Serendipity in the Street

Serendipity in the Street

Serendipity in the Street

Serendipity in the Street Family Workshops

Date & Time

30 Jul - 3 Oct, 2021 11am-8pm


Block 01 Duplex Studio
Prison Yard
Lower E Hall


Free of charge


Research Partner
Brian Kwok

Annisa Cheung
Charles Kwong
Choi Sai Ho
Frank Tang Kai Yiu
Ocean Leung
South Ho

Design Partner
One Bite Design Studio

Serendipity in the Street brings together urban observers and artists as they record tales from everyday life in the Central and Sheung Wan neighbourhood, and capture the complexities of the urban fabric through creative use of living spaces. “Modernologio”, an everyday life observation practice originated in Japan, has been adopted as the research method in this exhibition, to identify the interconnections between people, space and activity.

Bringing creativity into daily lives, fascinating street activities have emerged in and around our neighbourhood, and in order to better observe and systematically outline these traces of urban activities, a research team, led by Brian Kwok, Hong Kong Polytechnic University ‘s Associate Professor of School of Design, assumed the roles of urban observers in the past few months. Strolling through numerous streets and alleys, flyovers, open-air markets, recreational parks and criss-crossing slopes and stairs in the area to discover seemingly mundane people and things, the urban observers pieced together fragments of stories hidden within different corners of urban space.

Four intriguing stories tucked away in corners of our neighbourhood and seven creative responses by local artists Annisa Cheung, Choi Sai Ho, South Ho, Charles Kwong, Ocean Leung, Frank Tang Kai Yiu, and Nerve to the environment in the area form part of this exhibition. The artists have been invited to collaborate and create new pieces inspired by the findings of the team. The exhibition also invites people to discover their space, resonate with the idea of juxtaposing art and observations, and empower themselves and others into cultivating profound personal connections with their communities.


Alongside the exhibition in Duplex Studio, an online platform has been launched in parallel so that audiences may extend the journey of urban observation. With the intention to encourage the audience to further explore the unique qualities of the city, we have commissioned four new works that highlight different routes within the Central neighbourhood. 


Exhibition Views

Exhibition view of “Serendipity in the Street”

Exhibition view of “Serendipity in the Street”
Exhibition view of “Serendipity in the Street”

Shing Wong Street 
Frank Tang Kai Yiu, 2021

Rhythms, Nerve, 2021

Punch Hard Forever,
Ocean Leung, 2015/2021

Stories in the neighbourhood 

Stories in the neighbourhood 

Stories in the neighbourhood 

Interactive corner

Heritage Team of “Serendipity in the Street"

Public Programme — Tai Kwun Conversations

Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories
Accompanying the exhibition, “Tai Kwun Conversations” organises a discussion between a curator and an architect to share their experiences. Backed by a people-centric approach, they engage community through storytelling while exploring ways to build a sustainable city.