With Self, Without Self: Installation by Chan Kai Yin

Apr 12, 2000 – Apr 30, 2000
Para/Site Art Space
2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Reception
Apr 14, 2000
6:00 - 8:00pm

Chan Kai Yin


The fifth work in the Sermon series by Chan Kai Yin, the exhibition expresses Buddhist thought through the interaction between installation and audience.

What is ‘I’? The dictionary definition says that it is a pronounce referring to the speaking ‘Self’. Then, what is ‘Self’? It also forms pronounce that refers to ‘oneself’. Subsequently, anything can be a ‘Self’. A cup can refer it’self’ as such, a bird can refer it’self’ as such, any human can also refer to one’self’ as such. Artists, of course, are them’selves’. We refer to ourselves as ‘human beings’. It is a title used in biology classification, referring to thinking entities that are made of blood, flesh, and bone. It is handy when applying so in our languages. It also carries the basic presumption of a ‘Self’- centred dichotomy that divides the world into subject/object. At the same time, it recognizes the existence of oneself.


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The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.



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Press release (2000/ex_5/box 1/5)

Exhibition catalogue (2000/ex_5/box 1/7)