Sandtable 沙盆推演, London Design Biennale 2021

Sandtable 沙盆推演, Hong Kong Pavilion, London Design Biennale 2021
1 – 27th June, Somerset House, London

Responding to London Design Biennale 2021’s theme of Resonance, the Hong Kong Pavilion, Sandtable 沙盆推演 is a digital and physical interactive installation designed to resonate between the physical pavilion in London and the global audience online in real time through double live projections. Captured in sand, visitors’ written strokes will be projected over and put in dialogue with the live feed collected on the digital platform Sandtable.hk.

We invite you to develop stories, dreams, and speculations on the histories and futures of Hong Kong as you encounter the urban legend of Ah Kwan Showing the Way, a fantasy concocted by early British colonialists. This will culminate in an ongoing alternative archive, documenting the multiple, interwoven, non-linear histories of Hong Kong generated by physical and virtual contributors. 

Throughout its history, Hong Kong has been central to global material networks, where resources, objects and ideas have emerged, passed through, been exchanged, or destined. Nevertheless, design as a force for social agency has thus far been peripheral in the discourse of Hong Kong history and cultural values. With the rapid transformation happening in Hong Kong, design has taken on an increasingly critical role for urgent change resonant with today’s global landscape.

As the city’s future and past reach another crossroad, Sandtable 沙盆推演  seeks to disrupt the linearity of Hong Kong’s history through design speculation. Who has controlled the narrative of the city and how might we redistribute ways of knowing? Play a game of Chinese Whispers with the local legend Ah Kwan Showing the Way as a basis, every day we will regenerate the past and tell a ‘fortune’ for our collective future.  

《沙盆推演》邀請你透過香港殖民初期的傳說「阿群帶路圖」,共同編寫有關香港過去與未來的故事和想像。結合實體與網上觀眾的參與,展館記錄了⾹港多元交織、⾮線性的歷史,並透過群體的相互共鳴持續形成一個另類資料庫。 

⾃古以來,⾹港⼀直是物質網絡的樞紐,無數資源、物件和意念在此產⽣、流動、交易或者存留。然而,在歷史與文化價值的論述中,設計作為推動香港社會的力量,一直只是流於形式的泛泛之談。隨著香港的急速變化,設計在應對當今全球形勢的變革浪潮中,扮演著越來越重要的角色。

隨著這個城市的過去與未來臨到另一個十字路口,《沙盆推演》試圖通過推測式設計來切入香港線性的歷史。誰控制了這城市的話語權?我們又能夠如何再分配認知這城市的方式?請加入這場「以訛傳訛」的遊戲,從「阿群帶路圖」的傳說出發,每天把歷史改寫,再⽣成⼀本記載我們共同命運的未來之書。