The Standard 2007













The essence of Hong Kong

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Protection and preservation of language is also a starting point for Hung Keung and imhk lab’s Bloated City / Skinny Language (version II) (2007). A whole room is dedicated to this installation where two screens are projected on to one of its walls. The person in front of the screen attracts the black marks and they come to life, virtually assembling around the arms or legs. Like Fantasia’s magician, the exhibition visitor determines the flow of these sticks which become Chinese characters. Hung’s idea stems from the complexity of traditional and simplified Chinese writing. 2008 will mark the abolition of the traditional characters and Hung wants to preserve this aspect of our collective memory, using advanced computer programs.

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