Created by Wyan YEUNG Li-shung, a cross-disciplinary creative from Hong Kong, Six-swing Donut is a donut-shaped swing that can be played by six people at the same time. Wyan infuses the work with interactive elements. As the swings move, various light and sound effects are generated. Under the glittering cityscape, the work gives rise to a series of audiovisual symphonies.
Yeung encompasses various design disciplines such as graphics and architecture. A recipient of multiple design awards, he is a frequent participant in prominent architectural and public art exhibitions, including ifva Everywhere and La Biennale di Venezia – Hong Kong Exhibition, an international architecture exhibition in Italy.
When was the last time you sat down and spent time with yourself? Why don’t you take a few minutes and invite your friends or family members to sit together with you. It’s even better if you form a circle. Now sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Follow along with the instructor to do a breathing exercise.
Focus on an area of your body where you feel the strongest sensation. It can be your shoulders, waist or other parts of the body. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Now shift your attention to your breathing, notice each inhale and exhale. On your next exhale, shift your attention to your body’s contact with the floor. Feel yourself in the seated position, and once you are secure in your posture, try leaning to the left, then to the right, leaning more and more as you go while being aware of your breathing and your bodily sensation. Gradually, lessen your movement until you come to a complete stop.
Now try to lean forward, then backward, increasing your movements gradually but be careful not to lose your balance. From the greatest range of swaying, begin to reduce your movements until you settle in the middle and return to a comfortable seated position. Pay attention to your breathing. What is your bodily sensation, your thoughts and emotions at this moment?
Congratulations, you have completed this exercise. Now you can slowly open your eyes, stand up and stretch your body. Share what you have just experienced with your friends. What have you discovered after spending time with yourself for a few minutes? You can do this exercise every day, and not necessarily on a swing. Give yourself some space and spend time with your present feelings and moods. You can also take this opportunity to reflect on today or the past week. Do you have anything to be thankful for, or anyone you want to thank?
Mindfulness is an invitation to pay attention to the present, to be aware of one’s immediate feelings. It is a chance to learn to get along with oneself. Practicing mindfulness consistently over time can help relax the body and mind, and contribute to self-understanding… When life is particularly stressful, you may wish to take a break and bring your attention to the present moment. We hope Jockey Club Pop-up Art Park, which aims to encourage everyone to pay more attention to emotions and mental wellness, brings you new experiences in art and play. Take good care of yourselves and then take good care of the people around you.