Mindfulness in Art Practices, an Ethnographic Research on Hong Kong Artists in Visual Arts, Music/sound Art, Performance and Contemporary Art


In the field of neuro-science and psychology, there have been many studies proving mindfulness practices help well-being. However, there are very few researches done in Hong Kong. This is the very first one regarding local artists’ mindfulness practices. Since 2019, Hong Kongers have been experiencing extreme difficulties due to political situations plus Covid-19. We are forced to bear tremendous changes, separations and sufferings. Hence, studying and sharing mindful practice in art practices is both academically important and practically useful to the general public. This ethnographic research examines mindfulness practised by 9 Hong Kong artists in various art media: painting, music, sound art, performance (Butoh and Cantonese opera), community art and inter-disciplinary arts in the field of contemporary arts. During difficult times in Hong Kong, mindfulness practices render resilience helping artists to cope with problems which are not merely about art-making but also their mental health and survival. In this presentation, I shall concentrate on the various types of mindful practices which become part of artists’ art-making practices as well as everyday-life practices and community building. Artworks will also be introduced along with artists’ explanation of their daily practices and art-making processes. Meanwhile, such mindful practices also generate self-care and well-being in the midst of emotional, social and political turmoil. In July 2022, the research material will be released as a web-based interactive documentary that goes along with resources of meditation and mindfulness practices guided by certified instructor. All content are free public access.

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Hoi Shan Anson Mak, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

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Conference: KAMC2022
Stream: Arts Practices

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