Videotage is pleased to present the exhibition Squint by the FUSE resident Kenny Wong. Squint is a kinetic light installation consisting of 50 mirrors, inspired by Wong’s curious observation of the sunlight bouncing around in our artificial habitat. Moving through the space and at times capturing the flickers, the audience is guaranteed a playful exploration of the nature of light.
Squint draws from various daily experiences in its abstraction and incites the audience to expand their interpretation of lights and perceived imagination into a non-linear experience. Everyday people are dynamically moving around in the city, sunlight reflects and flickers even when it is indirect and hidden behind objects. As we move, we constantly experience the shift of light intensity, visual patterns and textures. These varieties of light form inspire Wong to explore the potential of light textures, and to select and sort out the combined complexity in urban spaces. In the exhibition space, the mirrors track and reflect lights on the audience’s face with composed patterns of movements. It extends the generated perception by focusing on how lights pass across our visual senses physically, and combines with our perception of images through flickering.
Sound Artist Dennis Wong aka Sin:Ned will cross over with Kenny’s installation, depicting the sound of Kowloon City amid the flickering of mirrors. Dennis collected 13 sound tracks on 13 old streets in Ma Tau Kok. In the performance, Dennis will interpret the sound of “13 Street” with experimental and electronic process, and orchestrate them with the installation. Mingling in the light and space, the audience is going to hear the humming of little stories, a song about the uncertain future of an abandoned glory age, or nothing but a pale and rootless nostalgia?
About Kenny WONG
Kenny Wong Chi-Chuen is a Hong Kong media artist. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong in 2011.Wong puts emphasis on art and multi-discipline research to express the delicate relationship between daily experiences and perceptual stimulations. Wong’s interests include exploring visual patterns, alternative perceptual states, sound textures and presenting work of art by creating new experience for audience as the form of interaction. Wong’s recent neuroscience-art work “10Hz” received the Gold Award at the 16th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards and was exhibited in various exhibitions. His video work “Human Body” has been exhibited across Hong Kong and Korea. Furthermore, as a collaborating artist, multimedia designer, mechanical engineer/designer and art researcher, Wong actively collaborates with other media artists, sound artists and theater performers.
About Dennis WONG aka Sin:Ned
Improviser, experimentalist and noise practitioner from Hong Kong. Advocator of sonic mysticism for freedom against the system in chaos and errors. Co-founder of Re-Records and advisor of soundpocket. Founding member of No One Pulse and After Doom. Currently running the live performance series NOISE to SIGNAL. Being a veteran writer of the legendary Hong Kong alternative music magazine MCB (Music Colony Bi-Weekly), his writings had influenced a wide spectrum of experimental musicians and listeners in Hong Kong and China. As a sound improviser, he has offered performance and creative work for concert, sound installation, workshop, audio-visual and theatrical performance. He had taken part and performed in HK Sound and Vision Festival (2003), Get It Louder (2007), Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (2007, 2009), Architecture is Art Festival (2009), Notch Festival 2009 Guangzhou Station (2009), Against 2012: Fukuoka Extreme Music Festival (2012), New Vision Arts Festival (2012), Miji Festival (2013)…etc, and collaborated with artists such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Otomo Yoshihide, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Alfred 23 Harth, Yan Jun, Torturing Nurse, dj sniff, and Dickson Dee…etc.
Workshop: DIY musical instrument with second-hand electronic components
About the exhibition
Duration: 4-31 Jan 2014 12:00-19:00
When: 11 Jan 2014 Sat 15:00-17:00
Dennis will guide the participants to make ‘musical instruments’ with second hand electronic components. With the re-cycled components, participants will not only enjoy the creative process but also play music together with Dennis at the end of the workshop.
When: 18 Jan 2014 Sat 14:00-17:00
Under the guidance of Kenny, the participants will transform old or broken hard disks into sound devices. Besides a richer understanding of new media art and green approaches of artistic practice, participants can also bring the DIY ‘speaker’ back home!
When: 18 Jan 2014 Sat 19:15-20:30
Add: Videotage, Unit13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Courtesy of the artists and Videotage, for further information please visit videotage.org.hk.