21 Jun, 2019

Encounters Across Cultures: ‘Seeds of Life’ comes to The Upper House

Following a successful launch at The Opposite House in Beijing in March 2019, The House Collective’s Art Programme ‘Encounters Across Cultures’ made its second stop of the art journey to The Upper House in Hong Kong on 22 May.

This year’s programme, ‘Seeds of Life’ features multidisciplinary Swiss-born artist Katja Loher, who is known for her videosculptures, and she would explore different manifestations and facets of the five Chinese elements – wood, fire, water, metal and earth – at each of the four Houses. Each installation takes a different form as it adopts the city and House’s unique personality and characteristics.
For the installation at The Upper House, Katja collaborated with Hong Kong-based feng shui designer, Thierry Chow. Through forming the relationship between the five elements and feng shui, their collaboration reveals how Hong Kong is able to preserve its Chinese traditions despite the Western influences embedded in its culture. Apart from Thierry appearing in Katja’s videos, she also contributed to the location set-up of each video by incorporating and enhancing the free flow of positive energy or ‘qi’ in Chinese, throughout the space.
Thierry graduated from Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, with a Bachelor in Applied Illustration, she brings an artistic perspective to feng shui by applying both emotional and physical elements to different design aspects.
The opening event kicked off successfully with media, special guests and friends of the House celebrating the joint effort of Katja and Thierry. The installation was designed to be an art journey through the House, beginning at Level 4, then travelling to Level 6 and ending at Level 49, allowing guests to discover and be immersed in the displayed elements in various abstract video projections.
Click HERE for more information about Encounters Across Cultures!
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