FALSE SPACES — Hong Kong and Japan Media Art Exchange Forum 2.0

Venue: Pao Galleries, 5/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2020.02.13
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm (VR Exhibition Display starts from 5:30pm) 
Price: Free Admission. Registration is required, first-come, first-served. 

Speaker:              ITO Ryusuke, NAGATA Kosuke, NG Tsz-Kwan, Stella SO, TSUDA Michiko, WARE (participating artists)

Respondent:       HATANAKA Minoru (Chief curator, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC])

Moderator:          IP Yuk-Yiu (Curator)

Conducted in English


FALSE SPACES is a cross-cultural exchange collaboration between Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) and independent curator IP Yuk-Yiu. The phase one exhibition has been successfully held in October 2019 at TOKAS Hongo, Tokyo, Japan, featured 6 artists/artist units from Japan and Hong Kong showcasing their construct of space in the form of media art to articulate his or her vision of ‘false space’.

Following the open discussion held in Tokyo, participating artists ITO Ryusuke, NAGATA Kosuke, NG Tsz-Kwan, Stella SO, TSUDA Michiko, WARE, exhibition curator Ip Yuk-Yiu and HATANAKA Minoru (Chief curator, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]) will join the the exchange forum in Hong Kong Arts Centre, continue the discussion on artists’ production of space and their pursuit to express their own world views.

During the forum, an exhibition catalogue newly published by TOKAS will also be launched in Hong Kong, to provide Hong Kong audience a thorough documentation of the artists’ creation and concept. Furthermore, a VR exhibition will also be showcased before the exchange forum. Displaying the exhibition with new media, visitor can freely navigate in the virtual 3-storey exhibition space, breaking the spatial limitation with technology.


Co-presenter: Hong Kong Arts CentreTokyo Arts and Space (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)


VR Exhibition by Eazel





Tokyo and Hong Kong both struggle with space issues. In both countries, urban centers must accommodate disproportionately large populations, resulting in buildings growing taller and taller and personal space becoming more and more constricted within public spaces. The concept of “space” itself is open to a wide range of interpretations, spanning from the physical spaces of geography and location to the conceptual spaces of the personal and psychological realms, and even cyberspace. Furthermore, artists construct spaces, in the form of art, which differ from those of the real world in a pursuit to express their own world views.

FALSE SPACES is a cross-cultural exchange and an exhibition initiative aiming to explore the multi-faceted nature of space and its production as seen through the lens of contemporary artists from Japan and Hong Kong, initiated by Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre and independent curator IP Yuk-Yiu. The exhibition will feature works by six artists/artist unit, including ITO Ryusuke, NAGATA Kosuke, NG Tsz-Kwan, Stella SO, TSUDA Michiko and WARE. Each artist will develop and articulate his or her vision of “false space” through their respective works, exploring the production of space as a form of critical probing and disruptive poetics.

The exhibition will feature a wide variety of artworks that employ different media and materials including 3D scanned and printed objects, animation, driver-less vehicle, digital photography and video installation, communicating the diversity and complexity of spatial practices as seen and conducted by contemporary Japanese and Hong Kong artists. Through the creative showcase of their works, the project intends to facilitate collaboration between Japanese and Hong Kong artists, as well as to present their creative visions and critical propositions to the general audience in order to exchange views and dialogues on the subject of space that sprung from two Asian neighbours.

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