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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Presents New Commission in Hong Kong by Local Artist, Morgan Wong

12 March 2015
Morgan Wong, Untitled - Expressway, 2015, Courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, photo: Anthony Kwan.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled a new installation by Hong Kong-based artist Morgan Wong on 10 March 2015 and will be on display for one week to coincide with Asia’s leading art fair, Art Basel in Hong Kong (15 – 17 March 2015). Ocula talked to Morgan Wong about the new work, as well as the partnership between Rolls-Royce and Pearl Lam galleries.  Wong investigates the value of urban development in relation to the irrepressibility of time by transforming Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Spirit of Ecstasy, from a symbol of beauty to an emblem for capturing timelessness. 

Paul Harris, Asia Pacific Regional Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “In Morgan Wong’s work, we see a convergence of technology and art. It bears an interesting parallel to the confluence of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke craftsmanship and the cutting edge technologies used both in our manufacturing and on-board Rolls-Royce cars themselves.


Morgan Wong, Untitled - Expressway, 2015, Courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, photo: Anthony Kwan.

Congratulations on your Rolls-Royce commission. How did it come about?

Rolls-Royce and Pearl Lam Galleries have collaborated in the past and they both find my earlier works regarding humanity in the cityscape like Journey - Hong Kong (2007) and Untitled - Agnosia Series I (2011), aligns with their concern . So I was granted with this great opportunity to make a new commission and to work on my own research revisiting urban development in Hong Kong particularly on the 'Satellite Town' scheme introduced by the colonial government.

Please can you tell us briefly about the work that you have created?

In the end, the work is a 4 channel video installation with an archival image on the floor, video playback on the backseat monitor and a book originally published in 1902. The work spreads a long time frame of the New Town in Hong Kong from prehistoric period to modern time and an unknown future represented by an 3D rendering animation. The narration inside the car grounds the whole visual experience.

From left to right: Samuel Sun, Morgan Wong and Paul Harris, Courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Hong Kong, photo Anthony Kwan.

And is there a key message you are trying to convey?

I think I am trying to discover humanity within the incredible speed of urban development and to create a situation for the audience to ponder or to feel a kind of timelessness. That’s why the work contains such a long thread of temporality from prehistoric to the future. With the audience having the opportunity to be inside the car and to see flashing lights, there is a calmness inside the compartment for him/ her to focus on a video which is almost like a frozen frame of the urban landscape and a narration describing urban development planning but you are not sure of what exactly the time it is talking about.

How was the experience of working with such a prestigious brand as Rolls-Royce?

It was fun. I didn't expect it would be as fun as it has been while still maintaining a high level of professionalism. Being driven through the city within their automobiles was already kind of a high. Imagine mounting a professional video camera on the front of one of the cars. It's was kind of cool. And I am so happy the brand has been very open for me to transform their showroom completely. With the car being drive through a wall, a projection shining on the car bonnet and having a large archival image vinyl stickers on the floor. More importantly, they appreciate my research for this commission which was inspired by the brand's Mascot and respect the artistic integrity. 

Morgan Wong, Untitled - Expressway, 2015, Courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, photo: Anthony Kwan.

As a local Hong Kong artist it must be very satisfying to show your new work during Hong Kong Art Week? How do you think the local audience will react?

I am happy to show and create work which fits within the context and not limited to this week of the whole year. This week is a bit different maybe only because my friends from overseas can see my work in person and we can have a drink afterward.

It is actually very amazing that the Rolls-Royce show room is located in the heart of Wanchai in which there are many different kinds of sectors of general public all together. It will be interesting to see someone who doesn't expect themselves to be in a car showroom to experience the work. While on a contextual level. The work is like a revision of one of the most important the colonial policies that has affected a large number of general public in the city due to urban planning.

What else are you looking forward to during Hong Kong Art Week?

The new exhibition at Parasite, also Leung Chi Wo and Sara Wong exhibition at Blindspot gallery, as well as PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS 2015 at Videotage. The exhibition on New Measurement Group curated by Carol Lu just across the border shouldn't be missed. —[O]


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