is an exhibition of sound works that surveys Hong Kong visual artists and their relationship with sound. The project is connected to the development and introduction of sound in association with visual arts. The exhibition is constructed around two singular moments in the History of Art—the avant-garde in the early decades of the and the development of in the late 60s and 70s.
The exhibition also draws on the relation and collision between high and low technologies, and the ideas of the modern in contemporary art. Several strategies have been developed to address these issues, specifically through the deliberate installation of low-tech display in the exhibition. The choice of using CD player, an obsolete technology that was iconic in thebut totally archaic now, contrasts with the technology that artists use today to construct their sound works. The inclusion of CD players, one per artist, aims to highlight the sculptural possibilities of sound. Each work is displayed through a modern plinth made of Chinese fibre, on top of which a CD player sits with two headphones. A total of eleven such units, one per artist, originate an unrestricted itinerary for the audience through the space, into which the idea enjoyment and contemplation of the work of art is also brought. This exhibition model is amplified through the use of modern era wall pigment, readdressing the issue of how sound is valued within the art community and the museum environment.
includes artists from a variety of backgrounds who are currently working on different media, from artists who consider themselves as sound artists to visual artists who commonly use sound as an identifiable media. . All the works included in the show are connected to Hong Kong or the idea of Asia. makes his first appearance to Chinese audiences through an installation that narrates the story of a .
The exhibition includes the publication of a bilingualcatalogue comprising descriptions of the selected works and essays by specialists within the field.
Events that come with the exhibition include awith the artists and two Gallery Talks held by Para Site Art Space, as well as a three-class workshop presented by independent organization
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.