For internationally renowned Hong Kong media artist Hung Keung, reading the world of literature have been constant companions from an early age, and his love of words has inspired many of his cross-disciplinary creations to date. In 2021, Hung and his creative teams have joined forces to present a multifaceted reading experience online. Drawing from famous local authors from the 1960s to 1990s, this novel takes on Hong Kong writing intrepidly adds in images and dance to explore the essence of literary perception. And unlike most works of art, which are published, performed, or go on show when completed, It All Begins with a Word is set to unfold in phases on digital images on social media and a bespoke project website. Yet, our relationship with text and the arts involves more than looking. It encompasses creating. Hung has thus formulated several interactive online games where you can reassemble words and physical movements the way you want them to be, providing a dynamic taste of what it is like to be a writer and a choreographer. An extraordinary literary journey that will truly renew your vision. The theme and concept are derived from the words "read" and "travel" in "Reading thousands of books is not as good as travelling thousands of miles", which are developed further into four groups of video art elements – objects, animals, people and space. The content is based on the poems, proses and novels of famous Hong Kong writers such as Liu Yichang (刘以鬯), Leung Ping-kwan [Ye Si] (也斯), Xi Xi (西西), Lee Ka-sing (李家昇), Holly Lee (黄楚乔), Wu Xubin (吴煦斌), Shu Hong-sing (舒巷城), He Di (禾迪), Ah Lam (阿蓝), Chan Wai (陈慧) and Cheng Wai-pang (小西). The creative team extracts bits and pieces from the writings and transforms them into works of different artistic media. The four groups of elements bring the audience back to 1960s–80s Hong Kong, where they will follow the writers’ footprints to revisit the various stages of their lives.
It All Begins with a Word is commissioned by the Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival.
Hung Keung is a new and digital media artist and scholar. He was awarded Deutscher Akademicscher Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship to Germany in 2002, and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to US in 2005. He graduated in the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London with a MA in Film and Video, and completed his PhD (Digital media art & Chinese philosophy) of the Planetary Collegium in Zurich University of the Arts. He was also a visiting scholar at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Hung Keung is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of the Education University of Hong Kong.
Since 1996, Hung Keung has been involved in the creative and research aspects of film, video and new media art internationally. In 2005, Hung Keung founded innov + media lab (“imhk lab”), which focuses on new media art and design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity. He focuses on exploring human limitations, through interactive and moving digital images the artist ventures into extending these limitations with technology. In his latest installations and performances, Hung Keung further enquires on the intricate relationship between the viewers and these moving images. His works create a dynamic dialogue between time and space, viewers, and the artist’s experimentation with new media art.
His works are archived at Hong Kong Museum of Art and other important overseas institutions. He was presented with an Excellence Award (Digital Media) at the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) Global Design Awards 2018 and received the Silver Medal at the 70th International Trade Fair “Ideas – Inventions – New Products” (iENA) in Nuremberg, Germany. In 2010 – 2011, he received Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, “Award for Best Artist (Media Arts) (2010)” and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards, “Achievement Awards”.
SHIU KA HENG
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JOEL KWONG / EDWARD CHIU