hong kong: ][ liminal ][

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opening today at the k11 art space is a rather cool digital art exhibition by hong kong-based digital artist duo kenny wong and marco de mutiis, this year's winners of the bloomberg digital arts initiative. wong and de mutiis makes use of swarms of quadcopters to force viewers to re-examine the surrounding space, or lack thereof, in their daily lives. these flying objects have continuously been featured in headline news and ted talks. inspired by the potential of quadcopters for encouraging community interactions and activism through art, wong and de mutiis send swarms of quadcopters flying through hong kong. programmed using open source code to mimic the city’s crowds, these quadcopters sense each other and fly in teams to occupy the in-between spaces of buildings, carparks and stairwells. 

they're equipped with loudspeakers that emit amplified composed soundscapes and cameras that monitor motion, an eerie tense atmosphere is created, acting as a solemn reminder of our crowded daily existence. the exhibition is entitled ][ liminal ][ and features the quadcopters’ flights through the city will be showcased through large video projections and installations. narrow corridors will be filled with images and sounds of quadcopters and its mechanical parts. in a corner, quadcopters in flight will detect and imitate behaviours of crowds walking past in real-time, creating a somewhat eerie sense of surveillance and intrusion. additionally, two educational apps will be made available onsite via tablets, giving viewers greater behind-the-scenes insight. [on through nov 3]. location: k11 art space, 18 hanoi road, unit b207 [tsim sha tsui].

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