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The Cave with a Wheeze 洞壁與哨鳴
The Cave with a Wheeze 洞壁與哨鳴
The Cave with a Wheeze 洞壁與哨鳴

The Cave with a Wheeze洞壁與哨鳴

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In this fixed-point stop-motion animation, ‘The Cave with a Wheeze,’ Lau draws one carbon-black being after another on a 2m x 3m white wall using charcoal. The beings walk from the edge to gather in the centre of the frame. Depicted, documented and erased – Lau repeats this cycle with each step of each being. The crowd of beings grow until the wall is filled with hundreds of them. Lau then begins wiping the charcoal dust with her hands, attempting to revert the wall back to its original white state. The clock in the upper left corner reflects the time in reality of Lau’s working (starting at noon), in parallel to the condensed time in the animation. In the summer of 2020, Lau spent a lot of time in her studio contemplating this white wall. The idea of ‘filling the wall with bodies’ began to form, bringing us the work ‘The Cave with a Wheeze.’

Summer 2020, The idea of ‘filling the wall with bodies’ glowed as she stayed in the studio, and in there she brought us the work ‘The Cave with a Wheeze’.



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Born in Hong Kong in 1991, Jess gained her BA (Honours) in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong in 2014. Jess’ work applies themes such as narrative fragments, body memory and focus on iterative manual processes and the aggregation of time. Jess’ work involves a wide range of media – videos, animation, installation – it explores the uniqueness and the malleability of each different medium, for example, outlining the fiction and reality with stop-motion animation. Her iconic works are created through the accumulation of labour and time. The material is constantly reorganised, shaped and dismantled in the world of video, connecting and extending with the memory and imagination of the city as well as the individual self. At the same time, her works aim to break the cold impression of media art, to portray the temperature of people, the traces left by her body, and to emphasise the process of creation and imaging. 

Jess’ artworks have been exhibited and screened internationally in: Ars Electronica, Austria, Animatou – International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, Image Forum Festival 2022, Japan, Two Temple Place, London, IFVA Media Art Festival, Hong Kong, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, West Kowloon FreeSpace, Hong Kong and etc. Jess was the selected artist of Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio Residency 2020 and awarded the Nanying Prize from Taiwan 2022. 


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