2019 → TOKYO JAPANMNEMONIC combined light, sound, images and architectural structures to design a digital portrait of one of the world’s densest metropolitans, Hong Kong. In this portrait, old and new landscapes, natural and urban sceneries intermixed with synthetic computer graphics, suggesting a place that is of a complex and fluid nature. The multi-media elements of the work extend and mirror the multiplicity of the subject being represented, creating a kinaesthetic sensorium that engages the audience on multi-dimensional level. Black and white images of desolate countryside, abandoned farm house and swaying branches of tropical trees paint a nameless landscape that is both particular and universal, here and elsewhere. And yet the nameless scene is being interrupted and superseded by a quick montage of urban imageries: skyscrapers, highways, overpass, road signs, which names the unnamed. In the midst of this sensory chaos, the fluid gives way to the geometrical, the unstructured to the structured, the natural to the man-made, ultimately melting all that is solid into air.
Perhaps MNEMONIC is not only a portrait of Hong Kong but also a requiem or narrative about changes, changes that take place in any cosmopolitan area in the world. These changes are irreversible and perhaps unavoidable due to natural causes or human activities. But the desire to resist forgetfulness inspires WARE to find and create a sensory way to record and to remember these changes based on its mnemonic system. (Mr. IP Yuk-Yiu)
2019.10.12(Sat) - 2019.11.10(Sun)
Organized by: Tokyo Arts and Space (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Hong Kong Arts Centre
Co-curators: IP Yuk-Yiu, Hong Kong Arts Centre Curatorial Team
Photo: TAKAHASHI Kenji
Photo courtesy: Tokyo Arts and Space