CINEMA 2.0 Media Art Exhibition: Dark Mirror

6-20/3 | 12nn – 8pm | Pao Galleries | Free Admission | Opening on 6/3 6:30pm

Cinema is a medium of faces. In a dark cinema, no matter you are watching romance, action, comedy or a film of whichever genre, the silver screen is showing you faces of the actors and actresses most of the time. Faces of all kinds tell stories of all kinds. “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors” reflects, like a mirror, faces that you have encountered or never thought of, and through which you see yourself as much as you see others.



Ip Yuk-yiu


Featured Artists:

Heather Dewey-Hagborg / USA

hinseungback Kimyonghun / South Korea

Acci Baba / Japan

Supported By
Curated By
Art Direction and Spatial Design
Technical Support
In Collaboration With
Stranger Vision (2012-2013)
Heather Dewey-Hagborg
The artist collected hairs, chewed up gum, and cigarette butts from the streets, public bathrooms and waiting rooms of New York City. She extracted DNA from them and analyzed it to computationally generate 3d printed life size full color portraits representing what those individuals might look like, based on genomic research.
Cloud Face (2012)
Shinseungback Kimyonghun
South Korea
Korean artist duo Shinseungback Kimyonghun bring with them four works that work with face detection: Portrait detects faces in a movie on a per second basis and compresses them into one. You cannot see your face when looking into Nonfacial Mirror as soon as it detects your face. Cloud Face collects patterns of cloud that the computers see as face – and sometimes humans do. FADTCHA, on the contrary, tests whether you can detect faces in patterns that only computers do.
eternal return / op.1 wonderful world (2015)
eternal return / op.2 übermenschen (2016)
Acci Baba
An ape on a TV screen can speak out verses freely using 3D animation techniques. eternal return / op.1 covers phrases from Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”, whereas eternal return / op.2 is cited from Friedrich Nietzsche’s notion of “superman (übermenschen)”. The artwork coveys an immortal message to mankind to provoke a sense of obligation for the time being.
10/3 (Sat) | 5:30pm | Curator Guided Tour

Curator Ip Yuk-yiu will lead the guided tour and share with visitors his curatorial concepts.

The 23rd ifva Awards
Media Art Category Finalist
Starting from personal perceptions, identities and experiences, or departing from the natural or urban environment, or touching upon the topical Fin-Tech, or going back to the nature of a certain medium with a thorough understanding thereof… Familiar issues are defamiliarised by media, and artists push the boundaries of media through never-before attempts.
6/3 (Tue) - 20/3 (Tue)|12nn - 8pm|Pao Galleries|Free Admission|Exhibition opening and Media Art Category Awards Presentation at 6:30pm on 6/3
Apart and/or Together
Teppei Yamada
The artist collects heartbeat from ten people, and attaches threads to the speakers to represent different rhythms. But they sound in unison in the exhibition space. The phenomenon is similar to today’s society. We try to have sympathy towards others, but also want to establish identities through our differences. We may desire, contradictorily, “apart“ and “together“ at the same time.
Kazuhiro Goshima
This is a particular style of 3D movie. I try to express the “buggy” perspective with “time lag stereoscopic” technique. The faster an object moves, the larger is the parallax. The stereoscopic effect does not stand on the actual position of the objects. Although the perspective makes you feel normal, it's completely illusory. Enjoy the many paradoxes in your view.
hardworking circuit #1.3
Wong Chun-hoi
(Hong Kong)
hardworking circuit #1.3 is a realisation of a schema of monotonous, repetitive circuit, using as many units of relay switch as possible to bridge up the sequential extension of cables, merely for the purpose of electricity connection.
New Order / Siren Call?
Goh Uozumi
New Order / Siren Call? is a multi-media installation which visualises the existence of cryptocurrency – the new electronic currency based on cryptography and distributed network technology that is typified by Bitcoin and Blockchain. Rapidly changing the economic ecosystem, it will be the origin of our society’s new order. This work shows cryptocurrency’s structure, history, future and thoughts.
the ebb and flow of...
To Tsz-sum Janice
(Hong Kong)
This is a two-channel video work with two moving images placed opposite to each other. The videos simulate “mountains” and “waters”, in which the mountain-like scene is simulated with wave simulation tool, while the water-like scene is simulated with landscape models. It is a question of representation: are they mountains, waters, or neither of them? The scenes in seamless loop highlights the quality of transience and eternal changes in objects in time.
The Musical Instruments
Tse Chun-sing
(Hong Kong)
I have learnt different musical instruments but was never good at any of them. I wasted my parents’ efforts but I could never really explain to them... After all these years, I dismantle those old instruments, and with my personal preference and mechatronics techniques, reform them into a series of sound- making devices. By using these reformed instrument parts and music theory, my own sound is produced to perform a piece that was never heard before.
Wong Chi-chuen
(Hong Kong)
The noise of the spinning propeller, which drives the rotation movement, amplifies the uneasiness, tension and fragility of the human depiction. An LED TV is disassembled, modified and backlit by a custom circular light to become semi-transparent to display a stabilised video of a woman taken from overhead. Undermine contrasts and balances a disturbing kinetic movement with the slow pace of a natural body movement.
Victoria East
Law Yuk-mui
(Hong Kong)
Victoria East is a multi-channel video installation. Through four perspectives: mountain, sea, coast and wind, the artwork retraces the urban development of Tseung Kwan O under British colonial rule and urban planning policy in a century’s time.
Wave Series
teamVOID ( Bae Jae-hyuck , Song Jun-bong)
(South Korea)
Wave Series is a set of three lumino-kinetic works that create wave-like optical illusions from patterned movement formed by the combination of LED and a motor. The audience can experience different perceptions of space from rotating and dimming pixels’ relationships. There are three different types of wave and each shares the same algorithm and structure but results in different visuals. .