Distortions 曲緒流觴

Wai Yi SO

Research output: Creative Works (Non-textual form)Visual Installation


Light Art, Installation with Multiple Video Projections 光影裝置

​I’m a bit overwhelmed by Hong Kong in recent years with its distortions – the absurd political situation, the unstable social order, the unjust human rights situation, the problematic value system and the complex identities of the citizens. The media are all screaming and I am maladapting to all these with the hope that I won’t collapse. I wonder if the direction of my artistic practice would be lost if I lose myself, or whether a profound investigation of such confusion is in fact the meaning of art. With all these in mind, I decided to start this art project “Distortions”.

Eventually, with the passage of time and the development of the project, the focus shifted from the effects of distortion to the dynamic flow and motion in artistic expression. Later on, for the Chinese work title, I decided to use a Chinese idiom instead of a direct translation. “Winding Water, Floating Cups” - this refers to a type of cultural activity in ancient China, where the literati gathered along a winding water path for drinking and cultural exchange. They took their wine with wooden cups floating on the water. This was a tradition to get rid of bad luck. Maybe that is exactly what I need at this moment.

This work includes two parts:
-Maladaptive Self
-Traffic of Thoughts


Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Bibliographical note

Infinite Universe: Hong Kong International Photo Festival 4 "What Do You Want For Tomorrow?" Light Art, Installation with Multiple Video Projections. Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Hong Kong International Photo Festival & LCSD


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