In celebration of 2016 as ‘The Year of Virtual Reality’, K11 presents its latest exhibition ‘Electronic Vibes’ in May, inviting international and local artists to explore electronic art in various forms and combining art and virtual reality to create an exciting art experience. Highlights include a virtual Art Jamming experience by using the new HTC Vive, Re: FUSE exhibition series in chi K11 art space, Hong Kong’s largest interactive art installation ‘People on the Fly’, and visual music project ‘Five’ (2016) in the K11 Showcases etc.

1. K11 x HTC Vive Art Jamming Experience
Using HTC’s latest VR gear, HTC Vive, participants are invited to put on the VR device to create their unique 3D art pieces inside the space of virtual reality. Valèry Grancher, a prestigious multi-disciplinary artist, will be on site to conduct a live performance and demonstrate an innovative combination of technology and art creation on May 29 and June 4.
Date: May 20 – June 19
Time:5pm – 9m (Monday to Friday), 12noon – 10pm (Saturday), 1pm – 9pm (Sunday and Public Holidays)
Venue: Atrium

2. K11 Piazza: Two Large-scale Interactive Media Art Installations

‘People on the Fly’ is a participatory public artwork, using a specially developed software to detect all moving persons and communicates their data to artificial programme insects. When a person moves, within seconds hundreds of flies will invade his/her body but when staying still, the insects will fly away. The resulting portraits are thus in a constant flux―they construct and destruct in a repeated process. ‘People of the Fly’ reminds us to treasure every moment of our life and learn to appreciate ourselves and things around us.
Date: May 19 – June 22
Time: 2pm – 9pm
Venue: Screen, Piazza
Artists: Laurent Mignonneau (France), Christa Sommerer (Austria)

‘One Sound of the Futures’ Numerous people from three different cities ― Hong Kong, Gwangju of Korea and Wuhan of China are invited to participate in this participatory artwork, acting as speaking sculptures. By articulating the participants’ imagination of the future simultaneously, they create a collective noise that embodies a harmonic moment in which the times yet to come is addressed.
Date: May 30 – June 22
Time: 10am –2pm
Venue: Atrium
Artist: Issac Chong (Hong Kong)

3. Re: FUSE―Exploring electronic art in different art forms

‘The only thing we share is the past’ The artwork by Hiram Wong of Hong Kong is housed within two modular capsules located in Hong Kong and Wuhan, connecting through a video live stream between the two locations. The video feedback loops between the projections of the live camera feed from the other cell, and in reverse, causes a tunnelling effect. Given the latency that is imperative in the live video stream, the instances created by viewers of both cells are stretched out into the virtual tunnel of past events.

‘The Gynoid’s Guide to Continuous Service’ Created by Elena Knox of Australia, the exhibit surveys the scene in the not-so-distant future when hyper-real fembots are integrated, in service mode, into existing patriarchal fabrics and socio-industrial complexes. It imagines what ‘life’ is like for the gynoid. It presents a manual for ‘her’ professional performance. The media sculpture Waiting On You contains a gynoidrobot lounging in wait for her next client; she passes the time by watching an advertisement for her own services on a city billboard. The object series Gynoid Survival Kit prototypes jewellery and accessories, worn by the gynoid, that work to ensure both her personal safety and her continuous operation. The artist hopes to explore the issue of gender, discrimination and labour through her artwork.

‘Office of Environmental Experiments’ This participatory arts and technology initiative by Carlos Castellanos (USA) aims to respond to the ecological and environmental health concerns of urban citizens via novel and creative uses of environmental sensing, renewable energy, DIY/open source technologies and the arts. The artwork serves as a stimulation of a small eco-system, and audience can learn about the progress of plants’ growth and water purification through scanning the barcode.

‘Memory Box’ Through photography and videography, John Campell (Northern Ireland) and Rebecca Caines (Australia) gathered memories from participatory events hosted in Wuhan, China in April 2016, and deployed over a number of performances using a brand new toll called the ‘Virtual memory boxing’. The artists have also used new forms of digital technology that can insert disruptions such as alternatives, breakages and slippages into the dominant media signals, allowing audience to explore the relationship between spontaneousness and memory, and between instantaneity and recording.
Date: May 20 –July 4
Time: 12noon –10pm
Venue: chi K11art space (B/F)

4. Visual Music Projects

‘Five’ is a collaborative visual music project created 36 students under Max Hattler’s direction at the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. The result is an abstract animation visualisation of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (1904). Through the movements and rhythms of colours and shapes, Mahler’s musical world is brought to life on screen.
Date: May 20 –June 21
Time: 10am –10pm
Venue: K11 Showcases

‘AWKWARD_CONSEQUENCE’ consists of massive audio-visual performance that exists both in virtual and actual realities. The virtual-reality component consists of a very complex, immersive world that reacts to the music, providing a multi-sensorial representation of the music. The aural component, on the other hand, comprises musicians Christian Clark, Tobias Klein and Tomás Laurenzo performing in real time, playing music specifically composed for the performance.
Date: May 20 & 22
Time: May 20 – 7:45pm, May 22 -4pm
Venue: K11 Piazza