Something in the “Hong Kong Waters” – book review

An artist’s new book looks at Hong Kong through its water.

German media artist Andreas Müller-Pohle travels the world to create art projects with water as the main theme. His recent documentation of the water surrounding Hong Kong culminated in an art exhibition and the debut of his new book titled Hong Kong Waters.

Andreas Müller-Pohle, 'Hong Kong Waters', 2013,  Asia One Books.

Andreas Müller-Pohle, ‘Hong Kong Waters’, 2013, Asia One Books. Image courtesy Asia One.

Hong Kong Waters

Hong Kong Waters” is a photo, video and sound project by German media artist Andreas Müller-Pohle created during January 2009 and December 2010. He exhibited the project at Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong, from 16 to 29 April 2011. The artwork combines the city’s “vertical urbanity and its horizontal alignment to the water,” according to the artist’s website.

The exhibition included photographs in which the artist filmed half of the image underwater, videos which showed various aspects of the water, and sound recordings of the water, plus an audiowork of the waters of Hong Kong, composed by Japanese sound artist Shingo Inao.

Andreas Müller-Pohle, 'Hong Kong Waters', 2013, Asia One Books.

Andreas Müller-Pohle, ‘Hong Kong Waters’, 2013, Asia One Books. Image courtesy Asia One.

About the Book

The exhibition culminated in the book by the artist. Also titled “Hong Kong Waters,” the publication includes an informative introduction by artist and curator Oscar Ho. There is a European edition published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, and an Asian edition published by Asia One Books, Hong Kong.

About the Artist

German media artist Andreas Müller-Pohle is based in Berlin. After he completed his university studies in economics and communications, in 1979 he established European Photography, an independent art magazine for contemporary photography and new media.

In the late 1970s, Müller-Pohle’s art projects focused on “issues of photographic perception, and later on photo recycling,” according to his website. Currently, his recent works take water as the subject matter, as in his documentation of the Danube River and the waters surrounding Hong Kong.

Susan Kendzulak

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