners and finalists. These works serve as a springboard for young writers to develop a greater awareness towards social issues tied to the cycle’s given theme.

Another objective of the contest, now in its fifth cycle, is to give Hong Kong students the opportunity to visit the University of Cambridge and apply for admission there: writers of the winning entries will be invited to a weeklong, all-expenses paid trip to the UK, which includes a tour of the University of Cambridge, as well as a visit to London.

With these objectives in mind, the WYNG Foundation has also been organising for the contest’s finalists talks by representatives of the University of Cambridge alongside Friends of Cambridge Hong Kong, and the other organisers of the contest: Trinity Hall, the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, and the Philomathia Foundation.

The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2017/18

Theme: Mobility


Submissions to the 2017/18 WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest will start in January 2018.

  1. Organisers

The WYNG Foundation

Philomathia Foundation

Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge

Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters

  1. How to Enter

This contest is open to all fourth and fifth formers from local secondary schools. Students are strongly encouraged to explore different formats, approaches and angles in their take on the theme—entries will be judged on their overall merit, including originality, creativity, relevance and use of language.

a) Pick a photo, or a series of photos, by either the winner or the finalists of the WMA Masters 2016 (http://masters.wma.hk/winner-finalists/?aid=92) and write an essay in no more than 1,000 English words on the theme, “Mobility”.

b) Submit your essay in .docx/.doc format to [email protected] and include all of the following details:

i) The title (if applicable) of every photo chosen and the name of the series from which they are taken;

ii) The name of the photographer;

iii) Link(s) to the selected photo(s);

iv) Your full name (write your surname in uppercase, followed by your given name, e.g. CHAN Tai-man, or WONG Christine);

v) The name of your school;

vi) Your class;

vii) Your email address; and 

viii) Your contact number.

The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (Hong Kong time) on 18 March 2018.

  1. The Prize

A one-week, all-expenses paid trip to the UK, which includes a tour of the University of Cambridge (likely during its open days in early July), as well as a visit to London, accompanied by two adult representatives from either the WYNG Foundation, the Philomathia Foundation, or the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters.

Flights, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be provided.

  1. Terms and Conditions

    a) The essay must be written in English, in no more than 1,000 words, and related to a photo/photo series of the student’s choice.

    b) Each student should submit only one essay. Double or multiple entries will result in disqualification.

    c) Each entry should include all the details listed in 3b. Missing details will result in disqualification.

    d) The essay must be original and written by the student who submitted it. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and will lead to instant disqualification.

    e) The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (Hong Kong time), 18 March 2018 (Sunday). Late submissions will not be entertained.

    f) Writers of the winning entries should avail themselves of a one-week overseas trip to the United Kingdom during late June to early July 2018. After the end of the programme, participants of the trip will be asked to submit a compilation of their reflections on their journeys.

    g) Writers of the winning entries will share their experiences at Cambridge and the UK through storytelling. Presentations will be recorded for future reference.

    h) The organisers reserve the right to accept individual submissions and to select winners.

  1. Enquiries

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

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