Date: 13-22 Jan 2017
Time: 9am – 7pm
Venue: G/F Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, Baptist University Road Campus, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong
Opening: 7pm, 13 Jan 2017 (Friday)
As a result of a transcultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration between four artists of different backgrounds, this series of work explores the concept of noise in a wider social and political contexts.
THE GARDEN OF SILENCE is a sound installation inspired by the theory of active noise cancelling. Three equal sources of noise are arranged to face each other in a triangle, where the audience is invited to interact with the piece, experiencing the chaotic overlap of the signals which may lead to islands of silence and amplification.
THE BUBBLE makes it possible to “actively” cancel noise by carrying a void, a white cube with a black interior, absorbing sounds and lights from the environment, providing a fleeting escape from the world. Passing through this portable cube, a mobile shelter, what are the effects of this passing sensory deprivation in different locations? With very different perspectives and approaches to the topic of noise, the artists searched for meanings as they experimented with the cube around the city and observed reactions within the society.
What is the ambiguity of the power to noise, silence, or censorship?
Is noise a necessity or is it necessary to get rid of it?
Is there a universal understanding of what noise is?
What is noise in the context of Hong Kong?
Does the act of silencing equal censorship? If yes, is it wrong to just want some peace and quiet?
This collaboration project brought together four artists of very different backgrounds to explore transculturality through the context of noise. The group consists of two musicians from Zurich University of the Arts (Giulia Cucini and Daniel Eaton) and two visual artists from MA in Visual Arts Programme of Hong Kong Baptist University (Terence Leung and Chi Chi Cheng).