Stay, create and present in th heart of Tokyo
Lee Chun Fung
Residence Period: 2011.01.30-2011.03.03
In Hong Kong Fung is highly involved in socially driven arts practice, and is engaged in a series of movements against the redevelopment of the region at the expense of local history and culture. In Tokyo he pursued an investigation into similar matters which are also equally prevalent and took as an example the plans of several major road construction projects which will destroy local areas and have a significant impact on the historic waterway Tamaga Josui. Interviewing activists and locals who wish to protect the neighbourhood, Fung developed his own unique response to the issue. Firstly in a workshop he joined with local children to create a series of battleships, made of PET bottles, as symbols of the fight for protection of the waterway and its surrounding community, and took the participants on a parade around Akihabara, led by a giant ship of polystyrene boxes. He went on to take this ship to the very source of the waterway, Hamura, in the far West of Tokyo where he carried out a performance in the water itself. Video and photographic documents of these activities were exhibited along with an interview with one senior activist who stands each day at the site of planned construction in protest.
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In this special artist in residency program 3331 entered into collaboration with a number of art centres and organizations across the Asia-Pacific to offer support for young artists and nurture professional development in the arts. 9 artists recommend by these arts organizations throughout Japan and the Asia-pacific came together at 3331 for 1 month, engaging in the local neighbourhood while producing new work. Through the many people and events they encountered, the discoveries and inspiration they were met with they developed their work, which was then finally presented in an exhibition in 3331's main gallery.