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ART & CULTURE

The Closing Chapter with Patsy & Clarissa

Our biennial art programme Encounters Across Culture 2021 has finally come to an end with interactive installations on show at our Houses since this summer. Now reaching a close after over two years of remote collaboration amid a global pandemic, Curator and Producer Patsy Lo and The House Collective’s Art Programme Lead Clarissa Tam reflect upon their journey creating across borders, across dance and architecture. 
 

 

Use 3 words to describe your feelings after launching the art programme in the four Houses

Clarissa:

Can I use emojis? I’ll choose heart-eyes – for the open-hearted team that Patsy has brought together, rainbow – for connecting across physical distance, and clasped hands of gratitude – for being able to witness people’s real reactions to the project, relating to that hope for connection despite being different and despite being apart.

 

Patsy:

ONE - To bringing people together through a common vision and shared passion while refusing to bow down to circumstantial challenges.  


BOUNDARYLESS – Just as dance is often about moving in spaces without the concept of boundaries, the cross-cultural,  eclectic architectural design of the Houses also crosses barriers. Throughout this programme, we saw the breakdown of limitations, both physically and psychologically. 


EVOLUTION – The meaning and vision of Encounters Across Cultures continued to evolve over Chapters 1 and 2. Personally, I look forward to seeing how this experience might have affected the various participating artists. 

 

 

What is the biggest challenge you faced?

Clarissa:

Much of the biggest challenges have been heroically tackled by Patsy! From my side I would say working remotely with the different team members and juggling the shifting working timeline towards presenting the installations at each House, all as Covid still continues to require our vigilance. 

Patsy:

Seems like any challenges have become just a memory - in retrospect.  As looking at the work itself, all so-called hardships become less “impactful”. So I would say, there weren’t any.  Only bumps. 

 

 

What are your most memorable moments during the past 6 months?

Clarissa:

The project started in Shanghai and Beijing but I haven’t been able to travel at all to work with the team in person or to see the actualised installations at the Houses. So for me – it was when I could finally be with Patsy and the Hong Kong-based creators together at The Upper House which was the most remarkable and even surreal for me.

 

Patsy:

To discover friendships and connections that would not have been possible if this opportunity from The House Collective didn’t exist.  To experience the reactions of the audiences.  To know that the work has touched people in ways that they didn’t expect. 

 

 

How would you see Encounters Across Cultures in 2 years?

Clarissa:

Connecting across cultures and geographies is particularly critical for facing the environmental questions of today. I hope to work with artists and creators of different disciplines to collaborate and shine new light on this topic, and most importantly of all, inspire individuals to take that perspective back to the way they lead their daily life.

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