Design for the visually impaired@HKDI, Tino Sehgal & in the studio: singer song-writer Cehryl
Today and in the coming two weeks, we will feature three very different local singer-songwriters on the show to find out what inspires them to write their own music of. Later in this week’s show, I’ll be talking to Honehg Kong raised Cehryl who recently returned here after spending time in the United States and the United Kingdom, about readjusting her life and telling her personal stories through songs.
There are six main kinds of impairments that can affect people: auditory, visual, speech, cognitive, neurological, and physical. However, society often doesn’t do enough in terms of accessibility and designing for people with such impairments. To empower students and to address such needs, in July, the Hong Kong Design Institute’s Advanced Design Studio held an exhibition showcasing design solutions for the visually impaired.
Artist Tino Sehgal creates what he describes as “constructed situations” that challenge the definition of art and the idea of art as a commodity. Designed to leave no footprint, his work emphasises people, not things. He focuses on interactions, exchanges, and conversations by recruiting local “interpreters” of all ages to engage with the audience. You can experience two of Sehgal’s best-known pieces at Tai Kwun until the end of this week in the “trust & confusion” exhibition. 150 Hong Kong “interpreters” between 16 and 73 have been recruited for "These Associations" in the prison yard, 30 of whom will take part in each performance. The other work, “This Variation” takes place in a dark room where professional dancers improvise and interact with people who come in. As Sehgal wants no physical trail of his works, neither photographing or filming them is allowed, but he did speak to us via the internet.
Hong Kong born and raised singer songwriter Cehryl attended Berklee College of Music and later moved to Los Angeles. Plans to tour with her music were put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so she’s back in Hong Kong, at least for a while. Her musical interests range from R&B, punk to indie pop-folk. She’s also passionate about photography and films. She’s here to tell us more about her new EP, “time machine”.