Terrestrial Excursions
Hong-Kai Wang

Para Site and Spring Workshop have the pleasure to present the sound performance Terrestrial Excursions by Hong-Kai Wang in collaboration with Yong-Chih Chang, Steve Hui, Samson Young and Miu-Ling Lam at Spring Workshop on 15 September, 15:00 – 16:30hrs.

As part of the exhibition The Floating Eternity Project at Para Site, the sound performance will use conversation as a mechanism to explore the process and technology of reminiscence. In Taipei, Wang recorded a discussion between herself and the Taiwanese composer Yong-Chih Chang on their memories of Ching Ming – a tradition linked with tomb sweeping. Based on the transcription of the exchange, actors and collaborators Steve Hui, Miu-Ling Lam and Samson Young are invited to re-enact the conversation and intervene as a way of revealing to the audience the process of unfolding memories shaped by circumstance and context.

The performance will be followed by a short Q&A session with the artist and collaborators.

The Floating Eternity Project is on view at Para Site between 14 September and 10 November 2013. This group exhibition takes its point of departure from a 2012 architectural proposal by BREAD Studio for an offshore columbarium in Hong Kong. Featuring works by architects, writers and artists, the exhibition looks at issues of land scarcity, the formation of memory landscapes through the traditions of death and mourning, and the history of graveyards and burials in Hong Kong through a mix of newly commissioned and pre-existing works.

The Floating Eternity Project is curated by Qinyi Lim.

About the artists

Hong-Kai Wang is a Taiwanese artist who works with sound as a conceptual means to investigate social relations and the construction of new social space, focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to production. Her work spans interventions, performance, workshops, publication and installations, in a networked excavation of social memory embedded in listening and sound as forms of perceptual, cognitive organization and of political questions of relation and harmony. Wang has participated in past exhibition such as Iaspis (Stockholm, 2013), Arnold Schoenberg Center (Vienna, 2013), Kunstvlaai Inexactly This (Amsterdam, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto (Kumamoto, 2012), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Montreal, 2012), DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague, 2012), Taiwan Pavilion, the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), IMO (Copenhagen, 2011), Festival Eletronika (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2011), Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain (Luxembourg, 2010), International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (2009), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2008), La Noche en Blanco (Madrid, 2007), 2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga.

Miu-Ling Lam is a Hong Kong-based media artist, robotic researcher and educator. She is currently an assistant professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD with a focus in robotics and wireless sensor networks. She joined the University of California Los Angeles as a Postdoc Research Fellow, where she conducted research in swarm robotics, bioinformatics, and physical intelligence. Her expertise also includes artificial intelligence. Lam began her art practice when she moved to Los Angeles. She works with a wide range of new media and cutting-edge technologies. Her artworks explore art-science and its implications to humans. Her earliest work “Streaming Nature” shown in the United States and Hong Kong has relocated the real-time soundscape from nature sites to urban area through network systems.

Steve Hui is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hong Kong, whose practice mines the boundaries between contemporary music, sound art, multimedia theatre and underground subcultures. He studied composition and electronic music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is a member of the band A Rollor Control and DJ at the club night, Sessions. Recently commissioned works include Zuni Icosahedron’s The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci and City University’s The Four Infinities.

Samson Young is a Hong Kong-based interdisciplinary media artist who originally trained in music composition. Young received a Ph.D in composition at Princeton University under the supervision of computer music pioneer Paul Lansky. In 2007, he founded the experimental sound advocacy organization Contemporary Musiking. He was Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Artist Associate in the 2008 – 2009 concert season, an organization for whom he’d developed a number of multimedia and music theatre productions. He is currently an assistant professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.


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