Order of Things
video art from Hong Kong
Saturday, March 26, 14:00-15:30hrs Copenhagen (21:00-22:30hrs Hong Kong)
Kopenhagen Art Institute, Ny Carlsberg Vej 68 (Videotage, Cattle Depot Artist
The 21st edtion of Netfilmmakers online gallery
opens the window towards the East, more specifically the city of Hong Kong.
Three young artists from Hong Kong will deliver their version of new net-based
Under the title “The Order of Things” one can
find three brand new works of art produced specially for the Netfilmmakers
The launch of the new edition is marked as an
afternoon-event at the Kopenhagen Art Institute with a live webcast from Hong
Kong. The three Hong Kong based artists, Chilai Howard, Morgan Wong and Silas
Fong will participate in the event .
Hong Kong is culturally a vibrant and incredibly
interesting city. Officially Hong Kong is part of China but in its own
understanding the city maintains integrity as a unique, global metropolis
driven by a progressive belief in technological innovation, strong awareness of
the potential of new media and the global flow of capital.
The 21st edition of Netfilmmakers asks the
question of how to understand “order” and structure in the global cultural
intersection. This calls for a reflection upon values, identity and history.
The three invited artists represent young and
strong individual voices on the current Hong Kong scene of video and media-art.
They have chosen widely different thematic and conceptual approaches to the
project. Each has found a clear, unique and sometimes humorous path.
Silas Fong playfully investigates the principles
of how one finds videos and images in the (dis)order of the internet. In his
work he thematises not only how we organise and store images but also how we
recall them both personally and technologically.
In his contribution Morgan Wong plays with the
idea of permutation. Permutation is a process that involves reordering of
elements in a given order. An example is an anagram where reordering the
letters in a word creates a new word. The process of permutation involves a
systematic investigation of possible orders - if not all possible orders. Maybe
artistic practice can be understood as a process of permutation - a realisation
of possible orders?
Finally Chilai Howard works with the
relationship between the conscious and the unconscious. He asks how we create
our image of reality and how we think of ourselves in this image. While we
understand ourselves in one way we might actually be governed by another.
“The Order of Things” is curated by Zeenath
Hasan and Rune Søchting.
Besides Kopenhagen Art Institute that hosts the
opening of the online-exhibition in Copenhagen the media-art institution
Videotage co-presents the event in Hong Kong. Videotage has for a decade been
an important independent organiser of video- and mediaart in Hong Kong. A live
online link to Videotage will be established for the event supported by the Hong
Kong Arts Development Council.
Netfilmmakers is an online gallery that has
existed since 2004. With the 21st edition the website is relaunched in a new