Hong Kong / Shenzhen


By-City / By-Product

Inspired by observations of real urban settings, By-City / By-Product examines the contemporary city as a series of conditions no longer under the control of architects, urbanists, and planners but governed by multiple coexisting agents. Hong Kong and Shenzhen will be analyzed not through abstract postulations but by focusing on the present reality of the city, the actual urban every day that stares at us in the face, the urban presence of the here and now. Both cities share a complex interconnected yet detached existence yet remain connected in their engineered nature, where territory is constantly adapted to mitigate with the changing inhabitation. “By-Product” here refers to the leftover city that we inhabit: the interstitial, hidden, and marginal. By recreating Hong Kong conditions in Seoul and juxtaposing them with time fragments from Shenzhen, visitors will be required to ask questions and engage with an exhibition that reveals different facets of these two cities.