If words are a symbol of sound, what sound would a piece of paper without words remind you of?
This artwork establishes its tone with eight sound installations, each installation is constituted by paper, motor, air compressor and LED lights. Papers and different parts of these installations not only make different sound but produce different shapes and visual effects at the same time. The recurring sound and movements of the flapping papers sometimes resemble the fluttering wings or a shot at the dartboard. All sounds produced on site are transmitted simultaneously to a computer programme and handled with special effect to strengthen the possibilities of sound. As if a chapter performs with paper, within this chapter full of banging sounds, hope this whole installation can allow your hippocampus to influence different memories and imaginations.
GayBird is a Hong Kong composer and media artist. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a MPhil in creative media and from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a MA in music composition and electro-acoustic music. Since 1996, he has started working in the Hong Kong music industry and arts scene.
His sound installation works have been exhibited in art festivals around the world including Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), OzAsia Festival (Australia), Digital Art Festival (Greece), EXIT Festival (France), Digital Performing Arts exhibition (Taiwan) and ifva Everywhere (Hong Kong). Recently, his sound installation Fidgety won the 3D/Interactive Award in the renowned Lumen Prize for Art and Technology in the UK.
GayBird’s innovative projects in recent years have allowed him to connect the architecture, media installation, visual art in live performances. He was commissioned by M+ museum to create a site-specific performance 18 Ways to Create or Mute Sound. He collaborated with the award-winning film director Tsai Ming-Liang in the visual music performance One Zero. He was commissioned by the Hong Kong Visual Art Centre in taking their 100-year-old heritage site for the work – 18 Scenes in a Cage, and Emergency Kit and Wishing Pool which was set at a swimming pool.