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Nature

Art, Science
and Extreme Weather

Exhibition April 28-29

Art and design students from City University’s School of Creative Media worked directly with meteorological data from the Hong Kong Observatory to create new media artworks that address the danger and damage of Super Typhoon Mangkhut and extreme weather through animation, film, experimental photography, sound and programming.
28 April: 10 am – 11 pm, Tai Kwun F Hall
29 April: 10 am - 7 pm, Tai Kwun F Hall

The Artworks

Luminate the Loominate
Cyrus LEUNG and TY Lok Yi (Hong Kong)
Interactive Installation
Once Upon An Ice
Fruzsina TAKÁTS (Hungary)
Video Documentation
of Performative Installation
From 0 To The Point
TAM Kai Fung (Hong Kong)
Media Installation
Candle in the Wind
SOO Hon Ling Zoe (Hong Kong)
Video documentation of performance; Sculpture
Take a Deep Breath
KWAN Lok Tung, Tate (Hong Kong)
Sculpture
Solar Nights
Kira Joy MIELKE
and Jana WICKLEIN (Germany)
Photographs
Look Through Plastic
CHAN Mong Sum Jonathan (Hong Kong)
Mixed Media Sculpture
Elements of the Future
Skyguy Mok (Hong Kong) and Marius RICHTER (Germany)
Photographs
Typhoon Monument
Cyan Ma (China)
Sculpture
Discharge
Daniel WAI (Hong Kong and US)
Sculpture
MTR. Veins
Márton TŐKÉS (Hungary)
3D Data Visualization
Winds of Blakeana
Márton TŐKÉS (Hungary)
3D Data Visualization
ong Kon
YEUNG Sik Chai Martin (Hong Kong)
Film
Fry Hong Kong
JI Ziwei (China)
Video Documentation of Site-specific Performance
Wind-ow
SHEK Ka Lok Wesker (Hong Kong)
Interactive Installation
Uprooted
Dóra Mátyás (Hungary)
Installation
Cyberstump
WU Wendong Daniel (China)
Interactive Installation
Hong Kong Night Machine
John CHEUNG (China)
Light Installation
A Bittersweet Reminder
Andy SCHAUB (Switzerland)
Sound Installation

CURATORIAL STATEMENT

By Dr. ZENG Hong

An eidetic image is a psychological vision, a type of vivid mental picture that is not necessarily derived from an actual external event or memory. This exhibition invites the audience to reflect on one highly influential “eidetic image”—our imagination of the atmosphere and Earth. The scope of that image ranges from the famous “Blue Marble” photograph taken from space to colored graphic spirals of impending typhoons and on to dense layers of pollution hanging above cities. Departing from the eidetic image, the exhibition asks us to question our perverse beliefs. Are we still considering Earth and its atmosphere as a natural system that is self-balancing and self-healing? Does the rhetorical reference to Earth as “our planet” give us the right to intervene in this natural system as part of our so-called “technological development”? Could we go beyond these perverse beliefs to reimagine a sustainable future that is not only environmentally, socially, and economically viable, but also resilient? And can we get rid of those eidetic images to reconnect our perfection with our affection? Addressing such questions, this exhibition showcases over 20 projects that combine art, science, and environmental activism to aesthetically and scientifically represent the challenges posed by climate change, aerial traffic congestion, and disaster response.

Representing the situated meteorological phenomena in Hong Kong, many featured artworks react to the recent environmental trauma caused by super Typhoon Mangkhut. The danger, drama, and devastation of the storm resonates in artworks that incorporate upcycled wood from victim trees, the Hong Kong Observatory’s meteorological datasets of the event as it swept through our lives, and memorials to those lost in its destruction. In addition to extreme weather, the exhibition presents urgent issues such as sea level rise, the greenhouse effect, air and light pollution, microplastics, and aerial traffic congestion to the public via diverse new media art forms. It serves to reconnect us to nature and the world through artistic sensitivity, in a similar vein to which the wind, rain, fog, and sunlight carry sensations to our bodies.