How Street Badminton Can Help Us Rethink Hong Kong’s Public Spaces
In 2019, artist Shirley Tse represented Hong Kong at the 58th Venice Biennale with her exhibition Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice. A version of this show is currently on display in Hong Kong at the M+ Pavilion until 1 November 2020 as Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders.
One of the exhibition’s installations, Playcourt, consists of multiple sculptures that form a surreal, makeshift game of badminton. The work is based on Tse’s memories of playing street badminton in Hong Kong as a child. We invited artist and urban researcher Sampson Wong to join her in a conversation about badminton and public spaces. The resulting discussion, which you can read below, ranged from exploring the colonial imagery of Tse’s badminton sculptures to how Hong Kong spaces can unofficially transform from private to public.