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
洪 強 早年先後於香港，英國，德國及瑞士研修藝術。亦為 ‘德國學術交流獎學金’ DAAD 及 ‘亞洲文化協會’ 捷成漢伉儷獎助金 ACC得主。留德其間, 曾任教藝術於丹麥藝術及設計學院, 常往德國及美國不藝術學院講學及交流。洪先後畢業於香港理工設計學院、香港中文大學藝術系、英國倫敦中央聖馬丁藝術及設計研究院 (主修: 錄像及電影藝術)、瑞士蘇黎世藝術大學，獲頒哲學博士。曾任德國新媒體重鎮藝術與媒體研究中心 ZKM問學人, 亦獲邀往澳洲, 美國及加拿大駐留及從事與新媒體藝術相關研究項目 。洪自1995年起，一直熱衷於實驗短片及錄像創作、新媒體藝術和中國哲學及美學方面的研究。成立「燕老米的雅實驗室」（imhk lab），從事新媒體藝術研究及有關互動軟件藝術研發與應用工作。近年作品多集中討論以禪修、自然及心境體驗、哲學、山、水、墨、時、空的概念切入當代錄像及互動藝術所呈現之可能性。
洪強的藝術研究及創作專注於傳統中國 (時、空) 藝術理論、新媒體藝術及古典中國哲學關係。洪強近年較具代表性的互動數碼媒體藝術作品，集中於禪修、正念與身體的互動觀念及實踐。近年的數件大型戶外立體裝置藝術項目，也延續了這一獨特的創作方式。洪強的作品被香港藝術館及其他重要海外機構收藏。其文化研究作品系列剛獲頒: 香港設計師協會環球設計大獎2018: 優秀獎 及 德國國際創新博覽會: 創新作品銀獎。於 2011 & 2010，獲香港藝術發展局及香港藝術館頒: 年度最佳藝術家獎 (媒體藝術): 香港藝術發展獎 及 成就獎: 香港當代藝術雙年獎。
HK @ Tin Hau Comfort Terrace home, hong kong 2012