Artist 藝術家: Melati Suryodarmo & Xavier Le Roy
Curated by 策展人 Elysa Wendi 葉奕蕾 & Joseph Chen 陳敬元
Part of Jumping Frames Hong Kong International Movement Image Festival 2023
Co-presented by CCDC and Tomorrow Maybe, Eaton HK
13.09 - 06.10.2023
Initiated in 2021 as an exhibition sidebar of ‘Jumping Frames’, ’Expanded Space’ is a proposition to explore new possibilities of presenting movement/images beyond traditional screen-based cinematic formats. Aiming to instigate a multi-layer dialogue between different artistic practices and domains under the auspice of an interdisciplinary film festival, ‘Expanded Space’ reflects the festival commitment to probe at the intersections between performance and the moving image, cine-choreographies, and the body.
Over the years, ’Expanded Space’ has hosted a diverse collection of sound, object and media installation works that transmitted and transmuted filmic gestures and narratives into the spatially demanding gallery presentation. Extending its inquiry transversally, it has also included sculptural and kinetic installation works that questioned what constitutes the performative impulse and bridging the divide between movement- and image-making.
For ‘Expanded Space 2023’: (RE)PLAY, the exhibition will examine the archival strategies, considerations, and formats of two seminal artists working across the valencies of performance-making: Melati Suryodarmo, an Indonesian performance artist known for her durational and physically demanding performances; and Xavier Le Roy, a choreographer and dancer often associated with the development of the notion of expanded choreography that started in Europe at the end of the 90’s.
Each artist will present a lecture performance, UNPACKED No. 1: Love (2023) by Suryodarmo and Product of Other Circumstances (2009) by Le Roy, – that draws on the ‘Jumping Frames 2023’ themes of re-enactment and archival (re)construction. Emphasising their methodologies in archiving works, the audience is invited to re-imagine scenes and essences of their practice through objects, videos and still images.
「擴展的空間」乃「跳格」自2021 年起從電影院延伸至展覽空間的單元， 引發不同藝術實踐和領域之間的多重對話。「跳格」透過跨領域形態來探索超越傳統影像的呈現方式， 以及尋索表演與流動影像、電影編舞和身體之間的交匯點。「擴展的空間」過去曾展出一系列將影像形式和敘事轉化成於空間呈現的聲音、物件、媒體和動態等裝置作品， 並詰問構成展演的動力， 也結合了律動和影像製作之間的異流。
本年度展覽名為《重（構）/ 再（演）》，嘗試讓兩位跨表演創作領域的前衛藝術家—印尼行為藝術家Melati Suryodarmo及法國編舞家兼舞者Xavier Le Roy 併發火花, 探索他們的現場表演、記錄策略與形式。前者以長時及極耗費體力的表演著稱，後者則為90 年代末始於歐洲的非傳統「編舞伸延概念」推動及發展的重要人物。
二人回應本年度「跳格」的重演和檔案重建的主題， 分別為香港觀眾呈現一場講座式展演—Suryodarmo 的《拆開 1：愛》(2023) 和Le Roy 的《情境的其他產物 (2009)》。兩個展演將著重於強調他們在作品存檔的方法論， 觀眾將被邀請通過物件和影像等重新形塑藝術家的實踐場景與本質。
13.08 - 03.09.2023
Taking humour as a point of departure, the exhibition looks into the why’s and how’s of memetic irony: why do these devices share an affinity among Gen Z, and how are these memes—in Dawkins’ terms and in a contemporary vernacular—disseminated? In the era where ironic expression is nearly indistinguishable from sincere belief, meme makers conflate ‘based’ with ‘cringe’, readers take comedic scripts as half-truths. The virtual versus actual has become obsolete. So have art and memes that slowly morph into one another.
08.07 - 06.08.2023
Two Readings: Duo-solo exhibition by A.3.Lingo and Sunday Lai bring together dual artistic practices that interpret the signs in our world. By reading coincidence as signal and narrative, the 2 artists make magic with the material offered by Hong Kong
03.06 - 02.07.2023
Law Yuk Mui introspects into her memories of waterbodies, to an exponential speculation of the cosmology, informed by the observation and surveying of the stars above our heads and the land we stand on. Based on her previous works with field research on New Territories rural, Law re-enacts a raining ritual to revisit the Hong Kong water crisis in 1963, and unfolds tales of stellar worship in ancient China.
19.03 - 30.04.2023
Feature a cross-section of works produced between 2017 and present, New Pessimism: Tropical frontier reflects Natasha Tontey & Riar Rizaldi’s ongoing commitment to exploring the aesthetic of refusal, the campiness of social dilemma, and the horror imagery of social ecology in the tropical frontier.
11 - 26.02.2023
FutureTense, a non-profit making platform aims to foster collaborations and intellectual exchange in new media arts. The exhibition showcase award-winning and selected works from entries across Asia, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong.
26.01 - 01.02.2023
THEN / NOW features 25 photos shot on 35mm at 1995's Alternative Miss World Competition in London where Kary puts the audience in the subject and looks at how they use "outfits' ' as a form of unique expression. The project explores how music, art and fashion can be imaginative tools to address political and social issues under the then Margaret Thatcher regime - a time when fantasy, love and clubbing provided escapism to the throbbing underlying social issues that Britain was facing.
03.12.2022 - 15.01.2023
Based on the contents of SAMPLE’s ISSUE 27 “E pur si muove” and ISSUE 28 “Terra Forma”, artists Lazarus Chan Long Fung, Winnie Yan Wai Yin, Tang Kwong San, and Wong Winsome Dumalagan were invited to visit Hong Kong’s Port Island with a geologist, then create new artworks under the theme of GROUNDING, imagining the generation and transformation of the land.
Presented by SAMPLE Magazine
01.09 - 02.10.2022
In a collective contemplation to re-organize embodied memories and body order, the inherited system and independence between bodies, subjectivities, politics, place, and movement, what emerges through the works in this collection proposes a certain engagement to access possible unfamiliar flow in which our body's own reaction and participation gives shape to the experience.
Co-presented with City Contemporary Dance Company
22 - 24.07.2022
Encompass diverse forms of performances, including participatory art, endurance art, lecture performance, performative installation, 3-days live art showcase 'Fluidity and Impermanence' investigates the action of artists as artistic expression and engage audience participation in the creative process.
Co-presented with Per.Platform.
20.05 - 17.07.2022
Luke Casey’s solo exhibition, SPECTERS depicts a hallucinative, uncanny journey traversing the universes of nature, spirituality, and technology through photography and video artworks. The audience is invited to float in and out of worlds built by Casey, immerse themselves in the frontier of the imaginary, the reality and its hybrid, constantly shifting in between.
18.12.2021 - 06.02.2022
No Kids Allowed plays out as an irony in which we invite local young creatives to trespass and occupy the spaces in society where they are rejected to get in. Together, they transgress the expectations society uses to box them in. Tomorrow Maybe transforms into an experimental playground for emerging artists to embody their artistic visions.
30.09 - 31.10.2021
The exhibition “Expanded Space” relates to the concept of “Expanded Cinema”. By opening up and re-examining the framework of cinematic screening, we hope to explore new possibilities and potentialities to extend our moving image programme, not limiting to cinema presentation, providing a new sensory experience for the audience.
12.06 - 29.08.2021
With every inhale and exhale we are in an expanding and contracting relationship with our planet. The quality of the air, the way we breathe, and who can and cannot breathe have all became prescient questions in 2020.
This exhibition is about humans, trees, and the breath that connects us;
Through the work of 11 artists/collectives, the exhibition raises and explores the topic and contemplates the human relationship to what we consider “our natural environment”.
17.04 - 23.05.2021
Throughout their residency at Eaton, the group relinquish their own practice and adopt each other’s ways of observation, ideation and creation, hence imagine themselves as travelers exploring strange land with a foreign scope.
In the exhibition, ‘object’ is the incognito protagonist emerging from the mundane everyday scenario, they speak loudly to reveal the alienated aspects of the surrounding neighborhood, to act as the mediator of the ‘situations’ we engaged in. The artworks form a network of object, each of them complements the others, opening up a space for continuation of the fragmentized narrative embedded.
06.02 - 21.03.2021
We evaluate our world based on results, but we often fail to see the movements comprising each action that create these results. Movements are transitory and ephemeral, lost in time and always progressing. The movement never really ends.
This new series of work entitled Manifest Ephemeral by Ophelia Jacarini captures movements; suspending choreography and dance into sculptural installation and photography.
12.09 - 12.10.2020
Lean’s photographs bare the innocence of a teenager but the distance and awareness of someone with far more lived years. One is drawn into the childlike world created by the artist, a world soft to the touch and tender, balanced with curiosity and honesty that embraces and upholds the spaces, objects and people she captures. While her works are polished, and the worlds inhabited seem pristine, Lean’s subjects are not immune to emotional and physical pain. What she shows is the resilience they embody as life gently leaves its imprints.
20.06 - 23.08.2020
Greek philosopher Heraclitus had a famous analogy about life: "You cannot step twice into the same river". Time cannot travel backward, everything is always in a state of becoming. The only certainty is change, as such each moment is unique. During the process of making animation, with the help of software and tools, characters can flow fluidly back and forth in time, as though existing beyond time itself. Travelling between dimensions, pasts and futures and grabbing hold of the most precious moments, the ending has always already been drawn out for the animation characters. In “reality” we are unable to see the future and there is no way of reading the script of our lives. We are part of the current of time. There is a feeling that our destiny, unfinished, is still to be written.
Is this true? Are our destinies still to be written out? Or do we live in this illusion?
23.01 - 03.03.2020
Lo Lai Lai Natalie's solo exhibition “Give no words but mum,” featuring her moving image and installation works of the past two years that portray her inexplicably dependent relationship with plants. The most recent works include a personal private underground TV station “Slow-so TV: Give no words but mum” that continues to serve distracted audiences and provides them with programs to pass the time. Thoughts, uprooted together with the plants from the earth, the fine debris serenely scattered about, calmly reveal long-suppressed desires and obsessions.⠀
19.10 - 24.11.2019
South Korean-born German philosopher Byung-Chul Han quoted an example to explain Giorgio Agamben’s concept of ‘profanation’: During the recession period in Greece, a group of children discovered a large amount of banknotes in a ruined house. Instead of using them in the way money is supposed to be used, they started playing with it, tearing it to shreds. Profanation is an act of taking sacred things and turning them into mortal usage. By quoting this example, Han portrays a post-apocalyptic world where money has lost its meaning, and we are shredding paper for fun, like the act of ‘profanation’ by the children.
23.08 - 22.09.2019
Gummy candies are soft, gelatin-based chewable sweets. Gummies has a high water content, are available in a wide variety of flavors, and its shape, size, texture are easily manipulable depending on one’s desire and needs. Due to its high sugar content, gummy candies are very high in energy (a.k.a. calories).
By using the colorful and shape-shifting gummies as the point of entry, their works explore themes such as artificial bodies, beauty, corporeal desire, resistance, fluidity, and flexibility.
Curated by KY Wong with artists Alysa Chan, Chan Ka Kiu Clair, Cheng Ting Ting, Ho Sin Tung, Irving Cheung, Tsang Ching Sadako, Yu Shuk Pui Bobby
13.07 - 18.08.2019
The multi-component show includes new sculptural, sonic, architectural, and two-dimensional work. It continues Ho’s investigation into the perils and potentials of transnationalism. The topic resonates with the artist, who since 2016 has with greater frequency returned to Hong Kong after living and working in the States for several decades. The exhibition draws reference from political histories, transnational desires and infrastructures that mediate our travel, both consciously and unconsciously experienced.
13.05 - 30.06.2019
Being good means acting the same perfect way — but there are so many ways to be bad. Creativity and genius can be bad. Fluidity and queerness can be bad. Enjoyment and exuberance can be bad. For Father and Mother, even autonomy and independence can be bad.
Society normalizes our bodies to make sure we are good. We’d rather take flight in being bad. Just as the mechanisms of life have evolved by hacking our genetics with bad copies, we will use our bad bodies to hack the hegemonic systems of patriarchy, hetero-, and homo-normativity.
Curated by Nick Yu with artists Ip Wai Lung, Samak Kosem, Isaac Chong Wai, Mary Maggic, Rob Crosse, and Eisa Jocson
22.03 - 05.05.2019
Fragrant Little Haven takes a description from Geoffrey Robley Sayer. Hong Kong, means fragrant harbour in Chinese, was only a name of a village at the south of Hong Kong Island before the English came. It was a harbour for transporting the luxury Aquilaria sinensis trees, which produces agarwood, a valuable fragrant wood used for incense and medicine. One and half centuries have past, the artist found out that at least 180 streets in Hong Kong were named after plants.
04.03 - 13.03.2019
As a photographer, Siu Wai Hang’s practice explores the fundamentals of the medium of photography, while creating social and historical commentary. In this intimate show, Tomorrow Maybe provided an entry point into the artist’s ongoing examination into the medium particularly with time, as experienced, as perceived, both subjectively and collectively, and represented through form.
The exhibition includes notes from Zheng Mahler current research on a virtual history of opium in South East Asia, and transcripts from a forthcoming publication on psychedelics and technology catalysed during their residency at Eaton HK. Taking its cue from Thomas De Quincey’s 1821 text, ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater,’ the virtual reality experience transports the viewer into a phantasmagoric ‘opium dream’ through various moment’s in the history of opium.
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