Joseph Chen: Shameplant in Glory Hole
June 11, 2021

Date: 19/6-17/7/2021
Time: Open Daily / 12:00-19:00
Venue: Videotage, Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Rd, To Kwa Wan, KLN, HK

Opening Reception and Performance
Date & Time: 19/6, Saturday, 7pm
Performance Artist: 許敖山 Nerve

Videotage is pleased to present Shameplant in Glory Hole, a solo exhibition of Joseph Chen. The exhibition features the artist’s multifaceted works, including videos, images, audio, installations, and archival materials. These works result from artistic research on personal archives that explore the relationship between matter and time.

Shameplant in Glory Hole presents the final phase of the eponymous research project by the artist. It originated from retrieving abandoned data from second-hand hard drive disks found in the Sham Shui Po flea market while drawing inspiration from philosopher Bernard Stiegler’s theory on the inseparable relationship between technology and memory. 

In three years, the artist conducted continuous recovery and research of data in personal archives. The textual, audial, and visual data have been transformed from official documents and daily consumption records through the artistic interventions. The artist juxtaposes these externalized memories of others with his own uninscribable, unmemorable or unforgettable internal memories in Videotage’s exhibition space, where he uses artificial and organic materials, fluids, lights, and digital objects to resurrect a private and intimate temporal and spatial experience. 

A medium to people’s memories, the exhibition stands between voyeurism and exhibitionism. In the social media and dataveillance era, Shameplant in Glory Hole invites viewers to peek through, eavesdrop on, sneak in, and stalk the micro-histories of familiar strangers.

In the exhibition, each piece is loosely connected to a habit, dialogue, ritual, trauma, trip, or moment that recollects the speakable/unspeakable and visible/invisible stories. For the artist, summoning the pasts of others is reflexive. The phantom possessing the artworks also activates the viewers’ imagination to collage, montage, and assemble an intertwined sensory and emotional order between themselves and the exhibition time-space. 


About Shameplant in Glory Hole 

Initiated by Joseph Chen in 2019, Shameplant in Glory Hole is a three-year art project that articulates through archival research, exhibitions and performances, multimedia creations, and cross-platform collaborations. The project focuses on second-hand memories and experiences of used commodities such as harddisks sold in the Sham Shui Po flea market, while conceiving the flea market as an alternative space for artistic practices.

Seeking to go beyond personal research, Joseph Chen partnered with Castiel Wong to form the art initiative, Virtue Village. They looked to expand the project into a dialogue with other artists and the Sham Shui Po community through organizing 活體洞, a two-day exhibition and live art performance in a truck parked in the flea market on 1 and 2 May 2021. The event invited 36 artists from Hong Kong, China, the USA, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, and Singapore to participate and co-organized performance sessions with The Originals.

The result of the research project will be presented in the eponymous exhibition at Videotage from 19 June to 17 July 2021.



About Joseph Chen

Joseph Chen King Yuen is an artist and curator based in Hong Kong, currently the Project Manager/Assistant Curator at Para Site. Joseph is the co-founder of Virtue Village, Aurora Trip Sitter, and the member of Video Cypher. His practice revolves around video art, also involving still images, installation, and performance. His works deal with the found materials and the post-internet experience, with an emphasis on the absurdity and ambiguity of myth/religion, pop/subculture, and low/loud aesthetic. His works have been shown internationally, including Denny Dimin Gallery (New York), HOME (Manchester), PHOTOFAIRS (Shanghai), KLEX (Kuala Lumpur), Tai Kwun (Hong Kong), and ARTnSHELTER (Tokyo). He recently participated in the screening High Res Worlds by Asia Society in Art Central (Hong Kong). As curator, he curated the exhibition The Third South Sour Water / Performance and Visual Art Festival: Hong Kong Unit - 爆mon in Waley Art (Taipei). His video Invisible Rock was awarded Special Mention in the Open Category of the 19th ifva Award.


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