HAPPENINGText: Taka Nakanishi

From the 8th to the11th of January, the What’s good? Conference was held in Hong Kong. It was an Art & Creativity festival coordinated under the auspices of the Hong Kong Artcenter and organized by the design office AllRightReserved and SK Lam, the former general manager of IdN.

“What’s good?” is a query that can be perceived as simple or deep when talking about creation. The organizers wanted people to answer the query taking into account their personal realizations, sensibilities, conscience, sense of value and taste for surroundings while assessing how said answers intertwined with each other.

13 speakers in 11 pairs came to Hong Kong from cities around the world, to talk about “what’s good?”, the source of the creation and the inspiration. They were; Colette and Maison Martin Margiela from Paris, Droog Design from Amsterdam, Peter Saville from London, Christopher Doyle from Hong Kong, and from Tokyo Groovisions, Kazunari Hattori, Yugo Nakamura, Kashiwa Sato, John C Jay, and Chiho Aoshima + Aya Takano of Kaikaikiki. Because of that gorgeous line-up, Advance tickets for this conference sold out in a flash.

At the conference, each pair had time to speak for an hour and a half. The order of the conference was as follows: Each group showed their own pieces via slides, and talked about “What’s good?”. The latter part consisted of a question and answer period with moderators.

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