Sungsil Ryu's work focuses on the mechanics of materialistic desire in modern-day Korea, which is influenced by the complex intertwining of traditional Korean Confucian values and the US-led neoliberal global order. She employs a unique style of black comedy and uses a variety of mediums, such as video, installation, and performance, to reinterpret cultural phenomena.
Sungsil was a winner of the 2021 laureate of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang and her works have been shown in various important art institutions in Korea and the world, Nam June Paik Art Center, Transmediale in Berlin, Singapore Art Museum, etc.
July Weber is a choreographer/dancer, visual artist and set-designer. With training in sculpture and choreography in Germany, Austria and Holland, July's work deals with spaces of interaction involving body, material and movement and intersects visual and performance art.
Makita explores how experimental electronic music, through melancholic and cathartic melodies, can be a refuge in a world that is falling apart. Based in Berlin, she left the theatre, noise and performance project Whisky in her hometown in the north of Argentina to take the helm in solo presentations or in collaboration with other artists, using mostly synthesizers and vocoders to create dark and diffuse atmospheres mixed with a bit of melodic drama.
This is part of Eaton HK Consciousness Festival Artist in Residency.
Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as an artist since 1991. Since 2018, he has worked as Professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen (Germany).
Le Roy develops his work like a researcher, while simultaneously focusing on the relationships between process and product and his own involvement in the process. His latest works investigate the time and space of exhibitions as well as the specificity of the relationships between spectators and live art works that exhibition spaces, museums or other public spaces allow.
Melati Suryodarmo is one of Indonesia’s most important living artists, currently living and working in Surakarta, Indonesia.
Suryodarmo earned a degree in fine art and an MFA in performance art at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany under the tutelage of Marina Abramović and Anzu Furukawa. Her practice is informed by Butoh, dance and history, among others. Her work is the result of ongoing research in the movements of the body and its relationship to the self and the world. These are enshrined in photography, translated into choreographed dances, enacted in video or executed in live performances.
Natasha Tontey is an multidisciplinary artist and designer who has just been listed as ‘Future Great 2023’ by ArtReview. Her works have been shown in transmediale (Berlin), Auto Italia (London), Leeum Museum of Art (Seoul), etc, and are now showing in Singapore Biennale 2022.
Riar Rizaldi is an award winning artist and filmmaker. His works have been shown at various international film festivals (including Locarno, IFFR, Viennale, etc) as well as Centre Pompidou Paris, Istanbul Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennale amongst others.
During their residencies at Eaton, they will research on the social and ecological situation in Hong Kong in relation to Indonesia.
Tomihiro is a hair artist hailing from Japan, whose work ranges from hair styling, head prop design, to wig making. He has started his career as a hair dresser 20 years ago. After having trained hair cutting techniques as a hair dresser for about 10 years in Japan, he moved to London in 2007. There he started working as a session hair stylist, and began making head props, seeking for his distinctive style, and also to blur the boundary between hair styling & head wear designs. His aim was to widen the potential of a single hair stylists work.
Sayaka is interested in visualizing things that cannot be expressed in words, things that are ambiguous. Her creation is informed by her fascination in the co-existence of contradictions, such as reality and unreality, light and shadow, concrete and abstract, raw and edit, tangible and intangible, natural and artificial, meaning and nonsense, photography and painting, words and images.
Yuki Kobayashi (born in 1990, Tokyo, Japan) is Visual and Performance artist. He received BA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Fine Art in 2014 and MA from Royal College of Art, Performance and Painting in 2016.
Since Kobayashi started his career as an artist, he has been exploring the neutrality of gender and questioning racial stereotypes, looking into human relations, the resonance between restriction and fluidity in time and space with using his own body. His action- based performance seek to reveal the authenticity of the human condition, working with the unexpected and the spontaneous to discover the invisible. Questioning both power and restrictive social codes towards a more uncertain world of freedom and equality.
Towako Sano (born in Nagoya, Japan) She enrolled in Tokyo University of the Arts, Intermedia Art (IMA), participating with Stilllive Performance Art Platform since 2019.
Sano explores the social issues and parties she knows through the people and places she encounters in her life and the power of art to connect with others.
Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin) is an artist using speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing, and print to interrupt normative processes of desire, identification, and objectification.
For Wai Kin's residency at Eaton, they continued their long-term project Dream Babes, which explores science and speculative fiction as a productive strategy of queer struggle, imaging futurity that does not depend on existing historical and social infrastructure.
The duo's 6-month residency Amorphous Hotel explore the psychology of hospitality and attempt to create a 'virtual hotel' that discusses human needs, particularly its relation to architecture and sensory experience.
They are also interested in the interpretation of the classifying system of human needs in the form of architecture.
A digital platform will be developed in releasing their research findings.
The group works across writings, films, and installations, for their residency at Eaton HK, they continue their ongoing project ‘Inhabiting the Temporary Land’, in which they attempt to detach themselves from the living experience in their hometown, and re-imagine themselves as foreign travelers staying in a strange land through bodily experience inside and surrounding the hotel.
Wang Yujun explores the borders between music and sound, as well as the connections between theatre, dance, performing arts, visual arts, space, film and literature.
She is a singer-songwriter, singer for the band Yujun Wang & Times, a sound designer, and poetry music composer.
Her artist-in-residence at Eaton HK was hosted in partnership with the Hong Kong International Photo Festival.
Christopher K. Ho (b. Hong Kong, 1974) is a speculative artist based in New York, Hong Kong, and Telluride, Colorado. He is known for a practice that includes object making, institution building, writing, and teaching. His multi-component projects address privilege, community, and capital, and draw equally from learned material about, and lived encounters with, power and otherness in an unevenly de-colonialized, increasingly networked world.
Rob Crosse is interested in documenting private behaviors or stories of older men engaged in hobbies and social groups. For Rob’s residency at Eaton HK, he incorporated his ongoing ideas of intergenerational desire and explore older / younger relationships with references to past / present historical perspectives.
Founded in New York in 2011 and based in Liverpool from 2016–18, The Serving Library is a non-profit organisation that variously serves as a publishing platform, a seminar room, a collection of framed objects and an event space. The enterprise is rooted in a journal published biannually as Dot Dot Dot from 2000–10, Bulletins of The Serving Library from 2011–17, and since then annually as The Serving Library Annual, which is released simultaneously online and in print every autumn. Apart from me, the other directors of The Serving Library and editors of its journal are London Institute of Contemporary Arts' Head of Design Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Milan-based novelist and translator Vincenzo Latronico and New-York-based graphic designer and programmer David Reinfurt.
Zheng Mahler are an artist (Royce Ng) and anthropologist (Daisy Bisenieks) duo working together on research intensive, community based, site-specific projects often utilising digital media, performances and installation to explore relationships between art and research practice. Drawing from each other’s respective backgrounds, they examine the limits as well as the methods and strategies of expanding both their familiar disciplines while experimenting with new interdisciplinary possibilities or cross pollinations, where anthropological approaches are applied to art practice and artistic methodologies are utilised as research exercises in the studies of anthropology. Together they have exhibited, performed and participated in numerous art spaces, institutions and residencies, working alongside various communities in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the US.
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