Established in 2015, MILL6 Foundation is a non-profit, fund-seeking arts and cultural institution and a charity in Hong Kong committed to the preservation of the essence of local culture and heritage, conserving the valued stories of the textile industry, and driving a continuous dialogue between Hong Kong and international creators.
MILL6 has been focused on growing their permanent collection that targets textile arts and culture, while simultaneously curating a series of pre-opening programs consisting of: Exhibition, Community Engagement, Learning, Heritage, Artist-in-Residence and Public Art. MILL6 aims to “foster independent creative practice, as well as to explore new meanings and experience of textile arts and ‘techstyle’ innovation with local communities.”
Their exhibitions and activities provide a way for local communities to ‘look out’ to the outside world, and a way for international creatives to ‘look in’ to Hong Kong. One of their previous projects was with Vhils (Alexander Farto), entitled ‘Scratching the Surface’, that involved the direct drilling and carving of monolithic portraits on the original cotton mill walls of The Mills in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. The portraits were based on his own research into the historic heritage site, which played a critical role in the expansion of the local textiles industry of the 1970s and 80s.
Additionally, MILL6 conducts an Artist-in-Residence programme, sponsoring artists from all over the world to go to Hong Kong to engage with the local environment for 2 to 3 months, serving as an artistic laboratory and platform for exchange between the textile industries, the art world and the wider public. They have just engaged Japanese artist Yukihiro Taguchi who is known for using his body to intervene in the landscape and his use of objects and people in the street to achieve unpredictable encounters.
This spring, MILL6 Foundation presents ‘Line of Times’, a group exhibition featuring the work of Hong Kong artist Morgan Wong, Yin-Ju Chen from Taiwan, and Brooklyn-based artist duo Aziz + Cucher (Antony Aziz and Sammy Cucher). The exhibition intends to weave together both macro and micro perspectives of viewing the concept of time, which reflects the multi-dimensional nature of contemporary society. According to Mizuki Takahashi, Senior Curator of MILL6 Foundation, ‘Line of Times’ is the exploration of “the abstract concept of time via a diverse range of discursive themes. The multi-disciplinary artworks exhibited resonate with the fluidity of interpreting the subject, a universal yet subjective experience, with immeasurable impact on human existence, shared knowledge and evolutional civilization.”
This will be Aziz + Cucher’s debut exhibition in Hong Kong and showcase four large tapestries woven intricately on a digital loom. These tapestries bring together past, present and future using composition and tradition of Renaissance masterpieces, subverting them into digital formulations comprised of detailed pixel patterns and evocative narrative gestures to create the final work.
On the other hand, Taiwanese artist Yin-Ju Chen presents Extrastellar Evalution II – A Dialogue Concerning Two Chief World System, a large-scale audio-visual installation inspired by the historical argument between geocentricism (i.e. the representation of the earth as centre) and heliocentrism (the representation of the sun as centre) through her artistic chart that frequently forms circular paths that are symbolic of non-linear time, encouraging viewers to contemplate the uncertainty of human fate.
Finally, Morgan Wong’s Time Needle Series is based on a prominent ancient Chinese allegory ‘Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle is Made’, in which a steel bar of the same height and weight as Wong is to be ground into a needle over the course of his lifetime. Time is represented in a variety of mediums: the metal powder of his daily ritual presented in glass tubes, as well as through the performance of the act and the videographic and photographic records.
‘Line of Times’ runs from 11th March till 2nd April 2017 at the MILL6 Foundation Pop-Up Space, The Annex – 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan. In addition to the exhibition, there will be an artist talk on 24th March 2017, moderated by Mizuki Takahashi. On 25th March Yin-Ju Chen will also conduct a Tarot Card Reading Workshop. RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about MILL6 Foundation, click here.
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