二零二二年十一月，「LOVE+: Awakenings」展覽，香港藝術中心，香港｜November 2022, ‘LOVE+: Awakenings’, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
A map of a sea yet to be named
展覽設置 | Exhibition set up
離島海：地圖 | Inter-island Sea: Map
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‘Inter-island Sea: Map’ is a series of maps drawn for a sea in Hong Kong’s southwest. Lying at the conjunction of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, the three main regions in Hong Kong, the sea is arguably the geographical centre of the city. However, this sea has not had a name, and is set to undergo severe change with a looming, massive reclamation of artificial islands with a total area of about 1,700 hectares, destroying the existing ecologies that depend on the sea. I decide to name this sea the Inter-island Sea (after the Inter-island Ferry running between several outlying islands) and gather data about this sea to draw a map.
Rather than conventional maps designed for navigation and exploration, ‘Inter-island Sea: Map’ illustrates the intricate correlation in this sea that deserves respect. The data collected are then grouped into 5 categories:
Foundation: current and depth of the sea
Periphery: geology and human settlement around the sea
Being: Living beings in / around the sea
Zoning: Man-made boundaries in the sea
Connection: flow of essentials and human under / through the sea
Each of the 5 categories is distilled into one map, which can be viewed separately in the atlas. The large map on the wall overlays the 5 maps, demonstrating the totality of the Inter-island Sea.
The land has always been the centre while the sea and islands are the peripheries, a subordinate void free for exploitation. The same centre/periphery relationship can be seen in city/rural and human/nature. What insights will we gain by switching the positions of the centre and the periphery, or even erasing these distinctions?
地圖冊 | Atlas
展覽紀錄 Exhibition documentation:
(c) LOVE+ Awakenings, Gay Games Hong Kong 2023
「LOVE+: Awakenings」策展團隊 Curatorial team, ‘LOVE+: Awakenings’ exhibition
林沛鈺 Jade Lam
波記玻璃相架畫架 Por Kee Glass & Frames