Productive Ageing is about how to age well with creativity and dignity in Hong Kong
學老社 The Old School -
Drills! 齊鍊老 !
社創設計室·老力生產 SI.D Lab #3 Productive Ageing
A Productive Ageing Event presented by Pascal Anson x Enable Foundation
「Drill！齊鍊老 ！」是啟民創社與駐倫敦藝術家、設計師Pascal Anson聯合呈獻的「學老社」首個公眾創意項目，透過運動鍛鍊的概念，以四種超日常的「鍊老工具」啟發老中青如何「未老學老，已老教老。」，共創跨代交流的老煉產物，迎接未來的高齡香港世代。大家準備好未呀?
What does “getting old” mean? How should we define senior citizens’ productivity and contribution? Enable Foundation held a roundtable discussion with members from local social welfare organisations, academia and governmental departments, and realised that to tackle the issue of population ageing, we must first learn what it means to get old and how to prepare for it. The learning material is embodied by every senior citizen with his or her valuable life experiences. Earlier, through the co-creation workshops of “Productive Ageing”, participants old and young explored the various meanings of ageing. The outcomes are now presented in this new project, The OLD School, as learning tools for ageing which connect people of different generations.
Jointly presented by Enable Foundation and London-based designer and artist, Pascal Anson, “Drill!” is the first public creative event under The OLD School. Four sets of learning tools for ageing are developed from the concept of drill exercises, so that people of all generations can be inspired - learning what it means to get old when you are young, and teach it when you are old. It is hoped that the intergenerational co-creation activities will produce meaningful communication regarding ageing, so that we can all be better prepared for our future super-ageing society. Are you ready?
日期：2019年2月16日- 3月3日 下午1-7時 （星期一休息）
Date : 16 Feb - 3 Mar 2019 1- 7PM (Close on Monday)
Venue: Form Society, G/F, 186 Tai Nan St, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.
傳媒預覽：4 PM - 6 PM 開幕：6 PM - 8 PM
Press Preview & Opening on 15 Feb 2019, Friday 4 PM - 8 PM
《眼睛相旅行》 - MOViE MOViE 電影放映 ＋學老社分享會：2 - 6PM（名額有限，請報名參加。）
Faces Places, Film Screening with MOViE MOViE + The OLD School Sharing: 2 - 6 PM （Please sign-up for reserved seats)
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Artist Statement by Pascal Anson
Drills for Ageing:
Drills are abstract exercises that we practice in order to help us prepare for an activity. The purpose of a drill could be to strengthen a muscle, or to correct a posture or modify a behaviour from daily habits.
Using Balls for the Drills:
A Ball is a universally familiar object. We learn how to use balls from an early age, such as how to handle them, how they behave and their nature. That is why balls are used for this series of prototypes as an easily understandable motif. Each of the prototypes is designed to be a three-dimensional diagram with which the participant must engage in order to fully understand the importance of the ageing attributes. Since illustrations and diagrams do not require much physical interaction apart from observing, we believe that anchoring our messages in physical activities will create a greater impact.
球是一種無分界別、眾所皆知的日常物件。我們自幼開始學習使用球體，包括學會如何把玩它，了解它的特性。因此，這系列的鍊老設計裝置原型皆採用了易於理解的圓球體作為主題。我們把每個裝置設計成立體視覺，參加者必須與之互動才能完全了解年老的特質以及真諦。圖像要求參加者觀察，除此以外卻未必有足夠互動。然而我們相信，透過這些裝置活動邀請參與者身體力行地「學老 」 ，方能傳遞更深刻的交流。
All Artworks by Pascal Anson
LIFT ! 舉 ！
As we age, certain tasks become more and more difficult. Some tasks may never be possible again, even with fierce determination. One’s ability to achieve goals is set much earlier in life. Goals are psychological markers or targets to aim for. It is important to be realistic about goals, and a realistic drive will determine their success or failure.
鍛鍊決心 | A drill to train Physical Determination:
The four heavy concrete balls demonstrate determination. Each ball becomes increasingly difficult to manage in a physical sense. 10kg, 20kg, 30kg, 40kg… Your psychological determination is questioned.
Adaptability is the ability to respond to a situation, which was maybe familiar but has changed for one reason or another. It might be because there is an unforeseen element in the usually familiar situation or maybe because your ability to handle a specific situation has altered.
鍛鍊應變力| A drill to train Adaptability:
By repeatedly bouncing a basketball or a tennis ball, we learn how it behaves. This new ball is deliberately designed to behave in an unpredictable way. After several bounces, you will realise that you must be very adaptable in order to catch the rebound.
BALANCE ! 持！
How do we know our limits? Are our limits based on our past experience or what we think we can achieve? As we age, we have little idea of how the difficulties of ageing will affect our bodies and minds, and how we may respond. That may be like a pain that we have never experienced or a psychological trauma far worse than what we have ever felt. However, in times of difficulty, we often manage to adapt and draw strength from deep within ourselves.
鍛鍊精神意志力| A drill to train Mental Determination:
This prototype ball represents an almost impossible task to balance a ball on one finger. At first, you may doubt it. Yet, until you try it, you won’t know how hard this is to achieve.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from failure on the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
鍛鍊韌性 | A drill to train Resilience:
A target is attached to the wall (circular) and another the floor (rectangular) . A ball of clay should be thrown at the wall target. If the force is not strong enough, the clay ball will land onto the floor panel. Both panels contain messages, which represent one’s internal dialogue. The floor panel represents failure , so that when the clay ball drops onto the floor, you will be given an encouragement to try again when collecting the ball. If the clay ball is thrown and sticks to the wall panel, you will be given a congratulatory message. You must try and learn how to interact with this piece over a few attempts.
Design Mentor : Pascal Anson (www.pascalanson.com)
Supported by FormSociety
Funded by SIE Fund
Media Partner : MOViE MOViE
Organised by Enable Foundation / SI.DLab
Productive Ageing Design Mentor - Pascal Anson
Pascal Anson is an artist and designer who makes ordinary things extraordinary. “I have always loved making and breaking things to find out how they work, behave and can change. Looking at how the world works or how it looks are central to my practice and inspiration. The largest thing I have designed is a Jumbo jet whose length is 70670mm, the smallest thing I have designed is a business card which is 88mm long, I am trying to design something smaller, possibly a button or an ear ring…larger than a Jumbo......?”
“Concept or idea comes first and aesthetics follow, this is mainly because I am driven to change how we see something or interact with it. I design furniture, graphics, products, lighting, spaces, cars, interiors and planes. Each design tries to challenge by asking you to stop and think again, differently. Most of my work output is three dimensional and the artefact is often more important than the image. A resourceful attitude and way of working is key to me but so is fun, playfulness and sometimes magic.”