Shifting by Knowledge Transfer

Programme creation, co-creation workshop, lecture-performance | 2019
A across-disciplinary creative programme, presented by Tai Kwun Performing Arts Team

An Edible Performance
Programme Creator : Ire Tsui and Lai Sim Fong 
Instructor & Speaker: Peggy Chan

The Edible Performance demonstrates a cross-disciplinary creative knowledge transfer experience, on the topic of plant-based food ecology and culture. Together with chef Peggy Chan, the team creates a unique learning experience, which includes organic farm visit, creative workshop and performance. The collected memories are transformed into five newly-developed dishes and shared among the public.

  1. From workshop to performance, the design of the programme focuses on experiential learning.
  2. Difficult concepts like food waste and over production, are presented in a fun and enjoyable manner
  3. To facilitate cross disciplinary collaboration, design thinking method is used in creative process

SHIFTING by Knowledge Transfer: An Edible Performance
was awarded GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2020 (Category: Awareness improvement for individual and public) ➛ LINK
Japan Institute of Design Promotion

Programme Design: Eddy Zee, Grace Kwok, Phoebe Cheng (The Jockey Club CPS Limited), Lai Sim Fong (Artelier Ltd) and Ire Tsui (Talking Hands Ltd)

Performance Design Direction: Lai Sim Fong (Artelier Ltd) and Ire Tsui (Talking Hands Ltd)

Food Design: Peggy Chan (The New Phase Grassroots Ltd)

Food waste is a huge problem we are facing now, plus the urgency of climatic change. As a cultural institute, it concerns how to promote the awareness of food ecology and environmental protection, through arts and cultural activities. That's the reason to devise this programme, which consists of workshop, farm visit, lecture and performance. The aim is to transfer the knowledge from the experts to the general public in a fun and approaching manners. Experience learning methodology is our focus here, human learns way faster through 5 senses: serious discussion is made through tasting, smelling, touching and sharing of food. The performance is in fact the climax of this programme, where personal memories, social and cultural meanings of dishes are explored and presented.

To transfer the hardcore knowledge of food ecology successfully, the programme is designed in an approachable manner, e.g. colourful key visual. Instead of a series of lecture, accessible events like farm visit and performance are more attractive to families and children. To facilitate the discussion during workshop, design thinking method is applied, where people of diverse background can express their opinions. The performance is the focal point of the whole programme, where 5 dishes were newly designed based on the participants' personal stories. The participant then wrote his/her own monologue to present in the performance. Audience was able to listen to AND taste the stories at the same time. There is an artistic touch of the food design in edible performance.

Programme Creator : Ire Tsui and Lai Sim Fong 
Instructors: Merve Bedir & Marten Kuijpers

It takes years of research and exploration to realise a design or artistic creation. Increasingly today, design research is an inspiration for art. “Automated Landscapes” is a research project by Het Nieuwe Instituut (the Netherlands) on the incursion of automation and artificial intelligence in the built environment. Project researcher Merve Bedir will reveal her unique insights in an experimental performance-lecture “Starting from Research: Automated Landscapes”. They will also lead a group of local artists to visit factories in the Mainland while sharing their research methodologies and thoughts on transferring research outputs to design and art.

SHIFTING by Knowledge Transfer
What is the relationship between culinary art, music, dance, architecture, machinery and contemporary art? As the saying goes, “art comes from life”, so how do we look for inspiration from life? “SHIFTING by Knowledge Transfer” invites artists and professionals from various fields to look into the past, foresee the future and reflect on the present. Through a series of interactive workshops, lectures and showcases, they will share their experiences of transforming knowledge into art, opening up new spectrums of artistic creation to enrich people’s life and imagination.