and Extreme Weather
Exhibition April 27-29
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.
27 April: 3 pm – 11 pm, Tai Kwun F Hall
28 April: 10 am – 11 pm, Tai Kwun F Hall
29 April: 10 am - 7 pm, Tai Kwun F Hall
By Dr. ZENG HongAn 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 perception 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.