FACTORY SERIES

DISCOVER YOUTHS' INNATE TALENT

LIFE AS AN ARTIST - THE EXPRESSION OF SELF

 

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To help youth who have creative talents understand what an artistic life requires by going through 6 key themes that each artist would need to go through
  • To assist youth understanding of how they can apply their talent in the working world by giving them a list of jobs that creatives can enter
  • To assist youth explore different forms of artistic expressions and to learn how to put ideas into work through interactive sessions 
  • To introduce them to various players in the industries and offer them a chance to ask questions

ELIGIBILITY

  • Aged 13-21

  • Proven interests and talent in creative arts

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1. FANZINES

Participants will have the chance of making their own Fanzine by collaging images and texts from different magazines.

About Fanzines

It was one of the earliest and most popular ways of expressing oneself. The making process of fanzines gave youths the opportunity to present their own message. Some of the most famous fanzines were created for punk, which had strong and immediate messages and used many different images to communicate their ideas of anger. Some of the images seemed nonsense to most people but deliberately only make sense to those involved in the scene at the time.

The youth will learn to use their ways of expressing themselves and realize the importance of telling their story through their own means.

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2. PUNK OUTFIT CREATION

Participants will be divided in groups and work together to create a punk outfit which represents an idea they come up with.

About Punk Outfit

It was the expression of a small number of fashion students and musicians in London and New York to push against the tiresome safe attitudes of the time in 1970s. They presented themselves to the world in their own way.

In the process, they will learn to compromise when putting groupmates’ ideas together. With the help of professional designers, they will gain the experience on making an outfit and present their ideas to the audience at the end of the workshop.

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3. THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER 

The workshop is separated into 2 parts, the first one will be held at school and the other one will be taken place on the Hong Kong Island side. Participants will use a Lomo’Instant camera to take pictures of their own school and then again in Central to express how they are feeling for the places. Following up by appreciating each others’ work, participants will learn to see things differently.

Photography is about capturing the moment and using the imagination to create a photograph that people want to show to their audience. Yet, the meaning of a picture is always in the eye of the beholder, and there can be a lot of interpretations within a picture. When we talk about social mobility, we refer disadvantaged youth lacking the social and cultural capital necessary to help them succeed in an environment with more opportunities.  With the exercise of taking pictures of their own school and places that they are not so familiar with, participants will not only learn to create an art piece by using the skills of taking photos, but also learn use photography to reflect and express their thoughts about the place that they live in (with little opportunities) and a place that many people aspire to work in (with rich opportunities). 

By using a Lomo’Instant camera, it provides instant pictures for participants to continue working on the artwork of their own school, and the camera itself also provides different effects like colour lenses and double exposure to the photo. There will be lots of spaces for participants to explore using their imagination and it would be a good way for them to learn and discover new and special photo-taking techniques.

Part One: Creating Pictures of Your School

Participants will create an artwork about their own school by using images taken from the Lomo’Instant camera and other materials like colour pens and unused magazines.  In the process, they will explore the art of photography and use it to express the thing that is closed to their live, the school. As the theme of school is related to their daily live so much, they can explore and learn to find the perspective they like to describe a thing. While appreciating other participants’ work, it becomes an interactive learning between participants that they can learn to understand a thing in different ways.

Lomography started as an art movement when a group of Viennese students presented the photos taken with a LCA camera, which was a camera created by LOMO PLC of Saint Petersburg in Russia, in Vienna. The images of Lomography are typically with high contrast and with unusual saturation and colour. It encompasses an interactive and vivid way of life and shows its motto of “Don’t Think, Just Shoot” to encourage spontaneity and the taking of photos anywhere. We believe this is reflective of youth’s personality, as well as their attitudes.

Part Two: Exploring Something New

Participants will be taken to the business areas of Hong Kong including Central and Admiralty for photo-taking. They will have time to explore on the area and take pictures of how they feel about the area. After that, they will be given time to look at each others’ work and explain their own work to the others.  A professional will also be invited to share their own feeling towards Central by looking at the participants’ works in order to learn about the different perspectives of one place.