In the past few years, there has been on-going redevelopment of some old districts such as Kwun Tong and North Point. Very recently, the plan to redevelop Kowloon City was launched, Jumbo Floating Seafood Restaurant, which has a history of more than 40 years, left Hong Kong to find another abode. Old memories melted to clear the site for new and perfect solids and orders.
In this huge wave, in the liquid community, individuals search for the group they can belong to, search for their position, just like a particle searching for its 3D coordinates under the traction of virtual forces in fluid simulation software. Empty Space focuses on the keyword “Liquidity”, which was inspired by Zygmunt Bauman’s research on Post-modernity. He described modernisation as a process of liquefaction from the start. It takes change as the only permanence, emphasises on speed and flexibility in time, and the obsessive, compulsive, unstoppable modernisation. The pursuit of a new and perfect “liquid modernity” brings about a forced and obsessive, continuous and perpetual modernization, and the places without this purpose have become invisible and empty spaces that do not need to be given meanings.
In watching and playing, we read the blank background, trying to find the empty space under the squeeze of modern construction, the lightness of the intimate relationship between communities, the ambivalence and ambiguity between solid and liquid, individual and community, and heaviness and lightness.
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Photo Credit: Eugene Cheung
Vvzela Kook is a new media artist who mainly works in audiovisual mediums, including performance, theatre, computer graphics, and drawing. Kook’s video works combine technology with her artistic practice to reproduce and convert urban cityscapes into an integrated virtual experience, guiding the audience on a cybernetic journey. The condensed textures in her works connect with sensual levels in our perception and reintroduce the unexplored potential of video as a medium. The narrative plays a vital role in her work, the transmedia storytelling is part of the artistic concept. Especially the mixing of delicate drawings, 3D printing and video game optics in her videos show the wide range of media and materials the artist uses to translate her research-based projects visually.
Kook has participated and shown her works in Kathmandu Triennale (2022), Para Site (2020), C-LAB (2019), MoCA Taipei (2019), Asia Society Hong Kong Center (2019), Tai Kwun (2019), Microwave International New Media Arts Festival (2016, 2018), PuSh Performing Arts Festival (2017), Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (2017), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015), and “89+” programme (2012) co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets.
Apart from the exhibition, a website-based multimedia walk is created to encourage audiences to stroll around the neighbourhood. Throughout the multimedia journey, audiences could discover the nearby and explore the changes of cityscape of 618 Shanghai Street.
BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY: https://www.notempty.space/
THE CREW & SPONSORS
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Urban Renewal Authority
618 Shanghai Street
Joyce Wong Hei-ting
Interactive Media Design:
Production of Fishball Cart:
CINE à holic Studio