Hung Keung: Dao Gives Birth to One

Hung Keung: Dao Gives Birth to One

6 July – 1 September 2012

Hung Keung is a leading contemporary media artist based in Hong Kong. For the exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre he presented an ambitious interactive video project Dao Gives Birth to One. The work won Hung the Achievement Award from Hong KongMuseum of Art, as part of the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009-2010.


At the root of Hung Keung’s work is a preoccupation with the longevity of Chinese culture. In it he questions how human beings in modern day society interact with the concept of time and space through the philosophy of ‘Dao’. Daoism, along with Confucianism, is one of the two major philosophies original from China, which is regarded as the fundamental order of the universe.


For this exhibition Hung made the video installation interactive in real time, inviting the audience to interact with the work. Digital cameras captured the audience as they entered the gallery, integrating their image into the art piece. As well as being visually striking, the piece was technologically sophisticated and incorporated specially designed interactive software. With this piece Hung wished to provide audiences with a unique, refreshing, and contemporary perspective on traditional Chinese philosophy, painting and calligraphy.