The Spine Passerby 棘園過客

The Spine Passerby, 2010-11
Performance and installation in Shatin Park, Hong Kong

record of the whole project:
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Shatin was called “Spine Park” in ancient time. Its park contains a variety of spaces and it is especially known by juxtaposing Chinese and Western characteristics of gardens.

Guesthouse is kind of housing mostly for short-term rental. Before the emergence of the notion of housing, we live in nature with crisis of assault by beasts. Therefore, in the history of evolution of housing, you could see that houses gradually moved from nature or we removed natural elements from our residences. Caves, tree houses, brick houses, and concrete architecture, our living, eventually evolved into a box limited to four solid walls. It is about the habitat of a sense of security to prevent from beasts and bad weather. Trust and emotions among communities; relationship between nature and us, are influenced basing on modern more complete structure of preservation. Do we become cold and detached?

Civilization make better living. We own more power to change the conditions of lives and surviving. Parks as recreation of nature, they simulate natural footpaths, lawn and lake that contain a lot of human activities. Whether you chat, nap, walk, read, or play chess, parks share the role of houses. In fact, nature is our original habitat, even if it simulate, even if it is still far from nature. If we still live in the natural environment, how is it?

There is a Spine Park passerby. He is employed to work in the park for about 3 months. Within total around 10 weeks, every Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, you can see a process of evolution of an ape. His appearances, costume, tools and acts will keep evolve every week showing how a person learn to lead a life in the park. It is about accumulation of knowledge.