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Joseph Chen: Shameplant in Glory Hole 陳敬元:在尋歡洞的含羞草

Joseph Chen: Shameplant in Glory Hole陳敬元:在尋歡洞的含羞草

19/06/2021 - 17/07/2021

Videotage is pleased to present Shameplant in Glory Hole, a solo exhibition of Joseph Chen. The exhibition features the artist’s multifaceted works, including videos, images, audio, installations, and archival materials. These works result from artistic research on personal archives that explore the relationship between matter and time.

Shameplant in Glory Hole presents the final phase of the eponymous research project by the artist. It originated from retrieving abandoned data from second-hand hard drive disks found in the Sham Shui Po flea market while drawing inspiration from philosopher Bernard Stiegler’s theory on the inseparable relationship between technology and memory.

In three years, the artist conducted continuous recovery and research of data in personal archives. The textual, audial, and visual data have been transformed from official documents and daily consumption records through the artistic interventions. The artist juxtaposes these externalized memories of others with his own uninscribable, unmemorable or unforgettable internal memories in Videotage’s exhibition space, where he uses artificial and organic materials, fluids, lights, and digital objects to resurrect a private and intimate temporal and spatial experience.

A medium to people’s memories, the exhibition stands between voyeurism and exhibitionism. In the social media and dataveillance era, Shameplant in Glory Hole invites viewers to peek through, eavesdrop on, sneak in, and stalk the micro-histories of familiar strangers.

In the exhibition, each piece is loosely connected to a habit, dialogue, ritual, trauma, trip, or moment that recollects the speakable/unspeakable and visible/invisible stories. For the artist, summoning the pasts of others is reflexive. The phantom possessing the artworks also activates the viewers’ imagination to collage, montage, and assemble an intertwined sensory and emotional order between themselves and the exhibition time-space.

About Shameplant in Glory Hole

Initiated by Joseph Chen in 2019, Shameplant in Glory Hole is a three-year art project that articulates through archival research, exhibitions and performances, multimedia creations, and cross-platform collaborations. The project focuses on second-hand memories and experiences of used commodities such as harddisks sold in the Sham Shui Po flea market, while conceiving the flea market as an alternative space for artistic practices.

Seeking to go beyond personal research, Joseph Chen partnered with Castiel Wong to form the art initiative, Virtue Village. They looked to expand the project into a dialogue with other artists and the Sham Shui Po community through organizing 活體洞, a two-day exhibition and live art performance in a truck parked in the flea market on 1 and 2 May 2021. The event invited 36 artists from Hong Kong, China, the USA, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, and Singapore to participate and co-organized performance sessions with The Originals.

錄映太奇榮幸呈獻香港藝術家陳敬元首個個展 ——「在尋歡洞的含羞草」,展出陳敬元多面向的作品,包括錄像、圖像、裝置及文獻材料等等。是次作品作為陳氏對個人文獻庫的藝術性研究成果,探索物質與時間的關係。

「在尋歡洞的含羞草」呈現陳敬元與展覽同名的廣泛資料搜集與研究計劃的最後階段。計劃源於陳氏在深水埗地攤發現二手硬盤並對其進行數據恢復,同時參考了哲學家Bernard Stiegler對科技與記憶之間不可分割的關係的理論。







event details /

Date: 19/6-17/7/2021
Time: Open Daily / 12 pm – 9 pm
Venue: Videotage, Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Rd, To Kwa Wan, KLN

Opening Reception and Performance
Date & Time: 19/6, Saturday, 7 pm
Performance Artist: 許敖山 Nerve

時間:每天12 pm – 9 pm
地址:香港九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道 63 號牛棚藝術村13 號 錄映太奇

日期與時間:6月19日 星期六, 7 pm
表演藝術家: 許敖山 Nerve