CCHU9023 “Shaping the Landscape” is a Common Core Course at the University of Hong Kong. Each year, undergraduate students who take part in the course explore human’s changing relationships with nature through collaborative and site-specific art. In the process, student artists are fully immersed in the histories and context of site in order to conceive works of art that arise from this immersion. The series of artwork will capture the phenomenological qualities of the site, picking up from local materiality, colour and textures, light and wind, and site histories.
In the past two years, Shaping the Landscape has worked and exhibited in Pokfulam and Lei Yue Mun. This year, our students will work at the deserted Hakka village of Lung A Pai in Tai Po. The theme of this year’s workshop will be that of the relationships between, firstly, nature and settlement, and secondly, landscape and art. The students will use the process of art to explore the notion of landscape and community in the context of Hong Kong’s New Territories.