Ger Choi, I Am Here to Do Art=Living=Meeting, 2010. Performance as part of the ongoing project “See Through,” in which artists occupy the window space at Woofer Ten, Hong Kong. Courtesy Woofer Ten
Woofer Ten is a nonprofit art organization funded by the Hong Kong Art Development Council. It is based at Shanghai Street Artspace in Yaumatei, an aging grassroots community and neighborhood. Formed by a group of like-minded artists, curators, critics, researchers, and educators, Woofer Ten aims to introduce a lively conception of contemporary art engaging the community. Therefore, instead of attempting an out-of-place, arty white-cube gallery, Woofer Ten molds itself more like a community center, a platform for art projects to explore new approaches in bridging the community and art making.
Woofer Ten treasures the participation of its neighboring community and audiences, and sees its art programs as creative interventions upon its community and society at large. Exhibitions change from month to month, alongside plenty of ad hoc activities such as performances, guided tours, workshops, talks, screening, and more, offering the public not just experimental contemporary art and curating, but also art that is close to our everyday life and holds sociopolitical relevance.