Islands, Archipelago, and Other Liquid Territories by Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix (MAP Office)

Hong Kong Is Land, a project by MAP Office, is exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities. In this public lecture, Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix, co-founders of MAP Office, as well as PolyU Design’s Environmental and Interior Design faculty, will share the process of making the exhibition and its relation of previous MAP Office work.

Working with eight specific communities locally, MAP Office explores their unique culture and economy, and imagining these in the shape of eight artificial islands evenly distributed in the territory. The proposal for this project is to establish an inventory about uneven growth in the city of Hong Kong, with the resulting “islands” as optimistic visions for the future, exploring scenarios that may serve as paradigms for urban planning, housing density, as well as population growth.

Sign up for this public lecture at: http://goo.gl/uGJ5Z4

Hong Kong Is Land - Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix, co-founders of MAP Office, as well as PolyU Design’s Environmental and Interior Design faculty

Hong Kong Is Land is just awarded Cultural Project Grant of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design’s first Design Trust. This newly established grand-funding initiative, launched early November, aims to support creative projects related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta region. The other awardee of the first Design Trust (co-issued by M+) is Fan Ling.

Hong Kong Is Land will travel internationally, first to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and then onto Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna.

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Hong Kong Is Land is exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities.

Opening: November 19, 2014

Date: November 22, 2014–May 10, 2015

Exhibition Site: http://uneven-growth.moma.org/tagged/east-asia

Curator: Pedro Gadanho

Assistant Curator: Phoebe Springstubb

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Project Directors: Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix

Project Supervisor (Cartography): Gilles Vanderstocken

Project Manager (Film): Henry Temple

Project Assistants (Cartography): Jenny Choi Hoi Ki, Xavier Chow Wai Yin, Hugo Huang Jiawu, Venus Lung Yin Fei, Winson Man Ting Fung, Tammy Tang Chi Ching, Vivienne Yang Jiawei

Project Funding and Support: Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Design Trust, Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design; Urban Environments Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

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About MAP Office, Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix

MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (1969, Saint-Étienne, France). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space.

Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix, co-founders of MAP Office, as well as PolyU Design’s Environmental and Interior Design faculty

Laurent Gutierrez is the co-founder of MAP Office. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he leads the following Master programmes: Design Strategies (MDes) as well as Urban Environments Design (MDes). In addition to his professorial position and artistic practice, Gutierrez is also the co-director of Urban Environments Lab.

Valérie Portefaix is the principal and co-founder of MAP Office. After receiving a Bachelor in Fine Art, and a Master of Architecture degree, she earned a Ph.D. in Urbanism. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.