[中][ENG] 小島靜舍—讓身體專注當下 Minim – Village Retreat
小島靜舍外東灣的風景 View from Minim
Minim, a space in Peng Chau, is about 15 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The 300 square foot village flat has basic living facilities and faces towards Tung Wan. The space welcomes art administrators and artists to do things that they don’t otherwise have the time to do in their hectic schedules: meditation, reading, painting, workshops, creation, and dancing. It’s a comfortable space.
聆聽需要 Away from the City
The idea of Minim began with Cheung Chi-wai who became aware of the needs of dancers and art administrators. “I would like them to get away from the city, and have a good balance between life and rest.” The photographer, who has worked on productions of difference scales, thinks Minim responds to ‘Fast Culture’ that causes people to lose autonomy and control of their lives."
小島靜舍的周邊環境 Drawing of Minim’s neighborhood
畫Comic: Fu Ka-wing, Funny
To give people a chance at getting away from the city’s commotion, the village retreat has very simple decoration and only essential furnishings, with the idea of inspiring people to purify their souls and enjoy the present. Cheung has made Minim a space with minimal constraints. He doesn’t impose limits on activities conducted there and booking procedures are simple. Artistic creation is welcomed. In the middle of the retreat is a bathtub, one of Minim’s most important and symbolic objects: “A container for inspiration and emotions.” Cheung says, “Immersing oneself in a bath is a time for relaxation and creative inspiration.” Once, someone used the bathtub for drama. Cheung has also used it as a setting for shooting a tattoo atlas. Over several years, Cheung has collected essays and writings from guests, excerpting stories to compile them into a database. These stories carry the emotions evoked during moments of peace, little details of life, and processes of creation. He thinks that the database allows him to understand what those in the art circle need now.
Minim’s main target are people from the art circle and Cheung’s friends. Because its size is limited, and he wants to preserve the island’s tranquillity, he doesn’t advertise Minim. Cheung sees it as his way to contribute to the art community, where he has worked tirelessly for so many years, “I photograph for art and theatre groups, and using part of the income to invest in this project allows me to give back to the people from the art circle whom I have worked with.” Sharing this open space at a bargain price, he is willing to offer discounts and accept instalment payments for those with financial constraints. “While the rent also helps Minim in its operation, he hopes that friends from the art community can receive help from it, and Minim will eventually develop an operational model that can flexibly utilize spaces and resources.”
郭嘉源的「身體的決定」接觸即興工作坊 Contact improvisation workshop b