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城市創作實驗室
Hong Kong Urban Laboratory

二十一世紀之始,全球有超過一半人居住在城市世界,論者指本世紀將是都市化的世紀。新的都市形態與伴隨而來的文化與想像,啟發了新一波的跨學科城市研究。超越傳統社會科學研究,新的城市研究視美學與藝術為知識生產的重要領域,將啟發大眾想像力與繁衍更多樣的空間實踐視作不可或缺的任務。

香港城市研究室由梁啟智博士、歐陽檉博士、馬傑偉博士及黃宇軒於 2009年成立,回應的正是此文化境遇,並透過集體策展、創作與評論,將城市重塑為知識傳遞的機器(machine for pedagogy),及空間實踐的實驗場域,致力連結本土的學院城市研究者、文化評論人與藝術家,以開啟都會空間潛藏的啟發性。

組織從2009年到2011年專注於學術推廣,曾辦「都市研究研討會」、協辦數屆「香港文化及社會研討會」與數次考察。從2012年起,轉型為跨學科當代藝術團體,並於2014年更名為「城市創作實驗室」,以接合學術上的都市研究和當代藝術實踐為旨,專注於研究主導的創作及策展工作。香港城市實驗室/城市創作實驗室曾策劃多個參與式藝術項目、講座及展覽,包括啟德濱地圖考(2012)、九玩自由野(2013)、非原居生活(2014),亦參與了第四及第五屆香港深圳城市建築雙城雙年展(2012、2014)。組織現有約二十名成員,包括城市研究者、年輕藝術家、藝術行政人員等等。

With more than half of the world's population living in urban area, the 21st century is named by urbanists "the century of urbanization". New city morphologies, together with new cultures and imaginations, have inspired a new tide of transdisciplinary urban studies. Moving beyond the traditional realm of social studies, the new urban studies sees art as important space for knowledge production, and sets the widening of public imagination and development of diverse spatial practices as the top agenda.

Hong Kong Urban Laboratory was founded in 2009 by Dr Leung Kai Chi, Dr Auyeung Shing, Dr Ma Kit Wai and Sampson Wong Yu Hin in response to this cultural opportunity. Through collective curation, creative practice and criticism, it tries to shape the city into a 'machine for pedagogy' and a testing ground for spatial practice. It also seeks to release the potention inspirations of urban space by creating dialogues between local urbanists, cultural critics and artists.

Originally established as an academic association, between 2009 to 2011, Hong Kong Urban Laboratory focused on academic activites and organized/co-organized the Seminar on Urban Studies, several editions of Hong Kong Culture and Society Seminar and a number of study trips. In 2012, the group transformed into an cross-disciplinary contemporary art organisation with the aim of bridging academic urban studies and contemporary art practices, and a focus on research-based art/curatorial practice. Since then, the group had initiated or participated a number of participatory art projects, talks and exhibitions, including Mapping Kai Tai Bund (2012), Hacking Freespace (2013), Non-indigenous Lives (2014) and Affordable Art Basel (2014). They had also participated in the 4th and 5th Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2012 & 2014) and other exhibitions.

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