Instant Culture: Time/Site/Agency

Friday 29 March, 2013
7 - 9pm, $0

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street

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China’s rapid transformation has produced a culture of the “instant,” where desires, market forces, global-local exchanges, technologies, and a need for immediate gratification dominate our cultural landscape and social behaviors. 

Does cultural production need a site? Can culture be made overnight? Who manufactures a city’s culture?

On the occasion of the continuing inquiry and launch of INSTANT CULTURE: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process, a book by artist/architects Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu of ESKYIU, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents "Reading Images: Time/Site/Agency" an event that brings scholars, architects, artists and critics to closely look into images and construct arguments, narratives and observations that produce incisive readings of form, politics, representation and the interpretation of “Instant Culture's” value or devalue in contemporary urbanism today.

Presenters include: Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, Eva Franch, Mark Wigley, Jing Liu, Laura Kurgan, Jeffrey Johnson, David Benjamin, Thomas Yu and Damon Rich. 


Formed by Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu, ESKYIU is a multi-disciplinary architecture studio that explores how architecture intersects with transformative cultural landscapes, media, products, educational tools and social sustainability. They received the Architectural League Prize; curated the 2009 HK & SZ Bi-City Biennale at West Kowloon; exhibited at the 11th Venice Biennale and have lectured internationally such as Harvard’s AsiaGSD conference, TEDx, London’s V&A museum to universities worldwide from Nanjing, Finland to Cambridge. They are based in Hong Kong.

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