[ISEA2016] Artist Statement: Vvzela Kook — Confidential Records: Dual Metropolitans

Artist Statement

Visaural Satellite Event. Venue: Multimedia Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong

Confidential Record: Dual Metropolitans by Vvzela Kook is based on a makeup story – in revealing of a big secret that Kowloon Walled City was never gone, it is just hidden under the ground. The city governed by artificial intelligence, and the underground Kowloon Walled City became the last defense of all human being —— huge data flows between these two gigantic memory systems, how the future world would become?

Integrating with sound/music, visual and new media, the artist will take the audience through an exceptional cyber city journey.

Throughout the past hundred years, Kowloon Walled City mostly worked as a community that with military and political function, it maximized the ability of improvisation and compatibility, and finally developed into a huge and comprehensive urban system. The issue of governance of the site which had permitted the unfettered development of these few hectares was finally resolved and the decades of growth ended.In this project I’m trying to make an audacious assumption: Scientist Ray Kurzweil defines the acceleration of development of technology as Law of Accelerating Returns. He thinks that human could make the progress of the entire 20th century with only 20 years in 21 century. People think that technology develops linearly, but what if it is growing exponentially, and we are here right before the “explosion”, what will happen decades later might threat all human being. And what happens if Kowloon Walled city still exists in this hypothesis? What functions will it have, what progress will it have made? What kind of role will it play between artificial intelligence and human? [Source: cityu.edu.hk/bg/exhibitions/ontheroad/vvzela.html#]

  • Born in 1990, Vvzela Kook is a new media artist living and working in Hong Kong who mainly works in audiovisual media, including performance, theatre, generative video and drawing. The condensed textures in her work connect with multiple sensual levels of the viewer’s perception and thus reintroduce the unexplored potential of video as a medium. cityu.edu.hk/bg/exhibitions/ontheroad/vvzela.html

Presented by Microwave. Supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council Event Partner Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong. Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.