Hong Kong Sugar Coated Hong Kong by Tobias Klein

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Hong Kong

Post-Industrial Landscapes 4.0

Monday 11 – Thursday 21 July 2016

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In the fourth iteration of Post-industrial landscapes, we will be looking at the actual and virtual sweets of Hong Kong

SUGAR is sexy, superbly successful, stimulating, sweet and synonymous for a society of hyper consumption and addiction to instant gratification on all levels of live.

Our site is speculative – narrative and at the same time real. We critically examine our cities as they now exist in a self-referencing bubble of consumption, coated in entertainment and wrapped in a digital infrastructure. We live in a new electronically permeated, augmented and mediated landscape, framed by biological addiction, mental hyper-activity and electronic stimuli. We allow and enjoy continuous simulation of our optic nerves through a myriad of optical devices, immersing ourselves in the likes of Oculus, Virtual Reality and Augmentation. We experience and see daily more unbuilt virtual space than actual architectural physical environment. We consume not only electronically, but physically more than ever before in human history. We are sugar addicted in digital, physical and biological form.

This AA visiting school develops strategies in the cross –disciplinary field of Architecture, Computer Science, Art, Engineering and Interactive Design. Come and join us in building large scale sugar 3D printers, make UVA drone films of sweetened landscapes, comment on hyper-urbanism through the building of stock market reactive models using the newest electronic sweets from Shenzhen’s electronic markets and factories in the digital heaven of China.

 In short – we will work with SUGAR!


We will be working in three elements. Firstly we will organise a series of visits in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to maker and hacker spaces creating digital niches. These are our collaborators, ranging from the famous Makerbay to the infamous DimSum Labs.  Secondly we will organise a series of Skill up sessions with our tutors, engaged and internationally renowned robotic designers, drone pilots, inventors, story tellers, jack of all trades and mavericks in the articulation of a new playground for all design industries. Lastly, we will break in small teams able to deliver focused provocative projects. The school will be accompanied by lecturers who come from all fields of design, biology, chemistry and art, bridging traditional established boundaries. 


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 8 July 2016.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN/becomeamember.php
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current art, architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Rhino (SR7 or later), Adobe Creative Suite, Processing

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Tobias Klein works in the fields of Architecture, Art, Design and interactive Media Installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. He was running Dip1 at the Architectural Association (2008-2014) and leading a unit in the Mediastudies program. Before joining the Architectural Association, he was leading ADS1 (2007-2010) at the Royal College of Art, London. Today, he is an interdisciplinary professor combining Architecture and New Media art and Design at the School of Creative Media City University. The resulting works of his studio and students are exhibited international with examples being in the collection of the Antwerp Fashion Museum, the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Museum of Moscow and Vancouver. He is lecturing and published internationally with most recent articles focusing on the translation from craftsmanship to digital manufacturing. 


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Tobias Klein

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Christopher Pierce

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