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.

Eric Tsang, 'Portrait', 2014, positive film, 6 x 10cm. Image courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery.

Eric Tsang, ‘Portrait’, 2014, positive film, 6 x 10cm. Image courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery.

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.

Sunday Lai, 'TV Peeking' (video still), 2011, video installation, 4 feet 20 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery.

Sunday Lai, ‘TV Peeking’ (video still), 2011, video installation, 4 feet 20 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery.

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).

Solomon Yu, 'Puzzle' (still frame), 2014, GIF animation, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery.

Solomon Yu, ‘Puzzle’ (still frame), 2014, GIF animation, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery.

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.

Kriti Bajaj

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Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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