Curated by UK-based, this programme brings together twelve short videos by different mostly younger international artists. The selected videos examine different methods and ways of acting in public and of public speaking. The individual works aim to approach the idea of public space, while dealing with questions of how artistic production and intention can be realized within institutional or public spheres. Some of the artists involved take on different roles or have founded public or private institutions themselves. Raising a voice in public can have many different connotations, whether it is institutional information, a press conference or on a TV appearance, screaming madly in public places, or the murmur of voices in a public library. We are aware of the constant presence of public voices and gestures, whether institutional or unofficial, not only in times of heightened concerns for general security.
represents a mutating bureaucracy and free-floating gallery environment and is based in London. have researched various institutions and corporations as locations for a series of interventionist video performances and installations. As a result, they have collaborated with other artists and professionals, such as actors, architects, economists, or curators and have entered and collaborated with institutions like the Stock Exchange, Television, the Police or an immigration office. These collaborations were attempts to find out whether and how it is possible to perform within institutional contexts, by subtly introducing parallel narratives within these coded environments. There, is trying to extend our understanding of and to re-define the image of the artist profession and place of work and to speculate on future functions of art and artists in society.
For the exhibition at Para Site,presents a series of video works within a mini cinema installation. This includes several videos as well as a programme of videos by different international artists from the .
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.