Videotage proudly presents the exhibition Looking Down by the FUSE resident artist Peter Alwast from December 13th to 27th. The exhibition is inspired by his experience and observations of Hong Kong and takes form as a four channel video installation, which combines video, 3D animation and drawing to explore the concepts of repetition, time suspended and how the vertical zones in the city becomes sites of social organization and contestation.
As Alwast’s first visit to Hong Kong, he was intrigued by the symbolic analogy between wealth and altitude. The richest people live with the most distance from the ground while the cities poorest literally occupy and sweep the ground beneath, with a conspicuous gap in between. As well, he expresses his insightful philosophy about life through the art work: the repetitive unfolding of time: the city sleeps, wakes, goes to work, comes home and at times goes wayward in repetitious rhythm. Through repetition, time appears to be suspended; we seem to be moving yet nothing changes except when repetition is broken by an object which falls to the ground. Repetition provides an illusory sense of mastery over time and space, regardless of the distance from the ground.
About the Artist
Peter Alwast is a cross media artist who has received a number of national and international awards. His work is held in public collections in Australia and the United States. Alwast’s practice employs a range of media including video, computer graphics, painting and drawing. Through the process of translation, his video works and drawings fold together different layers of representation, interchanging between real and virtual constructions of space. The constructed spaces within Alwast’s works are inflected with politics such as the use of appropriated images and text imbued with various kinds of utopian and romantic aspirations. In 1999, Peter Alwast was awarded a Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and since completing his Masters in Fine Art degree from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 2001, he has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Date: 13 Dec – 27 Dec
Time: 12noon – 7pm
Venue: Videotage, Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong