deTour 2021


Courtyard, G/F, PMQ

The rising popularity of bouldering has created more opportunity for the public to understand the many facets of sport climbing; unlike traditional outdoor rock climbing, indoor bouldering allows more room for dialogue and exchange. Discussions of matters such as climbing routes, techniques and complementary physical training fosters companionship and encouragement, which in turn motivates climbers to push their limits.

This experimental installation explores the power of companionship and encouragement: is climbing with others more productive than silently enduring the sweat and pain on your own? Through hangboarding, a most common training technique in sport climbing, we challenge players to discover their bodies’ “usefulness”, and explore the “useful” and “useless” domains of companionship and encouragement in terms of self-performance.

Au Chi Fung

Sport Climbing Athlete

An awarding-winning sport climbing athlete in Hong Kong who has participated in over 100 competitions.

Match Chen | KaCaMa Design Lab

Sustainable Product Designer

Match Chen embodies years of sustainable and community design experience, and he is one of the founders of KaCaMa Design Lab. Through his work, Chen promotes local craftsmanship and cross-disciplinary creation, fusing abstract concepts into installation art. With other artists at PMQ, he has co-created art installations such as Flawless Failure, Bamboo-Copter Pavilion and Pause Rec Play, using simple and engaging ways to address pressing issues.