Guest Talk – Michael Leung

In our upcoming colloquium session on March 1st, we will have the founder and creative director of HK Farm Michael Leung come in to present HK Farm’s one-residency at Spring Workshop and the HK FARMers’ Almanac with us. We’ll go to 6rd floor, in the Future Cinema (M6094), and we’ll start at our usual time of 5:00pm.

Date: 1 Mar 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 17:00
Venue: M6094, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

 Brett Steele poster

Abstract:
In September 2014, HK Farm conducted a green takeover of Spring Workshop’s main terrace to kick off a year-long residency. Their extended program included multiple public access points to experimental, community-based urban farming, such as an Autumn Harvest Workshop, planter-building lessons, seed-bombing with student groups, documentation of both the farm and HK’s farming protagonists, a Talk to Your Plant and selfie booth, a winter discussion and finally The HK FARMers’ Almanac (2014 – 2015) created during an intensive three-day embodied knowledge book sprint.

The talk will present HK Farm’s one-residency at Spring Workshop and the HK FARMers’ Almanac, a limited-edition volume-in-a-planter, that is shared among fellow agriculturists and other nurturing souls.

 

About the speaker:
Michael Leung is the founder and creative director of HK Farm. He also runs HK Honey and co-founded a community-focused art and design platform called Shanghai Street Studios in Yau Ma Tei.

Michael’s interest in agriculture started when he was living in London. Visiting food markets on the weekends and cooking Sunday roasts, he slowly developed his interest in food ethics and food origin.

In the Summer of 2011, Michael moved to New York for three months to work at the world’s largest rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange. His experience in New York inspired him to do urban agriculture in a community-based way in Hong Kong’s concrete landscape.

 

HK Farm is an organization of Hong Kong Farmers. Artists & designers founded in March 2012. They communicate the value of rooftop farming & the benefits of locally produced food. They work on our rooftop farm & collaborate with organizations in Hong Kong. We grow local food, curate exhibitions & design products & services relating to urban agriculture.

 

To find out more about the speakers, you can check out their page here.

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