Wong Kit Yi, Uploading Consciousness to a Lotus Root, 2018. HD video with sound, 21:20 minutes

Wong Kit Yi, Uploading Consciousness to a Lotus Root, 2018. HD video with sound, 21:20 minutes

Wong Kit Yi

>> Presented by a.m. space

a.m.space (Hong Kong) will present a new video installation—a mini iridescent karaoke booth—in IRL {In Real Life} Platform, by New York / Hong Kong based artist Wong Kit Yi. At ASIA NOW, Wong brings to the question: How long is forever? In legal contracts, genetics, art, and our personal lives, we often employ expressions like “in perpetuity”, “everlasting”, “permanent”, even “immortal”. Yet the meaning of these terms is different in every situation and often alters in response to changing circumstances. Wong Kit Yi's work traces this conundrum across history and into such current biotechnology fields as gene splicing and reverse aging. She also asks: What happens if we have a contract that lasts for 99 years or 999 years?

Founded in 2013, a.m. space is a platform for contemporary art practices and emerging artists. Since its foundation, a.m. space has participated to various international art fairs such as Art Taipei, Art Stage and Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 and 2016.

>> Meet Wong Kit Yi for a Performative Lecture @ASIA NOW 2019 - Chat Room

BIOGRAPHY

Wong Kit Yi lives and works between Hong Kong and New York. Her artistic interest has long centred on odd scientific findings and the dysfunctional marriage between science and pseudoscience science. In her practice, she focuses on basic units — cells, digital bits, genes, microseconds—and the systems in which time, space, and information are organized. Her latest research concerns genetics, DNA technology, mythology, Japanese manga, meteorological interventions, models of ownership/leasing, and biology of aging and immortality. 

Wong’s solo shows include Magic Wands, Batons and DNA Splicers (Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2018), and Futures, Again (P!, New York, 2017). Her works have been included in group projects at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (Riga), Para Site (Hong Kong), and the Queens Museum (New York). Reviews have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Art in America, Contemporary Art Daily, e-flux conversations, ArtReview, ARTnews, Asian Art News, The Art Newspaper, ArtAsiaPacific, China Daily, LEAP and Modern Painters et cetera. Wong received her MFA from Yale University in 2012. She speaks native Cantonese, fluent English, and hysterical Mandarin.