The Noblest Pain

‘Nostalgia is the noblest pain’

-Johann Gottfried von Herder

‘Sea project’ is inspired by a wave of nostalgia for my homeland- Hong Kong since I moved to Berlin, Germany two years ago. Given the geographical location of Hong Kong, she is surrounded by deep waters. Berlin, on the contrary, is an inland city and a sea is lacking. I have been missing the sea in Hong Kong ever since I moved to Berlin. To me, seaside is a memorable place where I built relationships with significant others, chilled out and enjoyed some alone time. Life in Germany has been wonderful for me – great experiences gained, inspirations gotten and changes in life encountered. However, a sea is missing in Berlin.

Thus, I posted some seawater from Mirs Bay, Hong Kong to Germany which was then poured into the Baltic Sea, Germany. At the same time, some seawater from the Baltic Sea was as well kept in a water bottle. The two bottles of the seawater from Germany and Hong Kong were put next to each other in the installation. The distance between the two seas is now minimal, the limitation of distance is eliminated.

The project also covers stories of the two seas. Years ago, the Chinese escaped from the Communist Party by swimming from Mainland to Mirs Bay, Hong Kong; while Baltic Sea was where east Germans escaping from the DDR would pass by while they swam from Rostock, Germany to Denmark. The similarity between the two seas is a destiny, connecting the two of them together.

This project is still ongoing. Every sea has different stories, but yet similar. This journey of seawater collection will allow me to rethink the connection between the ocean and myself and the relationship between nature and men.

  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 9, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Hong Kong
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Turn on, A moving image exhibition
    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    August 24, 2017
  • Full Stop, Final show of Pilotenkeuche International Artist Residency
    May 20, 2017
  • Diese Garderobe, Rundgang 2017, HGB
    February 9, 2017
Director Biography

Law Ho Man (b.1992) is an independent artist from Hong Kong. She is now working and living in Berlin. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014. Her works examine about identity, race and language by creating videos. Her works has been exhibited in various institutions in Hong Kong and Germany.

2016-present, Diploma of Media Arts, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB)

2011-2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Study trip

Aug,2012 Art Tour in Germany, supported by CUHK

Artist in Residency

May,2017 Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency, Leipzig, Germany


Turn on!, A Moving Image Exhibition, a.m. Space, Hong Kong 2017
Full Stop, Final show of Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency 2017
Rundgang 2017, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany 2017
Wire Arts Experiment, vol. 2, Berlin, Germany 2015
‘Mobile Cinema @ City Visions Jena’, Jena, Germany 2015
‘Hairly’, Law Ho Man Solo Exhibition, Ako Berlin, Germany 2015
‘Vanishing Line’ I-care sponsored exhibition in Cheng Ming Building, CUHK, Hong Kong 2014
‘We Don’t Drink Water’, The Art of CUHK 2014 Graduation Exhibition in Art Museum, CUHK, Hong Kong 2014
‘/ˈpraktɪs/’ Lai Oi Ki and Law Ho Man Joint Exhibition in New Asia Ch’ien Mu Library, Hong Kong 2014
‘FFFF’ Joint Exhibition in Hui Gallery, Hong Kong 2013
‘dOCUMANTA(13.5)’ , The Exhibition of Art Tour in Germany, Hong Kong 2012
‘CUHK Fine Arts’, Annual Exhibition, CUHK, Hong Kong 2012
‘Happy Birstday’, The Year One Showcase , Joint Exhibition, Hong Kong 2011
‘Cheerful Studio’s Students Joint Exhibition’ in Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong 2010

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Director Statement

macht sichbar
Visibility of invisible objects
is the same as the flowing consciousness
Experience is neutral
Bit of being my gravity