COMISSIONED PROGRAMME: EMOTIONAL LUGGAGE & ROBOTS
COMMISSIONED PROGRAMME: EMOTIONAL LUGGAGE & ROBOTS
The sound produced when dragging a suitcase resembles a concerto composed by the people and the cities.
The artwork Emotional Luggage by musician hirsk referred suitcases as the stylus of a turntable, which produce sounds through interpreting landscapes—they are musical instruments that roam around the cities. Keith Lam, the curator of the Sensory Transcode exhibition, specially invited hirsk for a collaborative performance. Robots and the “emotional luggage” come together to deliver a stimulating experience by using different forms of lights, to explore, focus and envelop humans and machines in complete darkness.
hirsk, a producer and electronic musician born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated from the Electronic Production and Design program at Berklee College of Music.
By creating music filled with unique and inspiring soundscapes, hirsk was selected as an artist at the 2017 Pop Kultur Festival in Berlin, for the 2018 Ear Up Music Program in Hong Kong, and invited to perform at Frameworks Festival in Munich and Strawberry Music Festival in Shanghai. He also collaborated with jazz instrumentalists Blue Kwok (drummer) and Daniel Chu (pianist) to explore the possibilities between electronic and jazz music. Since returning to Hong Kong, hirsk has been actively collaborating with a diverse range of artists. He released his debut album noista/gia in 2020, which won him the title of “Producer of the Year, Instrumental” for the 32nd Golden Melody Awards.
Media artist, co-founder and artistic director of art and technology studio Dimension Plus, founder of composite space openground.
Keith Lam’s works have won awards at various international art festivals including the world-leading new media arts award Prix Ars Electronica, and Japan Media Arts Festival, among others. His works have also been shown in museums and art festivals around the world, such as the National Art Center in Tokyo, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Austria, New Technological Art Award Biennial in Belgium and Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Also committed to new media art and design education, Lam teaches and consults at various universities & institutions in Hong Kong with the aim of promoting digital fabrication in art.