In an era of new media and mass production, how are relationships transformed?
“Intimacy, Mediated” is a three-person experimental project which will be exhibited at Hong Kong’s Osage Gallery from 5 to 30 September 2014. The featured artists present diverse projects exploring the contemporary nature of intimacy and interaction.
Sunday Lai, Eric Tsang and Solomon Yu are young artists from Hong Kong. Growing up in a time of rapidly changing technology and ever-evolving media, they seek to explore the effect of standardisation and mass consumerism on human relationships. According to the press release,
Stemming from the questions of how we create, consume and relate to images in the digital age and how we position the personal in a consumer society, “Intimacy, Mediated” is an attempt to understand and leave an open question as to the transformations imposed on intimacy and its direction towards mediation.
Ikea and the image of consumerism
Photographer Eric Tsang collaborates with his carpenter father to present a series of handmade cameras that are fashioned from Ikea furniture pieces. The images projected will “explore questions of consumption, family and the language of objects”.
Tsang is a recent graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (MFA, 2014), and is currently based in Hong Kong. He is the recipient of several awards, including The Cactus Prize (2014) and Focus at the Frontline Award from the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012) for photojournalism.
Taking the television outside
Sunday Lai’s work TV Peeking comprises a series of television screens with a universal remote, set up in various locations and store fronts – as opposed to the intimacy of the home.
Lai works in various media including performance, installation, video and painting. She had a solo exhibition, “Selling at the Daily Rental Shop” in 2013, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions such as “From 3G to 4G” (Hong Kong, 2014) and “Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art” (Macau, 2012).
Animating the press photo
Solomon Yu transforms highly circulated press images into GIFs, necessitating the audience to re-look and re-experience those moments in time repeatedly. This leaves the viewer with “a perverse sense of intimacy with such images and the events they depict.”
Solomon Yu’s practice encompasses painting, digital images, video and audio, and he often creates participatory and collaborative works. A recipient of the Grant for Emerging Artists from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2013, he was also an assistant curator for “Mobile M+: Yao Ma Tei” (2012) presented by the M+ museum.
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