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The starting point for Around sound art festival 2015 comes from a contemporary, yet non-linear approach. We thought about the various art historical lineages of ‘sound art’ in which the basis of our curatorial approach could have echoed. At the very beginning of the conversation we were interested in fundamental questions such as what defines ‘sound art’ in artistic practice, and within the contemporary art context? How is sound as an art form perceived by audiences in Hong Kong? We were interested to look at the broader category of sound, to present artistic ideas and works that are open-ended, engaging and exciting in the moment.

If we consider the present conditions of media art and performance, the foundations have undeniably been laid, shaped, shifted and categorized within the institution. As we look at this new generation of artists that choose to work with sound, we realize that they regard sound not merely as a by-product of an artistic idea, or conducting experimentations with technology, but have also created a unique set of language or codes that are influenced by materials, the environment and their distinct backgrounds. One can argue that the environment becomes just as important as the material itself. Though the language of sound can be broad, its vocabulary has yet to be defined. At the same time, as this medium is becoming more sophisticated, works are manifested in multiple disciplines such as video, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, drawing, composition, etc.

With this in mind, we decided that presenting the works in a gallery context would be ideal to showcase the diversity of artistic backgrounds, in proximity to points of reference – given that the artists have all established complex narratives, we want to bring a sort of pedagogy to the audience. The specific artworks that were selected are meant to be seen as open-ended dialogues to larger bodies of works.

The exhibitions in Around 2015 feature artists Chelpa Ferro, Eli Keszler, Feng Hao, Jacob Kirkegaard, Rie Nakajima, Phoebe Hui, and Sergei Tcherepnin. Experimental interventions are at the core of these artists’ practices. One can see influences from movements such as Dada, Fluxus, Post-Modern and Relational Art, where individual expression is informed by conceptual strategies. Media and technology merely act as a palette of tools and materials that directly reflects or dissects our culture, identities, social and domestic concerns. Labour, craft, and form come after concept. While maintaining active relationships between disciplines, these artists focus on sound as concept and medium, as well as manifesting materiality through the sonic presence. The works are a snapshot of exploratory ideas, which we hope will bring a sensitivity to our relationship with each other, our identities, the environment, or simply overlooked moments of our everyday life.

Aki Onda and Helen Homan Wu




「聽在」2015的展覽展示Chelpa Ferro、Eli Keszler、馮昊、Jacob Kirkegaard、中島吏英、許方華及Sergei Tcherepnin具實驗性的作品。觀眾可從中看到達達主義 (Dada)、激浪派(Fluxus)、後現代(Post-Modern)和關係藝術(Relational Art)運動的影響,使個人的表達方式透過不同的概念策略得以實踐。媒體和科技只是各式各樣直接反映或剖析我們文化、身份、社會和家庭問題的工具和物料。勞動力、工藝及形式建基於概念;藝術家們在努力維持各種媒介之間的活躍關係的同時,更集中地研究聲音作爲概念和媒介,可以如何被運用以顯示當中的物質性。展出作品為各種探索性的意念提供一個簡明印象,我們希望透過是次展覽喚起一種對人與人之間的相互關係、身份、環境或日常被忽略的時刻之感性。


Around sound art festival 2015


Examining the contemporary phenomena of sound art, the fifth edition of the Around sound art festival, Around sound art festival 2015 seeks to uncover the multi-layered range of perspectives by showcasing the artistic process behind concepts dealing with sound. The exhibitions bring together local and international artists, each with a very distinct set of language, tools and techniques used in resonating their ideas. Aside from the exhibition, through performances, workshops and talks, we attempt to break down assumptions that audiences might have on the definition of sound art.

This year, the festival is curated by Aki Onda (JP / US) and Helen Homan Wu (US/ HK) in which they explore how a new generation of sound and visual artists use sound as an artistic medium or conceptual art form. Artists Feng Hao (PRC), Chelpa Ferro (Brazil), Phoebe Hui (HK), Eli Keszler (US), Jacob Kirkegaard (Denmark/ Germany), Rie Nakajima (JP/UK) and Sergei Tcherepnin (US) are invited to exhibit their works at Osage Gallery and Karin Weber Gallery. Talks and performances will be presented together with Dennis Wong (HK) at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre.


由 恩田晃 (日本/ 美國) 、胡可敏 (美國/ 香港)策展,今年的藝術節旨在探索新一代的聲音和視覺藝術家如何運用聲音作爲一個創作媒介或概念藝術形體。參與藝術家馮昊 (中國)、Chelpa Ferro (巴西) 、許方華 (香港)、Eli Keszler (美國)、Jacob Kirkegaard (丹麥/德國) 、中島吏英 (日本/英國) 、Sergei Tcherepnin (美國)的作品將會於奧沙畫廊及凱倫偉伯畫廊展出;而藝術家講座和演出亦會連同黃仲輝 (香港)假香港城市大學創意媒體學院和在香港藝術中心麥高利小劇場舉行。

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Festival Zine 節目小冊子


聲音掏腰包 /「聽在」聲音藝術節主辦機構

soundpocket is a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong, founded in 2008 as a direct response to the increasing interest of sound art in Hong Kong, the demand for public awareness and education in the sense of hearing and deep listening, and the need for cultural sensitivity in creative practices. As a promoter, educator, facilitator, and gatherer, soundpocket is committed to the long-term nurturing of active listeners. Since its inception, soundpocket has collaborated with non-profit organizations, small enterprises, independent voiceworkers and musicians, and curators of contemporary art on various art and cultural projects. soundpocket positions itself in the fields of sound, art and culture by initiating interdisciplinary projects that bring multiple art forms and a variety of cultural contexts into the focus of sound and listening. In this sense, soundpocket supports not just an art form, but ideas and possibilities that engage with aesthetically meaningful, culturally-grounded and publicly relevant sonic practices, which have a lot to teach about how we understand the world and the experiences yet to be valued.


Artists 藝術家


Exhibition & Programme 展覽及節目

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Festival Opening Reception: All artists and curators
開幕: 全體藝術家及策展人

Osage Gallery
18 NOV (WED) - 27 NOV (FRI)

Exhibition: Rie Nakajima
Karin Weber Gallery
11.00am–7.00pm (Mon to Sat 星期一至六)
2.00pm–7.00pm (Sun 星期日)
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Exhibition 展覽:
Feng Hao 馮昊, Chelpa Ferro, Phoebe Hui 許方華,
Eli Keszler, Jacob Kirkegaard, Sergei Tcherepnin

Osage Gallery
10.30am–6.30pm (Mon to Sat 星期一至六)
2.30pm–6.30pm (Sun 星期日)
19 NOV (THU)

Artist Talk: Feng Hao, Eli Keszler
藝術家講座: 馮昊, Eli Keszler
M6094 Future Cinema Studio, SCM
Performance: Feng Hao, Rie Nakajima, Sergei Tcherepnin
表演: 馮昊, 中島吏英, Sergei Tcherepnin
Multimedia theatre, SCM
20 NOV (FRI)

Artist Talk: Phoebe Hui, Sergei Tcherepnin
藝術家講座: 許方華, Sergei Tcherepnin
Multimedia theatre, SCM
Rie Nakajima – Exhibition Soft Opening / Artist Talk
中島吏英 – 展覽開幕及藝術家講座
Karin Weber Gallery
21 NOV (SAT)

Meet the Curators: Aki Onda, Helen Homan Wu
策展人講座: 恩田晃, 胡可敏
Osage Gallery
24 NOV (TUE)

Sonic Anchor #25
McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Eli Keszler, Dennis Wong 黃仲輝, Eric Wong 黃時浩

Ticket 票價︰$50
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Internet Ticketing 網上購票︰
Post-performance discussion will be held. Approx. 30 mins. 設演後座談會,約30分鐘
Audience members are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Hong Kong Arts Centre reserves the right to refuse admission of latecomers.

Co-presented By 合辦
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Osage Gallery

4/F, Union Hing Yip Factory Building, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Karin Weber Gallery
G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong 香港城市大學創意媒體學院
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong 香港九龍塘達康路18號邵逸夫創意媒體中心
Sonic Anchor by Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong 現在音樂主辦:聲音下寨
McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
香港灣仔港灣道二號香港藝術中心麥高利小劇場 border02-01 logo1line_white_08-01

Contact 聯絡

Media Enquiry 媒體查詢
Liza Chan

[email protected]
T: (852) 2356-2226

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