Converging Parallels: A Celebration of SCM’s 25 Years at the Forefront of Media Art-Making

Cedric Maridet (Artist), Yuk Yiu Ip (Other), Kattie Fan (Other), Carla Chan (Artist), Joseph Chan (Artist), Hoi Tat Chan (Artist), Chris Cheung (Artist), Lilian Fu (Artist), Phoebe Hui (Artist), Vvzela Kook (Artist), Ching Wa, Jess Lau (Artist), Yuk-ki, Florence Lee (Artist), Gaybird (Artist), Andy Li (Artist), Yun Ting, Edwin Lo (Artist), Jolene Mok (Artist), Kai Chung, Tommy Ng (Artist), Eric Siu (Artist), Kachi Chan (Artist), Wing Shan Wong (Artist)Ka Wai, Eason Tsang (Artist), Haze Tsui (Artist), Chi Chuen, Kenny Wong (Artist), Morgan Wong (Artist), Jiaru Wu (Artist)

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Abstract

Converging Parallels: A Celebration of SCM’s 25 Years at the Forefront of Media Art-Making is a media art exhibition that invites you to embark on a captivating exploration through two decades of ground-breaking media art development in Hong Kong. This exhibition, titled after its profound theme, celebrates the convergence of exceptional alumni and students from the School of Creative Media, showcasing their transformative works that mark the culmination of their artistic journeys at the intersection of art and technology.

Featuring a variety of works that includes animation, film, photography, painting, media installation, robotic art, sound installation, video art and more, this exhibition displays the diversity and virtuosity of these artists, and the contribution that the School of Creative Media has brought to the artistic community over the course of the past 25 years. Through their inventive approaches and thought-provoking concepts, these artworks invite viewers to explore the complex domain of artistic expression and contemplation.

Cedric Maridet
Parhelia, 2015-2024, 3 kinetic sculptures

Parhelia is a series of three kinetic sculptures crafted from
steel with dynamic light projection. These sculptures are an
interpretation of the remnants of human activity within the
Arctic town of Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian settlement
on Svalbard. The work delves into the layers of Pyramiden’s
history, encapsulating its Soviet-era past, subsequent
abandonment, and the multifaceted lenses through which
it can be viewed – from reflections on utopian ideals to
glimpses into Cold War geopolitics, and as a historical
episode in Arctic exploration entwined with the complexities
of the Anthropocene.
The title, Parhelia, draws a direct connection to the atmospheric
optical phenomena commonly known as sundogs, observable
in cold weather conditions. These sundogs are caused by the
reflection, refraction, and dispersion of sunlight by rotating
ice crystals in the atmosphere, typically found in cirrus
clouds. They are characterized by the appearance of two
bright spots on either side of the sun, creating a visual effect
that resembles two additional suns.
The kinetic sculptures—possible early cinema devices—
recreate this optical phenomenon: as the sculptures
dynamically turn on their axis, projected lights pass through
spinning crystals, conjuring a visual spectacle that mirrors
the natural occurrence of sundogs. This interplay of form,
light, and movement weaves together elements of history
and science, inviting narrative reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOther
Sizevariable
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2024

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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  • kinetic art

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