"I was storing my work, small pieces and objects and stuff in shoeboxes and you know, recycling a shoebox to store things is very common thing, I guess. So when I was invited in the 1993 Venice Biennale, you have a kind of booth, or a kind of small space in a very long corridor, which is divided into small spaces for all the artists to show theirs. Very long one, it feels very impersonal. So this shoebox, it was representing the space that was shown, I think it was space into space into space. The title is empty shoebox. It therefore makes it very mysterious I think. And also the size is a very small thing, very fragile object. I think all the qualities express many things I am interested in relation with sculpture. A few hours before the opening, I was checking my space and I couldn’t find the shoebox. So they took it out thinking it was trash. So I went out, went to the dumpster and it was right there and in the end, and I took it back and put it in again…"
A game of football organized by the migrant workers using an empty field waiting for development. The goalposts were made by improvising with 2 sticks and a piece of string stretched across.
The hillside informal shrine in So Uk Estate is connected to a larger network of elderly walkers and informal social spaces. The shrine is situated along a path that winds up the hillside, which is a favorite spot for the mostly elderly residents and housewives to engage in their morning walks and exercises. The shrine is often a stop over for the residents. They would offer incense or a simple prayer at the shrine on their way up or down the hill during their morning exercise routines. Besides exercising, the residents have also undertaken small, self-initiated actions along the various exercising spots; such as plant caring, building of small concrete steps to link disconnected parts of the hillside and allow a safer walk up the hill, introducing resting spots, setting up support facilities for the morning exercises, and repairing broken planters. Water for the plants is collected from the natural run-offs from the hill in small pails and buckets. The So Uk Estate shrine and the adjacent exercising spots are excellent examples of bottom-up initiatives in place-making. It makes a strong case for allowing urban dwellers to take control and have the opportunity to shape their immediate spaces in the city rather than top-down initiatives that often miss the point and cost much more than they should.
A young artist occupied an overhead pedestrian bridge in Bangkok for sketching and sale of his art pieces. He located himself at the junction between the bridge and the stairs to maximize his exposure to potential customers.
Residents of Wing Lee Street used the end wall of their vacated apartment to raise issues about their relocation.
A floral shop owner resourcefully borrowed the neighboring steel scaffolding to extend the display of plants. The presence of potted plants also helped to relieve the harshness of the streetscape.
A group of couriers in Hong Kong temporarily taking over part of an empty street to unload, sort and deliver the parcels. The trees along the sidewalk are used as markers for the parcels grouped according to the buildings they are to be delivered. The process is well orchestrated and everyone seems to know the drill. Once the parcels are delivered, the empty street is returned to its original state, without a trace of what has happened.