Author: Artomity Magazine

Poetic Heritage at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Poetic Heritage /Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Leelee Chan, Leung Mee-ping, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Wan Lai-kuen Annie Sep 2 to Nov 21, 2021Tuesday – Sunday,  11am – 7pm JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun10 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong http://www.taikwun.hk Poetic Heritage explores the critical and creative relationships between heritage and contemporary art through the works of six artists/artist groups from Hong Kong and beyond. Each of the artists offers insight on the many ways that “heritage” provides a productive lens to engage with contemporary issues, while expanding on the notion of “heritage” itself. In doing so, the exhibition also considers how much power and agency individuals have in determining what is retained and reimagined of our heritage. Poetic Heritage looks at how discarded objects could be considered “heritage”. Rather than focusing on rare or expensive materials, some of the artists choose to salvage objects that are regarded as neglectable or negligible, prompting discussion about what differentiates art, heritage, and debris—and what is worth preserving. One of the overseas artists in the exhibition, Jorge Otero-Pailos, has suggested that “experimental …

The Body and the City at Goethe-Gallery

The Body and the Cityarmechan, C&G Artpartment, Andio Lai, Lai Sim Fong, Lee Hiu Wa, Moe Satt, Nadya Sayapina, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Sebastian Stumpf, Tran Luong, Wong Wing Tong, Ulyana Nevzorova, Yim Sui Fong, RiK Yu   Sep 9 – Oct 23, 2021 Opening: Thursday, Sep 9, 6.30pm  / Guided Tour: 7pm Artist Sharing and Guided Tours:Saturday, Sep 18, 2 – 3.30pmWith artists Andio Lai and RiK Yu, and curator Wong Ka YingFriday, Sep 24, 2 – 3.30pm With artists C&G Artpartment and Wong Wing Tong, and curator Wong Ka YingSaturday, Oct 16, 3 – 4pmGuided tour by Curator Wong Ka Ying Goethe-Gallery and Black Box StudioGoethe-Institut Hongkong14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre  2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai   http://www.goethe.de The exhibition The Body and the City presents selected interdisciplinary art works from across the world by 14 artists / collectives, including performance art, sculpture, photography, moving images and conceptual art, which are reflecting on both the body and the city as the subject rather than the object.

Walking with Wheels at Ping Pong Gintonería

Walking with Wheels Abram Deyo, Alvin Lam, Anthony Lau, Kevin Leung, Khoa Tran, Mathew CheungSep 8 – Oct 3, 2021Tuesday – Sunday,  5 – 12pm Ping Pong GintoneríaBasement, 129 Second StreetSai Ying Pun, Hong Kong http://www.designinghongkong.comwww.pingpong129.com The Walking with Wheels photography exhibition highlights the challenges people who walk with wheels face in Hong Kong. It draws public attention to the economic, social and safety aspects of walking with wheels. Walking with Wheels is an initiative by Designing Hong Kong to advocate for recognition of this mode of transport in urban planning, transport policy, road design, and pedestrianization. Walking With Wheels – An Essential Mode of TransportThe challenges to walking with wheels are obvious. Street cleaners and recyclers are often in danger when pushing their trolleys across rugged, steep and cramped streets during their daily routines, while families struggle to find convenient routes with baby prams, wheelchairs or suitcases. The ability to walk safely and conveniently with carts and trolleys allows us to move loading and unloading locations and thereby reduce traffic congestion.  The Walking with Wheels initiative seeks to encourage the public and government to ask questions and to find solutions. …

Another Garden of Remembrance 另一個紀念花園

By John Batten / So, you have entered the Garden of Hong Kong.  (Something like) ‘How to…’ instructions (with extra comments) to listen to a DVD, or appreciate a broken washing machine or refrigerator, in Lee Kit’s Hong Kong Garden:       Be comfortable and confident as you walk in the garden.       Walk around to get a good overview of what’s inside.       Don’t touch, just look.       Listen, to the music. There’s not much, but it’s everywhere.      And there is thumping. Thumping.             Thump thump thump.       Can’t hear it? Listen again.      It’s quiet, and only heard intermittently, near the two swans’ video.            Thump thump thump       (I remember the banging of hands or sticks or anything hard against the       city’s street-signs and steel barriers, just like this, a strong tinny-steel thump).       Don’t walk in bare feet.      There are smashed-up bits of washing machine …

Distances in Three at Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, The Fringe Club

Distances in Three  距離‧有仨Jason Lam Chung Yin, John Chan Chun Yue, Dave Ho Lok ChungAug 2 – 9, 2021Opening: Monday, Aug 2, 6 – 9pm Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, The Fringe Club2 Lower Albert RoadCentral, Hong Kong http://www.hkfringeclub.com Far, near, unrealistic and intimate are adjectives that express the physical and emotional closeness between each other.  We can quickly judge the distance between certain things based on our intuition.  But what is the basis for judging distance?  Do various judgments imply certain values? The “Distances in Three” exhibition shows the “distances” between the three artists and their respective concerns and issues.  Jason Lam explores the unclear line between digital technology and traditional art,  John Chan’s photos reveal his feelings about the living environment of the grassroots community, and Dave Ho uses sculpted materials to ponder how he constantly gets through in this small land of Hong Kong, and the question of  “Where is home?”. The artists discussed their philosophies and feelings in different “distances” based on their own agendas.  Through each stroke, each quick move, each construct and …

The world is a show for my chosen eye’s delight 臆想錄

Gallery Exit / Hong Kong / Mar 13 – Apr 30, 2021 / Tiffany Leung / In times of crisis like these, taking time to look at art can seem something of a luxury. In some ways it is – the pandemic, along with the pressure to uphold productivity, has relentlessly consumed our mental capacity in the past year. But time and again we are reminded that the more our real life distracts us from looking at art, the more closely we should be looking at it. The group exhibition The world is a show for my chosen eye’s delight at Gallery Exit reiterates this idea – a need for stopped time to examine and reflect on our experience from new perspectives. The show takes its name from the title of a manga novel by Japanese artist Suehiro Maruo, who is known for employing dark humour and gory aesthetics as a metaphor for absurdity in society. “It not so much a direct response or tribute to Maruo’s work,” says Hilda Chan, gallery manager of Exit. “The reference is loose and alludes to his spirit …

Maurice Benayoun 莫奔

By Caroline Ha Thuc / A pioneer of new media art, French artist and theorist Maurice Benayoun began experimenting with 3D animations in 1987 and interactive VR installations in the early 1990s. Since then, he has developed a complex multimedia practice that combines digital technologies with a conceptual approach. Benayoun, also known as MoBen (莫奔), arrived in Hong Kong nine years ago to teach at City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media. There he established the Neuro Design Lab, a studio where he and his team develop and produce his art projects. CHT: Since 2018, you have been working on a very ambitious project, Value of Values, which aims to evaluate the relative value of human values such as freedom, love and power. What triggered this idea? MB: This project arose from a series of questions. We have seen recently how much various governments based their pandemic-related decisions on values: protect the elderly or the economy? Compassion or money? But what does that mean today for individuals? With the Mechanics of Emotions series, I created large urban screen …

Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts BA (VA) Graduation Exhibition 2021

Jun 12 – 27, 2021128 graduates from AVA Academy of Visual Arts, HKBUKai Tak Campus, AVA, HKBU51 Kwun Tong Road, KowloonChoi Hung MTR, Exit A2 Due to current restrictions the exhibition is open to the public under limitations. For on-site visits please fill in the registration form two days in advance. Public tours are available every Sunday from 12 to 2 pm. A confirmation email will be send after successful registration. Register here: https://forms.gle/A3WoFTsaEcxoM4Bc7 avabagradshow.com.hk

The Moon is Leaving Us 月逝無聲

By Aaina Bhargava /  Roughly 300 years ago, after studying ancient records of eclipses, British astronomer Edmond Halley conceived of a theory that the moon was in fact physically moving away from the Earth. The moon’s recession was later confirmed in the 1970s by laser beams bouncing off mirrors placed on the moon by American and Soviet astronauts. Caused by drags in ocean tides, which slow the Earth’s spin rate, the accelerated rate compensates for the loss of angular momentum, and the moon gradually pulls away at a rate of 3.78 cm a year – about the rate at which our fingernails grow.  Upon learning this, Hong Kong artist Phoebe Hui’s existing fascination with the celestial body gained newfound urgency. “For some reason, this matters to me, despite the fact it doesn’t affect us during our lifetime,” she says. Initial inspiration struck when the artist’s visited Le Brassus in Switzerland, home to Audemars Piguet’s headquarters, just after she was selected to fulfil the Fifth Audemars Piguet Art Commission, the first to be exhibited in Asia. During a …

Rolex Presents: William Forsythe’s Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2

Jul 4 – 19, 2021 (Multiple sessions per day)Early bird tickets: $120 – discount available till Jun 21No handling fee. Concessions at 50% off and family packages available. Freespace, Art ParkWest Kowloon Cultural District(MTR Kowloon Station Exit E) http://www.westkowloon.hk/williamforsythe This summer, The Box at Freespace transforms into an interactive gallery space. Come dodge and weave through a shifting obstacle course of hundreds of pendulums suspended from automated grids that swing and sweep according to set patterns. As you navigate this labyrinth, ensuring not to bump any of the swinging orbs along the way, you realise you are creating your own unique dance. For the first time in Asia, experience the undulating world of one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. William Forsythe has been creating works for stage, screen and galleries over nearly half a century, transforming ballet from its classical repertoire to a dynamic contemporary art form. Originally created in an abandoned building on New York’s historic High Line, the installation has been developed in contexts as diverse as the monumental industrial architecture of the Turbine Hall …