Expect the unexpected:


This interdisciplinary studio was conceived and organized as a HKDI enrichment program by Visiting Fellow Sheila Levrant de Bretteville from Yale University School of Art. Sheila devised the title … … 海角天涯…  … with the help of Caspar Lam who desgned this typface Ming Romantic with Yuune Park. The presentations, workshops, discussions and studio work  created by Sheila included architect, urban planner Peter de Bretteville and an information rich presentation by Yim Wai Shu Wyss, Emeritus Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Wyss provided a scientific basis for the students’ work in relation to water and land relations past, present and future. 

From the start, the … … 海角天涯…  …studio work was  intended to encourage as wide a range of possible projects as the skill sets and ideas of the participants. The merging of these first visual and physical proposals. An increased understanding of the social and scientific issues will be further informed by Wyss Yim’s presentation on 23 September at 6:00. His lecture and the discussions, which follow, are intended to suggest collaborations, new formal discoveries and vividly represent your response and understanding of expectations of the unexpected:The  … … 海角天涯…  …  team’s workshops, discussions, reviews presentations and projects were intended to address the relationship with water, the shifting boundary between water and land as affected by water moisture, on land and in the sea, as well as the sea surges, landfill and development in Hong Kong. 

During the first three weeks in October, Max Harvey and Weiyi Li, two

recent Yale graduates working nearby in Changsha came to work with the HKDI students. As interactive and visual designers they created a mock-up of the website for this project with its version of vastness and openness.

website mockup

Weiyi and Max continued developing this website to appropriately house the student work and be open to participation by all who come on the night of the full moon in December17, 2013 and beyond. Their … … 海角天涯…  …   website contains images of completed work and relevant sketches,

discussions, discoveries and questions entered by those who come to look at the work and discuss the issues raised by paying attention to the water at Junk Bay, Tolo Harbour, Victoria Harbor and Tai O. The framework for our design of the possible is shaped by cardinal points of the compass: North, Tolo Harbour; South, Victoria Harbour; East, Junk Bay (Tseung Kwan O); West. Tai O. Student participants are asked to create three different exploratory proposals. We considered this research essential to establishing the potential of each of their original ideas.This proved difficult because the majority of the students had only just entered HKDI and for that reason the acquisition of new skills of representation were being taught and acquired concurrently with their attention to particular sites and the development of individual ideas inspired by … … 海角天涯…  … We asked all participants  to make visual statements that were entirely preliminary in order to

stimulate questions about what each needed to understand in order to proceed to address their site-specific research. Over the next month the majority of students were able to choose one site where water-to-settlement circumstances, and possibilities captured their imagination and begin developing their own project. During the month of expectations of the unexpected: fashion image designer Lampros Faslis guided a small group of students as they addressed water in their images. 

Central to the thinking about … … 海角天涯…  …   was the notion that innovative thinkers unlimited by disciplinary boundaries are most able to focus on research into the possible. This interdiscilinary project was open to participation by students from all areas of creative study at HKDI – architecture, visual communication, digital media, product design, landscape design, fashion

design and design for social innovation and sustainability. Those who chose to work with us were all asked to become thinkers and makers unlimited by disciplinary boundaries and that each individually develop visual forms of the possible and the critical. 

… … 海角天涯…  …  was informed by the notion that inventive designers, artists and architects work without boundaries and include scientists. Increasingly complex predicted but indeterminate changes in the relationship of land and water mirror recent overlapping roles within and between traditional disciplinary boundaries. An exemplary model is Pablos Holman who variously calls himself “hacker” or “inventor” to highlight the transgressive aspects of both. In describing his Intellectual Ventures LAB he suggests that the skills related to innovation are defined by the ability to do research and to think. The prescient ideas of

Jean-Francois Lyotard suggest that graphic artists “are in fact at once lawyers, witnesses, historians, and judges … They are also interpreters.” of expectations of the unexpected:

September 02. 2013. 8:23am, Expect the unexpected 海角天涯.