Hactivate Yourself!

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23 March 2019 – 19 May 2019, 1a space, Hong Kong

1a space proudly presents “Hactivate Yourself!”, a contemporary art exhibition and public project curated by Tuçe Erel, the 1a space’s Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019 recipient. “Hactivate Yourself!” features Istanbul-based contemporary artist duo AslieMk, Berlin-based Korhan Erel, Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk, Bochum-based Julia Nitschke, and Hong Kong-based artist Vvzela Kook. Hactivate Yourself is the selected project of 1a spcae’s “Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019”.

“Hactivate Yourself!” is a project that concept is driven by transhumanism and posthumanism themes. The exhibition will explore artistic positions about hacking culture, biohacking, biopolitics, critique of daily usage of internet through performance, performative installations, videos, sound and site specific installations. The exhibition will ask these questions: How can we hack our ideas? How can we look outside the box? It is important to understand that hacking in the smaller scale could change a lot in our daily life. How can we hack the system for the sake of better life? The popular culture and so many sponsored videos in the social media are promoting about healthy, quality, and active life. How about hactivating our lives!

Hactivate Yourself!

Opening Reception: 23 March 2019, 3pm

Exhibition Period: 23 March 2019 – 19 May 2019

Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

Venue: 1a space

Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Public program

Public program of “Hactivate Yourself!” exhibition will have curatorial tour, a discussion session with invited academics from Hong Kong. The public program will finish with free improvisation audio-visual performance of Vvzela Kook and Korhan Erel, who are separately presenting their works in the exhibition.

  1. Curatorial Guided Tour

Mar. 28, 11am to 12pm & 5pm to 6 pm.

Mar. 29, 11am to 12pm & 5pm to 6 pm.

Mar. 30, 4pm to 4.45pm

  1. Discussion

Mar. 30, 5pm to 6.30pm

Theme: Discussion on Biopolitics and Art: Hacking the Body

Speakers (in no particular order):

– Göksu Kunak (Performance Artist, Researcher)

– Julia Nitschke (Performance Artist, Researcher)

– Dr. Denise Tse-Shang Tang (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies,

Lingnan University)

– Dr. Sonia Wong (Founder of Reel Women Hong Kong and Part-time Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  1. Audio-visual Performance

Mar. 30, 7pm to 7.30pm

Performance Artists: Vvzela Kook & Korhan Erel