[Online Talk] Falling into Place: The Artistic Journey of Isaac Chong Wai
August 07 2020 at 6:00PM - 6:45PM
Free Event

Artist Talk with Isaac Chong Wai, moderated by Nick Yu, Development Manager at Blindspot Gallery

Friday, August 7th, 2020

Artist Talk 12:00/18:00 (EET/HKT); Close 12:45/18:45 (EET/HKT) 

Free admission; online registration required.
This program will be conducted in English.

In this Artist Talk, artist Isaac Chong Wai will detail some the concepts and his research behind his work featured in ASHK current exhibition Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong. Besides the viewpoint on the future art scene in Hong Kong, Isaac will also share his experience in Berlin as an artist, and the differences between Hong Kong. The conversation will be moderated by independent curator Nick Yu.

About the Artwork
Isaac Chong Wai presents a body of work including sculpture, video, drawings and ready-made objects. In Falling Carefully, the action of falling is frozen volatility, duplicating the artist’s body into different positions during a fall. Each position supports other positions within a structure that allows the sculptures to stay intact. Chong attempts to radically transform the feeling of powerlessness during a fall – a condition most of us believe we cannot escape the inevitability and impossibility – into an imaginary, collective and supportive foundation.   

The philosopher John Locke once discussed the falling man above a crumbled bridge – the action of falling is involuntary. The man does not voluntarily fall, nor could the man avoid falling. The unintentional action of falling is no longer a self-autonomous movement dominated by our body and will. Resisting the automatism, Chong interrupts how we perceive the failure of standing. By questioning the unavoidable outcomes of falling, the work subverts the expected collapse attentively and considerably as the failure of falling. 

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