Media, Culture and Creative Cities (MCCC) Master’s Programme/ Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong proudly invited Hong Kongers to hear British Artist Antony Gormley discussed public art in the city at the Grand Hall of HKU to celebrate the launch week of Event Horizon in Hong Kong.
Event Horizon is the largest public art installation ever seen in Hong Kong. Presented by British Council Hong Kong with support from the Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU as the institutional partner, and with support from the K11 Art Foundation (KAF), the installation was paired with a strong education and outreach programme which includes a public talk- Making Space, An Artist Talk by Antony Gormley on “public art in the city” by Antony Gormley on 16 November 2015, 6pm at The University of Hong Kong (HKU).
At the talk, Antony Gormley discussed the concept of Event Horizon and how its relation to the urban environment, shared background on his work with sculpture and public art in cities across the world, and engaged with Hong Kongers on their views about art in the city. The key focus was the benefits of a large scale public art project for all citizens to enjoy.
The audiences were welcomed by Professor John P. Burns, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. The talk was also introduced by Robert Ness, Director of British Council Hong Kong with an opening speeches by and Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman of K11 Art Foundation.
Following top art cities such as London and New York, Hong Kong is the first Asian city to welcome the Event Horizon installation. Curated against Hong Kong’s cityscape, thirty one sculptures were mounted at both street level and building tops across around a kilometer wide zone of Central and Western district.
Antony Gormley comments on the installation in Hong Kong: “What I am trying to do with Event Horizon is something more disturbing than a bit of parsley on top of your steak; in displacing the body I want to displace the sense of normality and status quo, make a rupture and shake things up a bit. Event Horizon isn’t one work; it’s more like an infection of the central area of Hong Kong. The works are like earth on the carpet, an irritant that makes you aware of the texture of the city and each sculpture is a tiny acupuncture needle, piercing the body of the city. Art is more of a process than a thing; these are not statues that uphold a given order but a way of interrogating the given topography of the city, looking at the city itself as if it were a representation of its values. I hope that through the work we will look at the city, its relationship to its natural surroundings and the language of the buildings themselves: colonial, corporate, institutional, public and their dialogue one with the other. One of the functions of the work is to make us more aware of the texture and meaning of the environment around us.”
About Event Horizon
Event Horizon will be the largest public art installation ever seen in Hong Kong with support from visionary landlords and welcomed by the HKSAR Government. The work was originally conceived in 2007 when for the first time over half of the planet’s human population were recorded as living in cities. Thirty one sculptures looking out into space will be installed at both street level and building tops across Hong Kong’s Central and Western districts, questioning how the built world relates to an inherited earth.
About Sir Antony Gormley
Antony Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia) and Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands).
Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003.
Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950.
“Meet with the Artist, Exclusive Wine Reception” hosted by HKU FOSS/SOCI at the Hong Kong University Black Box (HKUBB)
Sir Antony Gormley and Dr. Travis Kong , the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the “Meet with the Artist, Exclusive Wine Reception
Professor John P. Burns , the Dean of Social Sciences and Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong delivered a welcoming speech to the audiences at the Public Talk, with the introduction by Robert Ness, Director of British Council Hong Kong
Sir Antony Gormley at the “Making Space, An Artist Talk by Antony Gormley” at the Grand Hall, HKU