The 21st ifva Awards – Media Art Category Finalist Exhibition

Ten pieces of media art work take you through a journey with which organisms in various forms are all connected. From sound science to the transformation of light, from bones to dialect, from the visible to the invisible, organisms existing in different forms are meant to be bonded with each other.

25/2 – 12/3 | 12nn – 8pm | Pao Galleries | Free Admission
Discussion session and exhibition opening on 25/2 4:30pm and 6:30pm respectively
Black Moves
Chan Ho-choi Carla / Hong Kong

Black Moves is an immersive video loop with surround sound that stages the spatial drama of a changing virtual landscape. It simulates the forming and de-forming of an amorphous black mass, creating an evocative sensorial journey that crosses between the boundaries of the physical and the psychological as experienced inside an alien dark cave.

The Elusive
Siu Wai-hang / Hong Kong

I believe we can understand humanity fromlandscape, even though the truth is always partially hidden and blocked. We must bypass these obstacles to see the truth (or desire). I created a mechanical device to catch and reconstruct the identity bit by bit, something I have long been searching for but always find elusive.

Ho Ying-tung / Hong Kong

iFerrum is a chemical art showing a real-time generative video using new constraints – the ferrofluid and the magnetic field. The concept originates from cybernetics. The system appreciates the gorgeous transformation processes of Ferrofluid under different circumstances, and how they generate arts.

Light Barrier (Second Edition)
Elliot John Woods, Mimi Son / United Kingdom, South Korea

The visual story follows the journey of a digital form. It begins by passing through the Light Barrier, so that this digital form transcends the limits of its home reality and enters into our physical one. It then explores the possibilities of its newly found physicality, whilst attempting to assert its digital identity. Finally the form travels through the Light Barrier again to pass away to the next reality.

Ming Jing
Chan Kiu-hong / Hong Kong

Wherever you go, problems always follow, even to different parts of the world. One end of Ming Jing is a set of over nine hundred bowls, each with a magnetic bead inside. The other end is connected to an infrared detector at the entrance of a Beijing gallery. When triggered by passers-by, signals are transmitted to the local end with four amplifiers to vibrate the magnetic beads, creating a ripple-like effect.
Minkey Chen, Chyu Lwo / China is a common household set up in the virtual network and it has reconstructed a similar space to history by extracting the family memory. By collecting the shared memory of one particular family from 1946 to 2005, represents the appearance of the society through the individuals’ eyes, which symbolises the lives of ordinary families at that time.

Katsuki Nogami / Japan

Rekion (crepitation) in Japanese refers to the intraarticular crackling sound among joints of body parts such as neck and fingers. As for the output, the sound is audible through parametric speaker (supersonic wave speaker) with super directivity. The speaker is attached to the robot that synchronises with the movement of the face of the performer. Audience can listen to the sound of the joints directly with their bare ears.

Kanno So, Takahiro Yamaguchi / Japan

This work consists of a series of original drawing machines and a system that integrate factors like observers and environment with movements of the drawing modules. The purpose of such robotic system is to, paradoxically, explore the meaning of “human creativity”, which we hypothesise to consist of imitation, learning and contingencies. Therefore this work takes the form of a trilogy.

Spring up II – Coexistence
Chen Yun-ju / Taiwan

Spring up II – Coexistence is a sound-sensitive installation consisting of motor-mechanisms that seem to contain small life-like organisms. These organisms are sensitive, and have the ability to hear and see just like humans and animals. Taking sound as a trigger to motivate the installation brings endless conversation between observers and their current environment.

voice from the root, reclaiming
Yip Kai-chun / Hong Kong

In the past two years, I had asked my father to teach me his mother tongue Hakka with a recorder in an impromptu way. Together with recordings of conversations with his relatives and friends, I jotted down notes in codes of Cantonese, Mandarin, English and self-invented symbols. The recordings are transposed to a TV set and two speakers. Audience can listen to the dialogues between me and my father and learn Hakka together.