Metamorphosis or Confrontation
Metamorphosis or Confrontation
Location:
The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), The University of Hong Kong, 1/F, T.T. Tsui Building, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

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Metamorphosis or Confrontation, Tobias Klein’s most extensive solo exhibition to date on the theme of Digital Craftsmanship. Klein was trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2014, he taught for more than ten years at the world-renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Royal College of Art. Klein holds a PhD from RMIT Melbourne and currently teaches in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. By exploring applications of 3D printing in architecture, art, design and interactive media installations, Klein has created a fusion of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies built from natural materials, found objects and cultural historical references. In his work, Klein develops the emerging discipline of Digital Craftsmanship as an operational synthesis between digital and physical tools and techniques.

The UMAG exhibition, curated by Harald Kraemer, traces Klein’s work over the past decade and is structured in four distinct areas: Bones, Masks, Mutations and Forces. Each theme unravels the relationships and evolution of the artist’s body of work, while at the same time demanding that visitors take a position of negotiation, evolution or confrontation.

The first room, Bones, serves as a general introduction. Full of references and models that were both inspiration and source material for the artist, the space has been transformed into a cabinet of curiosities (Wunderkammer). The second room, Masks, is dedicated to a single work. Inspired by the intricate detail and cultural allusions of Cantonese Opera masks, this interactive installation transforms the visitor into a participatory player within a landscape of discoveries and unexpected moments. Mutations, the third exhibition space, places three different works in a stimulating constellation—The Invisible Human, Melted Proportions and Witnesses—while thematising a shift in time and space. In the final room, Forces, Klein establishes a dialogue between traditional forms of Chinese wood carving, experimental glass blowing and the ornamentation of digital transformations. 

Seen as a whole, the individual rooms establish myriad readings. On the one hand, they allow for an understanding of the mastery of both digital and analogue materials while expressing the ability to apply interpretative and communicative techniques between old and new. This entire exhibition may be regarded as an extended Wunderkammer—a total work of art—which impressively presents the rich tapestry of Digital Craftsmanship.

Details of the Exhibition

Period: May 20, 2020 (Wednesday) to August 30, 2020 (Sunday)

Opening Hours:
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays

Venue: 1/F, T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Tel/Email: (852) 2241 5500 (General Enquiry) / museum@hku.hk

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.umag.hku.hk/en/


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[ARTIST TALK] DIGITAL CERAMICS: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN DR FLORIAN KNOTHE AND DR TOBIAS KLEIN

Transferring the qualities of cultural craftsmanship from Chinese Ceramics to digital manufacturing and 3D printing.

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Drake Gallery, 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Language: English
Cost: Free admission, all are welcome. Registration required: https://bit.ly/digitalceramics
For more details, please refer to https://www.umag.hku.hk/en/event_detail.php?id=5353682

[WORKSHOP] DIGITAL CRAFTSMANSHIP - 3D PRINTING, SCANNING AND MODELING

As part of the exhibition Metamorphosis or Confrontation, the artist Tobias Klein will host a series of workshops with a focus on 3D scanning and printing. Participants will scan found objects, digitally alter and design the scanned forms, and then 3D print the results. 

Session  | Date    | Time  | Content
Session 1 | Saturday, 20 June 2020 | 2:00pm -5:00pm  | Introduction to 3D Printing and 3D Scanning
Session 2 | Sunday, 21 June 2020  | 2:00pm -5:00pm  | 3D Printing Modeling
Session 3 | Saturday, 27 June 2020 | 2:00pm -3:30pm  | Touch up and Conclusion

Venue: Workshop Room, G/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
Cost: HK$200 per person
Audience and Limit: Aged 18 or above, maximum 8 people per class
Language: English
Materials: All printing materials will be provided. Participants are required to bring their own laptop to class. A software is required to be downloaded prior to the class, more information will be available when closer to date.
Note: Participants are required to attend ALL sessions. 

Registration & Enquiries: Registration opens from 26 May to 13 June 2020.
For enquiries, please contact Chelsea Choi: cchelsea@hku.hk / 2241 5509.
For details of the workshop, please refer to https://www.umag.hku.hk/en/event_detail.php?id=6353582

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香港大學美術博物館很榮幸呈獻《蛻變或對抗》展覽,本展覽是簡鳴謙迄今舉辦過最全面的數碼工藝主題個展。簡鳴謙是一名建築師,畢業於英國倫敦大學巴特雷建築環境學院。在二零一四年定居香港前,他曾在舉世聞名的倫敦建築聯盟學院和皇家藝術學院授課長達十多年。簡鳴謙在皇家墨爾本理工大學取得哲學博士學位,目前任教於香港城市大學創意媒體學院。

簡鳴謙通過探索三維打印技術在建築、藝術、設計和互動媒體裝置等領域的應用,創造出一套建基於自然物料、現成物和文化歷史典故,糅合了當代電腦輔助設計及製造系統的技術。他的作品將新興的數碼工藝專業,發展成一種介乎數碼與物質工具和材料的運作綜合。

由孔慧鋭策劃的《蛻變或對抗》展覽以骨頭、面具、變異和力量四個獨特的領域,探索簡鳴謙過往十年的創作。每個展區的主題既揭示一眾作品之間的關係和演化,同時邀請觀眾投入其中,作出協商、演變或對抗。第一展區「骨頭」是本展覽的序篇,展場幻化成一所珍奇屋(Wunderkammer),佈滿那賦予藝術家創作靈感和啟發的參考資料和模型。第二展區「面具」精選展示一件互動式藝術裝置,其創作靈感源自粵劇面具上複雜精緻的圖案和文化隱喻。這件裝置讓觀眾置身於一個充滿探索發現和意外驚喜的場景,搖身一變成為積極踴躍的玩家。第三展區「變異」,以時間和空間的轉移為主題,在星羅棋佈、充滿啟發性的空間內展出三組不同的作品——〈隱形人〉、〈熔融比例〉與〈見證人〉。在最後的「力量」展區,簡鳴謙建立起一種中國木雕的傳統造型、實驗玻璃吹製和數碼轉型的裝飾之間的對話。

整體而言,各個展區帶出多方面涵義。它們既使人了解到藝術家能夠同時駕馭數碼和類似物材料,也展現出他可在新舊之間運用一己的演繹和溝通技巧。本展覽反映數碼工藝多元豐富的內涵,可被視為一所擴建的珍奇屋——整體藝術作品。

展覽詳情

展出日期:2020520日(星期三)至2020830日(星期日)
開放時間:
星期二至星期六,上午930分至下午6
星期日,下午1時至6
逢星期一、大學及公眾假期休息
地點:香港薄扶林般咸道90 港大美術博物館徐展堂樓1
電話電郵:(852) 2241 5500 (一般查詢) / museum@hku.hk
費用:免費入場
詳情請參閱:
http://www.umag.hku.hk/tc/