VIP guests and creative industry leaders celebrated the launch of a 10-day-long series of exhibitions, workshops, cultural dialogues and pop-up events designed to give an entertainment and education dimension to the BODW week. Themed ‘Game Changer’, attendees at the launch enjoyed previewing various interactive installations including Hong Kong graphic artist Trilingua's Ping Bing Pong, an unconventional circular ping pong table with a round, raised surface that allows participants to play in any direction.
The ten-day event will continue at PMQ until 4 December, with an out-of-the-box range of showcases and programmes to engage and excite the public, both young and old. Numerous displays and exhibits will increase awareness of the importance and relevance of design in urban living, sustainability and cultural identity.
deTour 2016, aims to erase the boundaries between art, design, technology and society. In welcoming young and emerging local designers as well as renowned creative professionals, this festival aims to push presentations and activities to be even more inspiring, innovative and educational.
Among the highlights, typeface designers Joe Chang from Taiwan and Julius Hui from Hong Kong are jointly exhibiting their works at Intense:Intense (curated by design studio OVAL/Tamago Yeh) which contrasts the visual impact of fonts.
Japanese conductor of design, Shun Kawakami offers interactive multimedia installation Bokusho showing avant-garde calligraphy form from post-war Japan interpreted with ink painting, photos of trees and nature, calligraphic strokes and alphabets printed on fabrics that viewers can wander through for a fascinating and enveloping experience.
Indigo Rain is an experimental installation by Hong Kong design studio Yeung Chin which explores fashion and nature using a random method. Single drops of indigo dye will gradually change the look and pattern of a fabric roll and dress on display, revealing an ephemeral act of creation that progresses from the start of the festival till the end.