Mr Kingsley Ng’s tram art project traverses Hong Kong Island.


伍韶勁先生創作的藝術電車穿梭港島。

The process of tram transformation, with Kingsley standing at the back.


電車變身的過程,圖中後者為伍韶勁先生。

Date: 23 Mar 2017 (Thursday)

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Visual Arts scholar’s tram art project on display at world’s leading art show

視覺藝術院伍韶勁創作藝術電車穿梭港島

The tram art project Twenty-Five Minutes Older produced by Mr Kingsley Ng, Assistant Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts of HKBU, is one of the featured public presentations of this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong.

The two Hong Kong trams which have both been transformed into a moving camera obscura offer free rides daily between Wan Chai and Sheung Wan from now through 28 March. Pre-registered passengers can ride the tram and admire the recitation of excerpts of the Chinese fiction Intersections by renowned novelist Mr Liu Yichang. This is the third time Twenty-Five Minutes Older is being showcased.

By covering the exterior of the vehicle and allowing light to enter through small pinholes, Mr Ng turned each tram into a mobile camera obscura. In such a way, passengers can enjoy the outside scenery which is projected onto the interior walls inverted and reversely.

Mr Ng said: “The same Chinese fiction Intersections was used as the framework this time, but allows passengers to understand the two fictional characters more in depth.” He said riding the iconic and historic tram amid the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong is like panning a camera along the street slowly. He said: “Seeing the city on a tram is comparable to watching traditional Chinese landscape paintings — you can be inspired to see something beyond the paintings.” He added that passengers can enjoy different experiences depending on the time of day. At night, for example, the neon lights projected into the tram give an abstract experience.

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浸大視覺藝術院助理教授伍韶勁先生創作的藝術電車「二十五分鐘後」於3月20至28日期間每日在灣仔電車路上出現,是今屆香港巴塞爾藝術展的其中一件「流動作品」。

參與項目的兩部電車大變身,在灣仔及上環來回行駛,預先登記的乘客進入電車後,可欣賞車內的流動畫面伴以著名作家劉以鬯的中篇小說《對倒》中的節錄朗讀,費用全免。是次為「二十五分鐘後」的第三度展出。

伍先生於電車上層左右各設置一個暗室投影光圈,製造兩組流動影像,將電車化身成流動相機暗室。在約25分鐘的車程中,乘客可體驗倒映的城市光影,結合藝術及互動。

伍韶勁先生說:「是次展出同樣以小說《對倒》為文本,不同的是今次以兩個小說角色作骨幹,乘客可從兩個角度去了解角色。」他表示,歷史悠久的電車在急促的城市中就像相機鏡頭一樣慢慢地擺鏡,他笑言,「從電車窗觀看城市可媲美欣賞山水畫,有一種山後有山的感覺。」他指出,白天進入電車觀看跟晚上又是不同感覺,晚間城市的霓虹燈光影投影進電車,感覺更抽象。

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