Hong Kong Underground Arts Collective

Just trying to take the first steps to bringing more art into vi...ew of the public eye of Hong Kong. I hope this can be a place for the discussion amongst peers to organize events, happenings, or whatever, with the goal of bringing community together to share things we are passionate about.

Some aims that I'm brainstorming are: 1) Talking to the right authorities (Swire, HK Gov, Polic Dept, MTR . . . anyone that holds sway over public space) to investigate existing boundaries about sharing art in public. 2) Creating proposals to existing institutions to create spaces to share art in public (i.e. street dancing, tricking, flow arts, live music). 3) most IMPORTANTLY sharing the love for art in all forms with each other!

Some Principles of this Group:

We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.