brings together eight artists from the , five artists from , who each re-constructs reality in distinctively different ways.
Reality is an extremely private, individual experience and it is impossible to agree on a general description. The notion of reality is contagious; through communication we spread our views, and reassess our beliefs about of it. In, exploding cities and escalating privatization of space and environment create surroundings that are increasingly artificial. Public spaces re-emerge as planned entertainment zones, advertising becomes the skyline, shopping shifts from street-life to shopping mall, and old neighborhoods are urbanized into gigantic commercial and living towers. In large cities, especially in the sprawl of the , the established city-construct of Hong Kong clashes with the ambitious free wheeling communist/capitalism of the region. In this quarrel, different ways of systems and lives are challenged.
The way people respond to these changes in the surrounding and the perception of people, and in turn their reception of reality, is impossible to describe in a single form or object. The artists inuse a variety of medias such as sculpture, drawing and video to represent their experiences of these overwhelming changes. Artists re-constructing reality, in all its striking irregularity, helps us understand how we perceive, imaginatively warp, and ultimately alter our own and other people’s realities.
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.