This interactive piece encourages the viewer to identify unexpected grotesque qualities in video accompanied by audio, which otherwise could be described as beautiful. The tracking system is set up to recognize two figures within the space with infrared light values by the camera positioned above the gallery space. When participants enter the space, those who use their movement controls aspects of the video such as position, volume, and sharpness. Through the rich user experience contributed by visual presentation, the spectator will understand the function of the piece. This interactive video works at a unique intersection of narrative with film and video, music composition, and physical interaction. As a whole, our objective is to combine beautiful and grotesque elements to generate a surreal, interactive experience.
Digital Arts and the Department of Art are proud to present HUNG Keung. HUNG graduated from the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (MA in Film + Video), UK. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), Germany (2001-02). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at The Planetary Collegium, the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland.
In recognition of his international achievement in new media art, HUNG was awarded a prestigious President’s Award (2002); Deutscher Akademicscher Austausch Dienst Scholarship, Germany (2002) and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, US (2005). In 2004, HUNG founded innov+media lab, focusing on new media art + design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity.
HUNG KEUNG BLOATED CITY | SKINNY LANGUAGE In HUNG’s Bloated City | Skinny Language, the viewer appears on two screens surrounded by a myriad of fragmented brush strokes. Characters read the viewer’s outline and aggregate around their body. Responding to the slightest movement, the characters fly gradually from one screen to the next, from one image of the viewer to their mirror image. The artist prompts viewers to reflect on how they can locate themselves in their universe (Heaven + Earth) and relate to the notions of Dao 道.
PUBLIC TALKS + LECTURES April 5 | Artist Lecture| Harrington Room (Jaqua Center) at 6 pm Sponsors: Computer and Information Science, Arts Administration Program
April 6 | Gallery Talk| 240 JSMA at 6 pm. Sponsors: Cinema Pacific + JSMA
April 7 | White Box Opening 24 NW1st Avenue, UO White Stag Block, Portland 6–8 pm; remarks at 7pm
EXHIBITIONS JSMA: Where To Come From? Where To Go? Video Works by Hung Keung Showing from April 5th to June 19th
White Box: Bloated City | Skinny Language Showing from April 5th to May 14th Sponsors: University of Oregon Portland Programs Additional support from Ace Hotel