ONE OF TWO STORIES, OR BOTH (FIELD BAGATELLES)
7 July – 29 October
One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) is a newly commissioned radio series and gallery installation inspired by tales of Chinese migrants, presented as part of Manchester International Festival. Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, sound artist and composer Samson Young will take visitors and listeners on a journey inspired by the myths and legendary tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot.
The work begins with a fivepart radio series performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Presented in front of a live studio audience over five evenings at Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry will also be broadcast throughout Manchester on FM and online.
Following the radio series, an immersive audio-visual installation will be presented in the gallery at CFCCA. This multi-layered piece will incorporate material from the radio performances to provide another intriguing perspective to these stories, and investigate how journeys are remembered and retold.
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection, and West Kowloon Cultural District. Supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
From Ocean to Horizon
Au Hoi Lam
Ko Sin Tung
Kong Chun Hei
7 July – 29 October
Thursday 6 July
6 – 8pm
From Ocean to Horizon is a group exhibition featuring established and emerging creative talents from Hong Kong, most of whom have previously never exhibited in the UK, presenting unique perspectives on living and working in present-day Hong Kong.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by the relationship between the ocean and the horizon line: a fluid, imaginary and liminal intersection between sea and sky. This shifting boundary is symbolic of Hong Kong as a city that defies categorisation, a dense metropolis undergoing continual and rapid physical, social and cultural transformations – and one that also has a very special relationship to the ocean with its unique island geography and famous deep, natural harbour.
Artists have been invited to reflect on how they have personally responded and adapted to change and uncertainty in their home city in the last two decades following the handover in 1997 and the impact this has had on their artistic practice, with the aim to contribute to a critical discussion about Hong Kong’s recent history.
Au Hoi Lam considers 1997 as a personal milestone, as this was the year she embarked on a career in fine art. For this exhibition, she
will be creating a large painting composed of fragments of her memories for each of the past 20 years in Hong Kong. Sarah Lai and Ko Sin Tung will create new works responding to the themes of oceans and bodies of water through their everyday experiences of living and working in Hong Kong. Ocean Leung’s new work will involve two moving image pieces which play on interventions and interruptions of our viewing experience whilst Trevor Yeung will draw from his practice of using locally sourced horticultural materials to poetically interpret our physical landscapes.
In Lying in Gardens 謊園 (2016) Tang Kwok-hin investigates the idea of formal borders, boundaries and official demarcations. Through this video installation he traces the physical divides that exist within public spaces in Hong Kong. In addition to the exhibition Kong Chun Hei will complete a two-month artist’s residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art funded by Manchester Metropolitan University through which he will develop work leading to a studio exhibition, responding to his experience of Manchester.
This exhibition is co-curated by Ying Kwok (Independent Curator, Hong Kong), Lindsay Taylor (Art Curator, University of Salford)
and Ying Tan (Curator, CFCCA) and has been made possible with the support of the University of Salford Art Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Image, above: Tang Kwok-hin, installation shot of Lying in Gardens (2016). Image courtesy of the artist.
Image, left: Trevor Yeung, Live in Hong Kong, Born in Dongguan (2015). Image courtesy of the artist.
Digital Matters: The Earth Behind a Screen
Galleries 1 & 2
3 November –
4 February 2018
Thursday 2 November
6 – 8pm
Whilst the world is increasingly dependent on digital technologies, the physical impact of the electronics we use daily is often ignored. The complex internal structures of a mobile phone or a PC require not only the extraction of natural resources but also thousands of unique parts to be manufactured and disposed of in a cycle of production that enables us to engage in the digital realm. However, as the scale and potentially harmful impact of these processes becomes greater we must ask ourselves what is the social and environmental cost of our consumer desires?
Digital Matters: the earth behind the screen is a group exhibition exploring the relationship between the natural and the technological through artworks produced in Hong Kong and China and accompanying documentation. The participating artists attempt to interrogate the material foundations of our contemporary digital universe and its related socio-political and environmental concerns.
Artist duo MapOffice explore the numerous territorial disputes in the South and East China seas, in which the exhaustion of natural resources is a key issue. Design research studio Unknown Fields use animation and film to document the global production chain of electronic devices revealing the terrifying natural and social consequences of mineral extraction. New media artist Lin Ke playfully visualises nature in the era of climate change using only familiar software packages and his Mac’s user interface. Similarly, Yang Yongliang’s detailed digital motifs evolve from the traditional Chinese landscape tradition to question uncontrolled urbanisation and industrialisation in China, and how traditional customs and heritage are being forgotten and destroyed in the process. Ellen Pau and Dani Ploeger invite audiences to consider the threats of global production and consumption of electronics and start conversations about our role as consumers.
Curated by Marianna Tsionki (Research Curator, CFCCA & University of Salford) under the aegis of Manchester Metropolitan University as part of a curatorial industry based PhD.
Lin Ke, installation view of Robinson Crusoe (2011). Image courtesy of the artist.