‘Flip and Fly’: Interactive Chinese Characters


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「飛,字,遊,器」系列 Let the Chinese Characters Fly Workshop (II) from HUNG Keung on Vimeo.

Hung Keung Master Class
Registration: 10:15am
Starts: 10:30am
Finishes: 1:00pm

*This workshop suitable for aged 15 and above. It will be conducted in both English and Cantonese.

From 2009-2012, Hung Keung had a digital art project title Dao Gives Birth to One, which aimed to examine the possibility and limitations of combining Chinese calligraphy and painting in 2D and 4D practice. The project (a series and workshop) suggests how the "Yellow Box"’ concept of "play-appreciation," and the Dao’s cyclical sense of time and space, can be realized through digital technology, by shifting the role of the viewers from passivity to activity. Keung organized a series of workshops entitled ‘Flip and Fly’, where digital animation of Chinese character-writing became part of the installation Dao Gives Birth to One. The process of designing and implementing creative workshops of this kind is to explore and reinterpret the concept of wan shang (玩賞, ‘play-appreciation’), shifting the role of the audience from passivity to active participation and creativity.

Hung Keung is now bringing this workshop to ASHK so that you can once again experience and play with the beauty of Chinese characters. All writings from the workshop will be animated by a team of the artist and it will be shown in a presentation after two weeks.


Hung Keung (b.1970, Kunming, China) is a new and digital media artist and scholar. His innovative practice encompasses interactive performance, installation art, experimental ink painting, photography, moving images and writing. Intrigued by the interconnectedness of time and space, as well as between the viewer and the work itself, his latest works incorporate moving digital images to explore human limitations and attempt to extend them using technology. Hung Keung’s solo exhibitions have been held at Art Basel Hong Kong (2013); Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, U.K. (2012); Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon (2011); among others. He has also exhibited in various group exhibitions globally including: ITÄ-AASIAN VIDEOIKKUNA/East Asian Video Frames-Shades of Urbanization, Pori Art Museum, Finland (2016); INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Australia (2015); and Conforming to Vicinity—A Cross-Strait Four-Region Artistic Exchange Project in Macau, Taiwan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong (2014-2015). Hung’s videos and interactive art have received the Prize of Excellence at the Hong Kong Arts Biennial in 2001 and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Achievement Award in 2009. Alongside his individual practice and research, he leads “imhk lab”— a research lab he founded in 2005 that focuses on new media art and design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity. Hung is also an Associate Professor at the Education University.



Event Details

Sun 29 Apr 2018
10:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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Asia Society Members $100; Non-members $150. Online registration required
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