Infection Invader is an immersive and participatory exhibition, which explores the close connection between humans and viruses. The artists created an interactive installation combining online and on-site devices to help visualise the infectious relationship between people. Audiences are encouraged to play the ‘Infectious Disease Training Course’ game from the exhibition’s online platform and observe how the sculptures in the gallery reflect the audiences’ performance in the game. Part of the exhibition showcase notes, photographs and videos documenting the scientific research and production stages of the artwork.
To the artists, infectious diseases are like microscopes which render visible connections between human beings. At the same time, diseases compel people to reflect on their coexistence with other organisms. Scientific research has shown that viruses have been evolving since the era of universal common ancestor and they will continue to be inextricably intertwined with human lives in the future. Nowadays when surgical masks became indispensable, breathing starts to acquire new meanings. Every ounce of oxygen is connected via the survival needs of different species, and the breath of individuals weaves an intimate network between ecological groups. Hence, the exhibition uses breath as a ‘medium’ to connect human and virus communities.
The intention of Infection Invader is to encourage discussions on the mutually restrained and reliant relationship between humans and viruses. Virology is not a personal issue; it affects the community structure and ecosystem. From the biological community point of view, it is difficult for us to overcome infectious diseases alone. Through an immersive experience, Infections Invader encourages the public to experience the subtle tie between community and ecosystem and to imagine how we can coexist with infectious disease in the future.
【About the Artists】
Fung Wing Lam graduated from the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong, majoring in New Media (Bachelor of Arts and Science). Fung has shown her works at PMQ (2019), Hong Kong City Hall (2018), JCCAC (2018) and Hong Kong Arts Centre (2014).
Lam Siu Ying earned her BA from the Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in Studio and Media Arts. Lam has shown her works at Hong Kong City Hall (2016), Kunstquartier Bethanien, Germany (2016), Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery (2015) and Brisbane, Australia (2015).
Liv Tsim received her BA at the Academy of Visual Art from Hong Kong Baptist University. Her works were showcased in several international exhibitions, including Parallel Space (2020), Budapest Art quarter, Hungary (2018), Kunstquartier Bethanien, Germany (2016), Brisbane, Australia (2015) and Hong Kong – Shenzhen Design Biennale, China (2014).
Public programmes accompanying the exhibition include public talk and a series of artist and docent led tours. The artists are available for interviews on request.
Date: 10 December 2020 – 15 January 2021
Venue:1a space Unit 14 Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon,
Artist Talk |My virus is blue; my friend is you
Speakers: Pei Ying Lin in conversation with Fung Wing Lam, Lam Siu Ying and Liv Tsim. Moderated by Juliana Chan (1a space)
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Date & Time: 3 January 2021 3-4pm