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The “New Works Commissioning Scheme” under Jockey Club ifva Everywhere involves invitation of ten creative practitioners / units to create new works themed around light and shadow play, exploring the infinite possibilities of media arts.

The ten new works are now unveiled at the Cinematic Playground! All the participating artists drain their creative juice to utilise media such as videos, installations, kinetic sculptures, to employ technologies from the most primitive optical principles to the most up-to-date computer programming, and to incorporate elements such as photography, projection, screen displays, signal transmission, etc., just to bring to you a brand new media arts experience.
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Artist
Lee Wing-shan Fiona

Artwork
Magical Menagerie
Artist’s bio
Media artist. Her works are often derived from the intersection between installation and performance.

Artwork description
Based on early cinema and the pre-cinematic world of light and shadow, Magic Menagerie places everyday objects in obscure positions to demonstrate their different physical possibilities. Together with the moving images generated with light and electricity, it re-create a spectacle like a circus performance.

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XCEED

Artwork
Resonance Aura IV
Artist’s bio
A Hong Kong-based new media art collective focusing on digital art installation, spatial experience design and interactive performance.

Artwork description
Resonance Aura IV uses the persistence of vision, sound and mechanical movement to present a new perspective of energy that focuses on our body, mind and soul. This kinetic light sculpture mimics a plasma ball visually, and sound of singing bowls combines with its relevant Chakras to generate ancient Solfeggio frequency for sound healing purpose.

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Artist
Cheung Hon-him Chris

Artwork
1% Static Snow
Artist’s bio
Artist / Designer. Artistic Director of XCEED, Creative Director of XEX. The aesthetics of his works reflect the beliefs in futurism and Chinese philosophies.

Artwork description
The fascination of television goes beyond the transformation of signals to moving images, and lies in its hidden secret in-between data. Static snow (white noises) that appeared on analogue TV screens was found by scientists to be related to cosmic background radiation signals which evidenced the big bang. 1% Static Snow is an installation that attempts to re-enact the birth of universe, presenting the big bang in a sequenced movement.

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Artist
Chu Lik-hang Henry

Artwork
Shadow Harp
Artist’s bio
Founder of pill & pillow design studio, new media artist, web designer.

Artwork description
Shadow Harp is a continuation of Squiggle and Reflection, my previous works that combine bodily movements with musical interfaces to create unexpected ways of performing. The audience can enjoy being the performer and the instrument themselves at the same time. By prompting viewers to move their bodies, this piece encourages interaction between families, friends, and even strangers to have fun together.

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Artist
Yeung Lai-ho Lio

Artwork
The Rabbit on the Wall
Artist’s bio
Founder of creative party Young and Innocent, art director and visual artist.

Artwork description
Seeing is believing? Not so in optical illusions. We have all played with hand shadows as kids like Sir David Wilkie’s painting The Rabbit on the Wall which depicts such a scene with a child shaping his hands to project a rabbit on the wall. Rabbit shadow has since become an icon of shadow play. This piece creates an illusion from a rabbit shadow and a variety forms of sculptures. After all art exists to inspire alternative ways of seeing, doesn’t it?

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Artist
Choi Chi-chung Tomy

Artwork
Gify-scope
Artist’s bio
Founder of cccdi ltd., specialising in digital solution, interactive computational design and new media creation.

Artwork description
Immerse yourself as one of the objects in a wonder animation, through the combination of new digital technologies and primitive physical principles of the phenakistoscope. By spinning still elements on a disc – including an image just taken at the photo booth – the moving images will create an illusion of motion. Try that on a print-out or an animated GIF file that spins digitally.

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Artist
Lam Chi-fai Jason &
Wong Yu-hin Sampson

Artwork
Pavilion for Our Harbour
Artist’s bio
A duo who started artistic collaboration in 2010, often combining new media art and art for social intervention. Jason Lam focuses on imaging and interactive design, and as urban researcher Sampson Wong’s artistic and curatorial practices lie more in politically-related art.

Artwork description
This harbour is, reportedly, once wide and deep. It defines Hong Kong. It has been named Victoria in 1861. Now with our city changing drastically, harbour becoming narrower, and more people standing at harbour front, can we still enjoy the tranquility of the harbour as in Ho Fan’s photographs or Yeung Hok-tak’s paintings? Pavilion for Our Harbour invites you to spend some time alone with Victoria Harbour, and you will receive a souvenir as a keepsake to remember being friends with her for __ minutes.

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Artist
Tung Wing-hong

Artwork
Two Boxes
Artist’s bio
A media artist whose works of art merge with kinetic sculpture and video installation.

Artwork description
Two brothers are confined in each of their rooms to labour for their own values, and they releases their stress periodically. They take turns to work and rest; when one is trapped inside, the other is obliged to stay outside. They oppose each other, yet they have never met and understand each other. Inside or outside, they look as if they were spectacles in a zoo. This work express the incompletion of what you see through the staggered opening and closing of boxes.

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Artist
Wong Wai-kin Kenji

Artwork
How's everything there?
Artist’s bio
Cross-media artist working with video, photography, action art and installations; photo/video journalist at Stand News.

Artwork description
I think of you. I utter your name, then remain silent. Names carry memory and emotions; tones vary with breaths. After being transmitted from this end to the other, names gradually vanish in the thin air.

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Artist
Wong Chi-chuen Kenny

Artwork
The Busyness
Artist’s bio
Media artist and multimedia designer. His works explore the delicate relationship between daily experiences and perceptual stimulations.

Artwork description
The Busyness offers a surreal scenario of a self-balancing see-saw and an apparently self-playing trumpet. In this kinetic system, side weights try to balance off random inclination of a circular weight, and the movement triggers the performance of a trumpet. The artist was inspired by a scenario of a taxi driver playing his trumpet while waiting for customers in the Bund, Shanghai.