Where to go ? Where to come from? (V.4.0)

The artist, HUNG Keung is witnessing and involving such a change of Hong Kong, as well as this two significant students movement happened in 2014 and 2019. HUNG have been encountering 3 different layers of identity confusing situation since he moved to Hong Kong from China when he was 3. One culture shock was in 1986, one culture shock was in 2007, and the 3rd one is after 1997 - 2014 - and now - 2019. The artist then attempted to transform his body in-between these complicated and seems to be never ending identity confusing situation. Since the Yellow Umbrella Movement started in Hong Kong in 2014, the relationship between some Hong Kong citizen (particularly the teenage and University students) and Hong Kong SAR Gov (The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) have no longer as same as before. If The Umbrella Movement was regarded as a political movement that emerged during the Hong Kong democracy protests, then what happened in 2019, is even more long term protest movement, which have continued with no sign of losing steam for serval consecutive weeks on and off in Hon Kong different areas, even up to now.

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    5 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
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    Hong Kong
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Director Biography - HUNG KEUNG

Hung Keung, one of Hong Kong’s most innovative pioneers in the field of new media art in Asia.New & Digital Media Artist / Scholar / Researcher / Media Art Specialist / Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong / Director and Founder of innov + media lab (imhlab) / MA @ Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (UK) / Research @ ZKM (Germany) / PhD @ The Planetary Collegium, Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland) & University of Plymouth (UK), supervised by Prof. Dr. Jill Scott and Prof. Dr. Thea Brejzek.
His innovative practice encompasses interactive performance, installation art, experimental ink painting, photography, moving images and writing. Intrigued by the interconnectedness of time and space, as well as between the viewer and the work itself, his latest works incorporate moving digital images to explore human limitations and attempt to extend them using technology.
Hung is the recipient of many local and international awards. In 1998 he became the first Chinese video artist to win the prestigious BBC Short Film Festival’s “Award for Best Short Ambient Video” as well as the “Best of the EMAF Award” in the European Media Art Festival for his film, I Love My Country’s Sky. In 2001, his CD-ROM project “Human Beings and Moving Images” and interactive project “Dao Gives Birth to One” received numerous awards including “The Prize of Excellence” at the Hong Kong Art Biennale in 2001, as well as recognition at the International Festival of film and New Media Art in Greece and the international Festival of New Film and Video in Croatia. Hung’s videos and interactive art have received the Prize of Excellence at the Hong Kong Arts Biennial in 2001 and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Achievement Award in 2009. Alongside his individual practice and research, he leads “imhk lab”— a research lab he founded in 2005 that focuses on new media art and design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity. Hung is also an Associate Professor at the Education University.

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Director Statement

The genesis of my idea to create this piece could be dated back to my first visit to America in 2006. To me, this statue represents a dream and an ideal world at a certain point in history. But, as an artist new to New York, I felt stunned and surprised to encounter so many different kinds and types of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ in the city. Such an experience was amazing to mm which recalling my first impression of my first visit to Mainland of China 20 years ago. When coming back to Hong Kong, I could not help comparing these two different experiences. Different people from different countries are offered different rights to interpret each figure respectively. This is a simple observation, but one that touched me a lot, which lead me to further question: Where we are going? Where are we coming from?