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Sudhee Liao and Andrew Luk
Residency in WING from 13 September to 11 November 2017
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White Cell, interactive movement installation
11 November, 8PM @ WING
Free entrance / RSVP Required
11月11日 9時 永天台
Choreographer Sudhee Liao and artist Andrew Luk’s interactive movement performance White Cell seeks to explore human behaviour patterns when simplified to a singular purpose. The performance is set within an immersive installation where a set of “rules” and “parameters” apply through which initial relationships may be adjusted and unprecedented responses will be set into motion. In the agency of play, the performers will create communicative mechanisms in sensory dialogue and face off in entangled relationships and conflicting interests.
The artists draw inspiration from ideas explored in the Stanford Prison Experiment (1971) conducted by Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo, and QUIET (2000) by internet entrepreneur Josh Harris. Although the intent and outcomes of the two experiments were different, in both the social experiments, participants were removed from their everyday existence, and either deprived of or given a new identity. During the experiment participants either embraced their new roles fully, or resorted back to their most primal instincts. In either case participants’ social identity and sense of self were malleable and certain types of behaviour could be triggered by props and environmental factors.
White Cell consists of an audience interactive movement performance set within an immersive installation. Audience members will don breathable hazmat suits, sunglasses, shoe covers, and hygiene masks over their clothing before entering the installation. In order to illicit participation performers (dancers) are placed within the audience and use touch and the shifting of bodyweight as communicative sensory mechanisms : leaning, pulling, lifting etc. Participants will be kept in the installation for a predetermined period of time.
Sudhee Liao was born and raised in Singapore. She graduated from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. Her experience as a dancer is wide ranging having worked extensively with different international choreographers. She has travelled and performed internationally in various productions and dance festivals. Her works include performances in theatres and galleries, site-specific spaces as well as video works. As a choreographer, her more recent works includes “Haptic Compression” that was presented in The Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series at The Hong Kong Art Festival and “Not yet / To forget” which received a HKADC Project Grant, which was also presented in Malaysia. She is currently an independent artist, choreographer and dance educator.
Andrew Luk is a Hong Kong artist whose material-based practice of creating installations, sculptures, and images investigates how civilization regards itself in relation to nature by way of examining human projects as well as studying naturally occurring systems of entropy, anti-entropy, and preservation. Time, regarding history, memory, and experience, is utilized as a medium; selectively enhancing and detracting value by reconfiguring both fictional and factual material histories and composing arrangements that mitigate the difference between the man-made and the naturally occurring. The aim is to draw connections between entities and discover new narratives. Andrew Luk studied a dual degree in Fine Art and European History at the New England School of Art & Design and at Suffolk University in Boston. Since then he has exhibited in The United States, Hong Kong, and Korea. In 2014 he was the recipient of the HKADC Emerging Artist Grant and in 2015 he had a solo exhibition, No Fixed Abode, at Videotage. In addition to co-organizing several artists run events and exhibitions, he recently conducted a residency & solo exhibition, PRACTICE, at De Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong, and received a HKADC project grant for a yearlong collaborative digital preservation and gaming project, “Autosave: The Shing Mun Redoubt 1941”.
作品的創作靈感源自史丹福大學心理學家菲利普·津巴多（Philip Zimbardo）於1971年進行的史丹福監獄實驗和2000年由網路企業家喬希·哈里斯（Josh Harris）投資的藝術項目《安靜：我們生活在眾目睽睽之下》所探索的意念。雖然兩個實驗的意圖與結果有所不同，但兩個社會實驗參加者的日常存也被移除，不是被褫奪便是被給予新的身份。在實驗中，參加者不是完全投入新角色便是回復自己最原始的本能。兩種狀況均展現了參加者的社會身份和自我意識的可塑性，及某些行為可以由道具和環境因素觸發。
陸浩明於新英格蘭藝術與設計學院 (NESAD)及波士頓薩福克大學修畢雙學士學位。自此活躍於藝術圈，作品見於美國、香港及韓國。2014年，他獲香港藝術發展局 「新苗資助」，並於2015年在錄映太奇舉行《No Fixed Abode》個展。除與其他藝術家合作的項目及展覽外，他最近留駐香港德薩畫廊並舉辦了《PRACTICE》個展。他亦獲香港藝術發展局的「計劃資助」合辦長達一年的數位保存和遊戲項目《自動儲存：城門碉堡1941》。