Dao Gives Birth to One

6 Jul 2012 – 1 Sep 2012

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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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  • The nearest bus station is Shudehill Exchange, and Piccadilly Gardens is also a 5 minute walk away.
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  • Manchester Victoria is a 5 minute walk from the venue. Manchester Piccadilly is a 10 minute walk.
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Hung Keung is a leading contemporary Chinese media artist. For the exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre, he will be presenting an interactive video project Dao Gives Birth to One — the work won the Achievement Award from Hong Kong Museum of Art, as part of the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009 - 2010. At the root of Hung's work is a preoccupation with the longevity of Chinese culture. In it he questions how human beings in modern day society engage with the ancient philosophical concept of 'Dao'. This project aims to examine the possibilities of relationships between human beings, Dao, and our universe, through the integration of Chinese calligraphy and new media. The extensive horizontal view created by the multiple screens in this installation is inspired by traditional scroll paintings, with the white background representing the infinite space of endless time. As well as being visually striking, the piece is technologically sophisticated and incorporates specially designed interactive software. With this piece Hung wishes to provide audiences with a unique, refreshing, and contemporary perspective on traditional Chinese philosophy, painting and calligraphy. Biography Hung Keung is Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and currently a PhD candidate at The Planetary Collegium, CAiiA-Hub at the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland. Since 1995, Hung has been involved in the creative and research aspects of film, video and new media art. He has been invited to lecture at local and overseas universities, including the Bauhaus University, University of California, Berkeley and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2004 Hung founded imhk lab. Its work includes new media art research, interactive software development, application, and production. In recent years, Hung has participated in many festivals, and been awarded numerous prizes including: Best Short Ambient Video Award at the BBC British Film Festival (1998) Best of EMAF at the European Media Art Festival Germany (1998) The 3rd International Festival of Film & New Media on Art held in Athens, Greece (2002) Hung Keung Official Website - www.hungkeung.hk Artist-led workshop As part of this exhibition, we are offering the exciting opportunity to take part in creating extra work for this interactive video installation alongside the artist, Hung Keung. Join us on 7 July for a special workshop including a gallery tour, artist talk, and activity session with one of China's leading contemporary media artists. Hear more about the exhibition and the artist contemporary perspective on traditional Chinese philosophy, calligraphy and the principle of Chinese characters followed by the opportunity to create your own animated characters, which will become part of the installation. All participants will be invited back to the centre to see their work showing in the gallery space in a stated period of time in the main gallery space starting from 21 July. There are only 10 places in this workshop, so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment. The session will run from 11am to 3pm with 1 hour lunch break and will take place here at Chinese Arts Centre with also lunch provided. Participation fee is £7. Bookings can be made using this link now.

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