Pak Sheung Chuen: That Light

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Ten years, Hundred years, One day, That light

Ten years ago (2005-6-16),
I saw 4 numbers at the bus stop,
and made a phone call to the sequence of numbers.

02 Busstop.VOB - 00.00.51.552Familiar Numbers, Unknown Telephone, 2005-5-16 (13:15-18), telephone recording

Telephone conversation between Pak Sheung Chuen and “Mr. Bus”:

“phys lo…”(inaudible)
“Hello! Hello!”
“Yes, Hi, Good morning!”
“Is this 9191-9296?”
“Yes! Yes!”
“I saw your number on a bus-stop… on a bus-stop near Tseng Lan Shue.”
“Tseng Lan Shue? May I please know what is this all about?”
“Ha! Nothing, I just thought it was interesting how I saw a number (on the bus-stop), so I tried to call and see if anyone would pick up.”
“Ha! No way! Where was it (the number) posted?”
“On a bus-stop called Denon… Denon Terrace, near Teseng Lan Shue (Sai Kung).”
“So how was it? Was it written on the bus-stop? Or was is spray painted on? Or something else?”
“It was just spray painted on the bus-stop, with eight numbers. I was curious about the phone number, so I tried and saw if anyone would pick up. Ha, someone actually did…”
“Haha! That is a bit strange.”“Well, my surname is Pak…”
“Yes…(in doubt) Hi… Was (this number) used as an advertisement?”
“It was not an advertisement, it was just written on the bus-stop: 9191-9296.”
“Is it one of those newer bus-stops?”
“Yes! Yes!”
“The one with plastic plate and stainless steel?”
“That’s right!”
“That’s very strange, I don’t understand it, but thanks a lot.”
“I’m sorry about this, but thanks for your time.”
“Thank you, good bye!”
“Good bye!”

This artwork was published on 19.06.2005 Ming Pao (Hong Kong daily newspaper).
22.08.2005, When I went to Sai Kung, I found the route signs “91 91M 92 96R” disappear. I guess they are being stolen.

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Meeting with Mr. Bus After Ten Years, 2005-2015, Newspaper, books, photos and documents, etc., installation view at “Pak Sheung Chuen: That Light”, Mirrored Gardens, 2016

I published the bus stop work at a newspaper.
Ten years later I asked that person to meet up at the bus stop.
I let him listen to the phone recording from that year,
and had an exhaustive interview with him. 

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The Moment of Encounter with Mr. Bus, 2015-12-12 (11:10:39), text, video, installation view at “Pak Sheung Chuen: That Light”, Mirrored Gardens, 2016

At the time of appointment Mr. Bus didn’t show up.
As it turned out, he had actually walked past me twice,
only that I didn’t know it was him,
and he didn’t know it was me.

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Passing by (#TM849, #TM893, #TM933, #TM960), 2016, steel, photos

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Exhibition view at “Pak Sheung Chuen: That Light”, Mirrored Gardens, 2016

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The Horizon Placed at Home, 2004-9-8, Seawater (Victoria Harbor), map

I draw a horizontal line on the map of Victorial Harbor.
The horizontal line went through five coasts.
I fill the bottle up to the same level with the sea water.
The sea water is of the same height.
I put the five bottles of sea water at home,
a horizon emerged.

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Flowing Boundary:  The Western Border (113°52’E) (2016), map component

Description of the map:
In 1898, Qing China and the United Kingdoms signed the Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory, which designated the Hong Kong border and leased the area now known as the New Territories to the United Kingdoms for a period of 99 years. This territory continues to be put in use as the boundary between Mainland China and Hong Kong. This map is annexed to the Convention, whose original is housed in the National Archives of the UK.

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I followed the western border on the map:
113°52’E,
collected 330 liters of seawater from north to south
and erected a monument to accommodate it.
The seawater ran down from 3 meters high
into a straight line
which is parallel to the perpendicular border on the map.

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Flowing Boundary: The Western Border (113°52’E) (2016), seawater and boundary monument stone


I stayed to the spot 4km away from the western border of Hong Kong,
pointed the camera towards the west and shot a video.
The horizon in the frame
overlaps exactly with the borderline shown on the map.

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Flowing Boundary: The Western Border (113°52’E) (2016), still image from the video component

IMG_8574_MIMG_8579_ML120821-L120827, 2012, notes, text installation

L120821-L120827 (excerpts of the text)

******************************************************Record the sound of a space of complete silence. 2012-8-21 / Loiter in the city aimlessly, find an empty room then enter, record sound. Use HD panoramic shooting, long take with fixed focus and professional sound recording. / Or, recruit volunteers online, visit their homes and make a lengthy shooting when in silence. / Title: Looking for a Silent City /***Pick up a stranger’s nail and see it as a moon. 2012-8- 21 / Stick it onto the lamp. /***Use a keyboard reversely. 2012-8-21 /***Use the keyboard to compose a soundtrack for a rain. 2012- 8-21 / Location: in the office of a company, Cast: entire crew /***Aviate an aircraft following a ridge line. 2012-8-21 /***To believe that a cloud is hidden behind the mountain. 2012-8-21 / Use two cameras to shoot the front and the back of a mountain, see both the front and the back as the same mountain, or its reflection and mirrored image. Play them on two TV sets side by side, or on two sides of one wall. / Title: To Believe  at a Cloud is Hidden Behind the Mountain /***2012-8-21/Imagine yourself standing in the room at the furthest corner of a building. 2012-8-21 /***Let your virus enter my body. 2012-8-21 /When your loved one is sick, get near her to be infected, then speak to her of your statement of love with a sickened voice. / Find a couple that caught a cold at the same time and record their daily conversation. / Title: The Entanglement of Love and Sickness /***When the bus driver isn’t playing music on the mini-bus, play music with your phone for other passengers. 2012-8-21 /***At midnight, go to a place where there’s no one. 2012-8-21 / In a remote place, build a house on top of a hill, lend it to someone who doesn’t want to go home late at night. Watch his silhouette moving in a light spot through a telescope at home. / Title: People from Far Away is Watching You //

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Nightmare Wallpaper (No. ESC2615-15/e): Picture of the Beasts in a Dream, 2016, wallpaper

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Nightmare Wallpaper (No. ESC2615-15/h): Picture of the Slumbering Horse, 2016, wallpaper

“白双全:那光”展览现场,镜花园,2016,图片:维他命文献库

Nightmare Wallpaper (No. ESC2615-15/e): Picture of the Beasts in a Dream, 2016, wallpaper

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“白双全:那光”展览现场,镜花园,2016,图片:维他命文献库

Exhibition view at “Pak Sheung Chuen: That Light”, Mirrored Gardens, 2016

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TV Stars, 2006-12-28, single channel video

Two shivering lights look like stars hanging over the distant building,
they are two persons watching television at the same time with their light shut.

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TV Stars (2006-12-28), video stills

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That Two Spots of Light, 2016, two channel video

I scale up the two dots of light
into the size of a television to watch them.

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Believers and Sacred Objects, 2012-2-17, newspaper

Images / text: the artist and Vitamin Archive

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Opening:  2pm, 17 December (Saturday), 2016
Duration:  17 December, 2016 – 26 February, 2017
Venue:  Mirrored Gardens
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm

Address:  Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden, Panyu, Guangzhou, China
Tel:  +86-20-31043759
Contact:  mirroredgardens@vitamincreativespace.art
For more information, please see:
www.vitamincreativespace.art/en/mirrored-gardens

Lighting system research and support: Yangdong Fitech Technology Co., Ltd.
Textile research in collaboration with Kvadrat

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