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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhua began working together in the early 1990's. Their partnership goes beyond collaboration, for as Wu remarks, their meeting was a formative experience that allowed for a symbiotic creative dialogue. Wu's extreme complexity of though is mirrored in Thórsdóttir's extreme purity, a polarity that is evident in the insight and perspective that they bring to their works. Since 1992, most of the projects intiated in Wu's name have in fact been collaborative efforts. Their first breakthrough came with the improvisation of 'rainbow aesthetics' which involved the colation of a thousand shades of red taken from supermarket items, mixing ideology with commercial artifacts, propaganda with material desire. This was followed by the Thorsdottir's Pulverisation Service which offered to grind all manner of things into powder. Characteristic of their practice is the utter equality with which they treat all objects, valuable or not. 

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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan, Quote! Quote! Quote! at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
22 March–18 May 2018 Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Quote! Quote! Quote! Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Beyond the Grid at STPI, Singapore
14 November–31 December 2014 Group exhibition Beyond the Grid STPI, Singapore

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Inga Svala Thórsdóttir Ocula Conversation Inga Svala Thórsdóttir Artists

Since meeting in Iceland in 1990, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan have developed a cosmic database of signs, words and forms as a result of their continual and unbiased questioning of the nature of things. 'Our studio was basically a piece of A4 paper,' explains Thórsdóttir, recounting the initial years of their collaboration. From this...

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Taipei Biennial: Planet Earth Defence Command Ocula Report Taipei Biennial: Planet Earth Defence Command 28 Oct 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Like the Earth itself, the debate about what to call the current geological epoch is getting heated. For 11,700 years, since the end of the last ice age, we’ve been living in the Holocene, the temperate climate in which human civilization has thrived. But Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen argues that now mankind has become the most...

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When maths meets art: Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan at Hanart TZ Related Press When maths meets art: Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan at Hanart TZ Art Radar : 10 November 2015

Artists-cum-science-enthusiasts fuse mathematics with art via rigorous methodology and fascinating philosophical concepts. “Circles Vibration – Bracket Bridge” at Hong Kong’s Hanart TZ Gallery showcases unique conceptual works that reach beyond the senses to tickle the mind.

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