The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has been presenting large scale media arts exhibitions since 2006, and this year will see the fourth edition with the theme “Fleeting Light”. World-renowned media artist Jim Campbell and local artists Leung Mee-ping and Samson Young have created light- and shadow-themed works on various media. Their creations are spread across the city in a scale unprecedented by previous editions of the project.
“Fleeting Light”, presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) and organised by the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong (CityU), in association with the Art Promotion Office, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, has just been officially launched tonight (10 September, 2014) with ceremony taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The lighting ceremony was officiated by Ms. Florence Hui (Under Secretary for Home Affairs), Dr. Wilfred Wong (Chairman, HKADC), Ms. Ellen Pau (Chair of Film and Media Arts Group, HKADC), Prof. Jeffrey Shaw (Dean of School of Creative Media, CityU / Curator) and Prof. Maurice Benayoun (Professor, School of Creative Media, CityU / Curator). Dr. Wilfred Wong stated that the HKADC aims to “create an ever awesome artistic experience for the people of Hong Kong”, whereas Ms. Florence Hui saw the exhibition as an initiative that “encourages public participation in media arts.”
After the lighting ceremony, guests’ attention was shifted to the other side of the harbour to witness the launch of Jim Campbell’s “Eternal Recurrence” on the façade of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), with men’s shadows swimming up and down the external wall of Hong Kong’s tallest building. This commissioned work is the biggest, in terms of size, that the artist has ever created, and appears breathtakingly stunning to the audience. Besides, Jim Campbell also brings his “Scattered Light” that is now erected at the Edinburgh Place in Central, which is a structure with 2,000 light bulbs in an apparently random matrix. Upon a closer look, shadows of people seep into the audience’s eyes, moving in and out of the light bulb maze. After the ceremony, guests were transported to Edinburgh Place to attend a special guided tour led by Jim Campbell himself. To re-visit the artist’s many other creations, the retrospective exhibition “LIGHT MATTER The Jim Campbell Experience 1990-2014” will be held from 12 September onwards at the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre as part of “Fleeting Light”.
“Fleeting Light” also features two local artists. Leung Mee-ping’s “Star Pupas” restores in a tent starlight that is often absent from our sky because of light pollution. Visitors can “name” the stars with a special mobile app. The more people will participate, the brighter the inside of the tent will be. They can even share the starlight and what they think and feel at the moment of “naming” the stars through the mobile app, to light up others’ lives with love and care.
Another artist Samson Young’s “Stanley” creates artificial sunlight on an indoor beach, together with other works, to reflect on a forgotten chapter in Hong Kong history. From the digital image of “Day Joyce Sheet”, and important artefact from the Stanley Internment Camp during World War II, he extracts the embroidered signatures from the sheet and superimposes them with one another on photos of sunny skies. He also creates sound installations with archival recordings of interviews with Stanley internees, striking a huge contrast between the dark history and the bright artificial sunlight in the exhibition.
“Fleeting Light” is curated by Prof. Jeffrey Shaw and Prof. Maurice Benayoun of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. The curators say, “‘Fleeting Light’ allows us to re-examine the deeper meaning of ‘light’ and ‘shadow’ in the urban context where the city is over-saturated with illuminations, and to put the enjoyment of it back into focus.” Activities of “Fleeting Light” will take place from September to October at various places in the city.
|Stanley *||Samson Young||17/F, Midtown POP, Soundwill Plaza ll, Causeway Bay (1 Tang Lung Street)||2 Sept to 2 Oct||10:00–20:00|
|Eternal Recurrence||Jim Campbell||façade of International Commerce Centre Building (ICC) (Best viewed from promenade from Central to Wan Chai)||10 Sept to 8 Oct||19:00–19:40
|Scattered Light *||Jim Campbell||Edinburgh Place, Central||11 Sept to 1 Oct||18:00–23:00|
|LIGHT MATTER The Jim Campbell Experience 1990-2014*||Jim Campbell||M9001, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong (18 Tat Hong Road)||12 Sept to 12 Oct||11:00–19:00 (Mon – Sat)
|Star Pupas*||Leung Mee-ping||Lower Piazza, Hong Kong Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui||14 Sept to 28 Sept||18:00–22:00|
|“Stanley” - ArtistTalk**||Samson Young||17/F, Midtown POP, Soundwill Plaza ll, Causeway Bay||9 Sept||19:00–20:00|
|Artist Symposium||All artists||M3017, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong||15 Sept||12:30–18:00|
|Artist Workshop||All artists||M8061, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong||16 Sept to 18 Oct||13:30–18:00|
|“Stanley” - Artist dinner-performance – “Mustard Rice” **||Samson Young||17/F, Midtown POP, Soundwill Plaza ll, Causeway Bay||18 Sept
* There are Guided Tours for the exhibitions. Details are available on www.fleetinglight.hk.
** Please register by sending email to email@example.com for activities for “Stanley”.
*** Please register Artist Symposium and Artist Workshop by sending email firstname.lastname@example.org. The quota for Workshop is 15. Application should include a short application letter (no more than 150 words). CV is also welcomed.