Hong Kong new media artist HUNG Keung has been involved in the creative and research aspects of film, video and new media art internationally since 1995. He focuses on exploring human limitations, through interactive and moving digital images the artist ventures into extending these limitations with technology. In his latest installations and performances, Hung Keung further enquires on the intricate relationship between the viewers and these moving images. His works create a dynamic dialogue between time and space, viewers, and the artist’s experimentation with new media art.
HUNG Keung began to explore the new media and interactive art at the turn of the century, and preceded to develop the technological and conceptual aspects of the project Dao Gives Birth to One (2009 – 2012). The latest version of the project is interactive, in which Chinese calligraphies, cockroaches, ladybugs and other shapes projected on the wall crawl incessantly. When a viewer walks into the space of the work, his or her image is integrated in the interactive installation, recorded and transmitted on the screen as different shapes and Chinese characters swarm around and follow this new subject’s movements. How each spectator would interact with the work is completely unknown to the artist or the initial programme.
His latest work in the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong adopts a similar programme that was implemented in Dao Gives Birth to One, in which ink dots swam around the screen and follow movements of the speculators who come into the space of the work. Entitled Dao x Microcosmic Play and Appreciation (2013), the work is the marriage of the Dao Gives Birth to One project and Microcosmic Play and Appreciation (2013). The latter work is a reinterpretation of the ‘three distances’ concept through enriching the viewing experience from two-dimensional to four-dimensional. With an additional representation of time and space (a two-dimensional space only projects the physical world with length and width as directions that lie on a flat surface), viewers are immersed in a visual experience so close to real life as if it were part of their daily interactions.
Born in 1970 in Kunming, Yunnan province in China, HUNG Keung moved to Hong Kong at the age of three. He studied in the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1990–1992); Chinese University of Hong Kong (1992–1995) and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom (1996– 1998) with a MA in Film and Video; visiting scholar at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany (2001–2002). HUNG Keung is currently an Assistant Professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and completed his Ph.D (Digital media art & Chinese philosophy) of the Planetary Collegium, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland & University of Plymouth, UK. HUNG Keung is a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council and a non–board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority consultation panel. Before venturing into new media art, HUNG Keung produced numerous award–winning video and interactive art works between the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2005, HUNG Keung founded innov + media lab (imhk lab), which focuses on new media art and design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity. He is the recipient of the “Prize of Excellence” at the Hong Kong Arts Biennial (2001) and “Achievement Award” as part of the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards (2009–2010).
Written @ Schoeni Art Gallery, 2013