CINEMA 2.0 Media Art Exhibition: Surviving the Glass System
25/2-12/3 | 12nn – 8pm | Pao Galleries | Free Admission | Opening on 25/2 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.

Modern men lives in a society of surveillance where our privacy is under constant threat. Surveillance comes in many different forms such as CCTV cameras, aerial drones, telephone tapping, computer data interception, GPS location tracking, etc. Surviving the Glass System attempts to reflect on the relationship between these forms of surveillance and contemporary technological as well as creative practices. The technology and nature of the cinematic medium is, indeed, core to many surveillance practices.


Ip Yuk-yiu


Featured Artists:

Julian Oliver / New Zealand, Germany

Björn Schülke / Germany

Adam Harvey / USA


Meet the Artists

25/2 (Thu) 6:30pm

On the opening evening, Julian Oliver will be here to share his idea and demonstrate his works, while Adam Harvey will show up in The Privacy Gift Shop to interact with his “customers”.

Supported by
Curated by
Art Direction and Spatial Design
Technical Support
In Collaboration With
The Transparency Grenade (2012, 2014)
Julian Oliver
(New Zealand, Germany)
In the form of a Soviet F1 Hand Grenade, this network intervention device captures network traffic and audio at the site and streams it to a dedicated server where it is mined for information, opening up a conversation about how much implicit trust we place in network infrastructure.
No Network (2013)
Julian Oliver
(New Zealand, Germany)
No Network is a mobile network jammer in the form of a battle tank, exploring fully functional, poetic manifestations of “cyber weapons” by blocking communication of GPS location services and WiFi networking.
Spider Drone #3 (2013)
Björn Schülke
It subverts the common idea of surveillance, turning the machine into a technological parasite that performs its own control parody. A camera arm extends from each’s insect-like body and advances according to the detected movements of the audience. Artwork courtesy of bitforms gallery.
Drone #9 (2016)
Björn Schülke
Its camera captures imagery and displays it on a video screen when not obscured by the mirrored reflections. Drone #9 attempts to discover the surroundings and is stuck in a state of self-absorption, questioning the benefit and danger of the use of surveillance technologies. Artwork courtesy of bitforms gallery.
The Privacy Gift Shop (2013 - ongoing)
Adam Harvey
《The Privacy Gift Shop》是一個集中各類反監控、保私隱的藝術品市集。阻截訊號的手機外殼、防止被無人機射殺的圍巾等等,最新最潮裝備盡在此間。實用或荒謬的貨品,將於展覽及網上商店同步發售。
28/2 (Sat) | 5-6pm | Curator Guided Tour
Guided tour led by curator Ip Yuk-yiu to share with visitors his curatorial concepts.
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
MinkeyFamily.com 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, MinkeyFamily.com represents the appearance of the society through the individuals’ eyes, which symbolises the lives of ordinary families at that time.
Katsuki Nogami
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
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
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.