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The Change Seed

Change-Seed (改變種子): 
Contemporary Art from Hong Kong & Beyond

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) proudly presents one of the first group exhibitions in the U.S. to focus on contemporary art from Hong Kong. On view through May 15, 2015. Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm.

Exhibition Closes this Friday, May 15

5701 Sixth Avenue South. Seattle Design Center, Suite P258 98108
Due to construction, enter through garage, follow signs to garage elevator. CoCA is on second floor.
Or enter main entrance from parking lot. Go up the stairs to your right, across sky bridge, up stairs to right.


Introducing Visiting Artist, Dr Phoebe Ching Ying Man

Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man, assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong is visiting Seattle as part of this exhibition.

On Tuesday, May 12, please join us on the UW Bothell campus for an artist talk with Dr. Man who will speak about her work as a conceptual artist, media sculptor, independent curator, devoted teacher and her belief that the "personal is political." Curator David Francis, PhD, will present an introduction for this special event hosted by The Convergence Zone, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics.

Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30pm
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA
Room UW2-055
Free and open to the public

On Friday, May 15, meet the artist and indulge in edible sculptures, "Birthday Cakes" she will be creating during her weeklong CoCA Lab International residency. This work was inspired by the effectively disorienting and antagonistic happy birthday song tactic employed by protesters during the Umbrella Revolution. 

Friday, May 15, 6-8pm
Pioneer Square (location to be disclosed)
This event has very limited seating so we are requesting a $200 donation to attend: all proceeds go to further develop our residency program which provides studio and exhibition space for local and visiting artists to ponder, develop and realize new and renewed works of art. 
Contact Nichole if you would like to attend

About Change-Seed

The terms "seed" and "change" convey the central metaphors of the exhibition: that contemporary art in Hong Kong and Taiwan is currently undergoing extremely rapid development as the world’s primary economic force shifts toward Asia in the 21st century.

Recognized as a financial capital for blue-chip artists, Hong Kong has been less accommodating to grass roots artists working for social change. As the Umbrella Revolution seeks greater autonomy for the region and the ability to nominate a candidate in the 2017 election (when China has promised universal suffrage for 8 million residents), artists in Hong Kong seek political change through a vibrant insistence on memory and history that evokes the Tank Man of Tiananmen in 1989.

Change-Seed explores issues of autonomy and identity in the work of 25 artists working mostly in photography and video, in addition to other media. While art communities in the United States are increasingly interested in contemporary art from China (Ai Wei Wei is a celebrity), very few understand or recognize the differences between the mainland, the SARs, and Taiwan. Change-Seed seeks to update American audiences on more recent developments in the Asian art world scene. In contrast to mainland China, the work is often small in size and technologically savvy, while reflecting similar concerns with cultural iconicity, the body, and functionality.

Artists include: Occupy Art Group, Phoebe Man (Venice Biennale), Sunny Wang, Carol Lee Mei Kuen, Anita Yau, Wai Yim Wong, Samson Young, Laurent Segretier, and others. Artists selected by Curator-at-Large and previous CoCA Board Member (2010-2015), David Francis.

Gallery hours Wednesday – Friday, 11am-5pm.
5701 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle Design Center, Suite P258
Free admission and parking

Change-Seed is made possible with generous support from Cascade Architectural & Engineering SuppliesGlazer's CameraGreenbridge ManagementLexJet, and Rock's Studio.

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.



'Change-Seed' Serves Surrealism with a Touch of the Political. Michael Upchurch. Seattle Times, April 3, 2015.

Exhibition Showcases Diversity of Hong Kong’s Contemporary Art. Eva Cohen. International Examiner. April 6, 2015

Earlier Event: December 3
Bo Choi
Later Event: August 8
CoCA Lab: Nat Evans