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On 11, Dec 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

Hanging Around

by Kay Yip

by Kay Yip

I am always interested to explore the “unused” space in city. These space remind me of a Chinese phrase “無用之用” (the usefulness of the unuseful), it shows the intrinsic dilemma of the place like how they are being used? Is their existence already a kind of use? Therefore, I decide to transform an “unused” space by adding some feature on it.

I want to do some hanging on poles as I associated with the scene that residents in public housing estate hang their clothes, bedding even intimate wear in open area for drying & killing bacteria under the sun. This local domestic behavior is imprinted in my mind because of my long period living in public housing estate. I also see this as a nostalgia expression to my memory because such scene is less seen now with the new design of modern high rise public housing building and flats are now with metal hanging frame outside their unit on the wall.

I took several places and transformed them into a badminton court with simple add-ons including the bedding as net and tape as court line. I particularly do this in areas where the leisure facilities are available nearby so that my court can merge with them to serve as a whole package for the community. I feel a bit subversive and naughty while I was actually sticking the tape on floor, like children play and make use of what is available to entertain themselves. I feel like I was going back to my old days again.