Hong Kong artist Wong Chi-yung has been chosen to take part in a major European inter-regional arts, science and technology festival.
The International Meeting in Performing Arts and Creative Technologies (IMPACT) Festival, which is funded by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund to foster experimental art, science, technological and industrial collaboration, is being held from 3 to 20 November 2018 in five European cities: Liège, Hasselt and Eupen in Belgium, Maastricht in the Netherlands, and Aachen in Germany. One of the festival's pillars is IMPACT Lab, an incubator of artistic and technological projects which aims to bring together artists, academic researchers and industrialists to work on a common challenge. This is the first time that the IMPACT Festival has featured a Hong Kong artist.
Mr Wong's 20 metres by 5 metres immersive light installation "To see the world in a grain of sand", which is inspired by mindfulness, has been selected by the IMPACT Festival in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and will be exhibited at the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium, the Festival's overall coordinator, for the duration of the event. The HKETO, Brussels is pleased to be one of the main sponsors of the exhibition, which is also supported by the Belgium-Hong Kong Society.
The experiential, trans-disciplinary installation concept developed by Mr Wong is conceived as a meditative journey composed of a combination of light, sound and tactile experiences. Visitors are invited to consciously experience their sensations to better communicate with their own thoughts, corporal rhythm and emotions.
The IMPACT festival will also feature a "Hong Kong meets IMPACT" talk on 7 November during which Mr Wong, the General Manager of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Ms Connie Lam, and the Artist in Labs Director, Zurich University, Ms Iréne Hediger, will speak about the project and relations between arts, sciences and technologies.