Columbus of Horticulture

Dimension variable
Animation (4mins 50s), 3D printed objects, glass dome, acrylic board, tea tree seeds (Camellia Sinensis)

This work stems from Vvzela Kook’s on-going research about the role of botany in the history of imperialism.
Botanical science became an important part of empire-building for European countries during the 16th to 19th
century, as maritime exploration often profited from the discovery of valuable exotic plants. Focusing on the
British colonial “plant hunter,” who searched the empire’s colonies for precious plants and seeds to bring back
to the royal botanical gardens, this animation simulates the frenzied excitement of discovery, as well as the
colonial desire to scour new botanical resources. While the animation imagines a fictional island, accompanying
objects encased in glass vitrines model actual botanical specimens such as rubber tree, tea tree and orchid, all
connected with the colonization of South America, India and Hong Kong.

Text by Joyce Hei-ting Wong
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曲淵澈 | Vvzela KOOK

Vvzela Kook is a new media artist who mainly works in audiovisual mediums, including performance, theatre, computer graphics and drawing. Kook’s
video works combine technology with her artistic practice to reproduce and convert urban cityscapes into an integrated virtual experience, guiding the
audience on a cybernetic journey. The condensed textures in her works connect with multiple sensual levels in our perception and reintroduce the
unexplored potential of video as a medium.The narrative plays an important role in her work, the transmedia storytelling is part of the artistic concept.
Especially the mixing of delicate drawings, 3D printing and video game optics in her videos show the wide range of media and materials the artist uses
to visually translate her research-based projects.

Kook has participated and shown her works in C-Lab Taipei (2019), MoCA Taipei (2019), Asia Society Hong Kong Centre (2019), Tai Kwun (2019),
Microwave International Media Festival in Hong Kong (2018, 2016), PuSh Performing Art Festival in Vancouver(2017), Centre for Heritage Arts and
Textile (2017), K11 Shanghai (2016), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015), and “89+”program (2012) co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets.

Solo exhibition/project
.*2019.09   Artist in Residency in Autumn 2019,Konfuzius-Institut Nürnberg-Erlangen, Germany

.*2019.10   Sula Lighthouse Residency Program, Sula Lighthouse Art Foundation, Norway

. 2017.11    "Any dimension you like",Edmond Gallery, Berlin, Germany

. 2017.06    "It was the best of times, it ws the worst of times", duo solo exhibition with Lee Cheng, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, USA

. 2017.02    "Watermark", media walk, Vancouver, Canada

Selected Group exhibitions and performanes:
.*2019.07    "To See the Forest and the Trees"​, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong

. 2019.03    "Fragrant Little Haven"​, Tomorrow Maybe, Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong

. 2019.05    "​Play.Ground II: Video Game Art From Hong Kong",​ VGA Gallery, Chicago, USA

. 2019.04    "​Mercurial Boundaries: Imagining Future Memory​", Museum of National Taipei University of Education, Taipei

. 2019.04    "​WhereHaveAlltheFlowersGone-TheseFlowers", ​MusicalMemory&Art Exhibition, MoCA, Taipei

. 2019.04    "Sound Forms, multichannel sound festival", Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, Hong Kong

. 2019.03    "​Hactivate Yourself​", 1a Space, Hong Kong

. 2019.01    "​Art After Hours:Hong Kong Visions with Contemporary Musiking HK",Tai Kwun, Hong Kong

. 2018.11    "​Much Ado About Everything"​, Microwave New Media Art Festival, Hong Kong

. 2018.04    "42", multimedia concert, Blackbox Studio, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong

. 2018.03    "On the Road: Young Media Artist in China", City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

. 2017.11    "On the Road", Guanshanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

. 2017.09    "The Garden", K11, Hong Kong

. 2017.03    "Dialogue of Trees", media concert tour in Norway

. 2017.02    PuSh Performing Arts festival, Vancouver, Canada.

. 2016.11    "You are not alone", Oi! Street Art Space


. 2016.11    UnStumm, audiovisual collaborative project. New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong

. 2016.10    Hong Kong Artist books of Sketches, DreamLikeBubble, Hong Kong

. 2016.05    VISAURAL, audio-visual performance, Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong

. 2016.03    WE: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists, K11 Shanghai, Shanghai

· 2015.11    Cinema Silenzio, Clockenflap. West Kowloon Culture District, Hong Kong

· 2015.11    Multimedia concert Dialogue of Trees-Hong Kong & Norway. Y Studio, Youth Square, Hong Kong

· 2015.11    “jolt touring festival”, collaborate with Dj Sniff and Chin King.

· 2015.11    “Fleeing by Night”. Intermedia dance theater, visual design, ,Guangdong Contemporary Dance Festival, Guangzhou

· 2015.09    “All in one”. Sound and light show for Open Sky Campus. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

· 2015.03    "Fleeing by Night",Intermedia dance theater,Visual Design, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Contemporary Dance Series

· 2014.12    RPM: Sound Art China, City University of Hong Kong

· 2014.11    "Fleeing by Night", Intermedia dance theater,Visual Design,YINZI Theater, Chong Qing

· 2014.09    "A Study on Geometry", Sonic Anchor #18 - Virtuosic Electronica, McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre

· 2013.12    "DOOR", Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong

· 2013.03    "Revolution Per Minute: Sound Art China", Colgate University, NY,USA

· 2012.12    “DLD Conference, 89+panel”,Curated by hans Ulrich Orbist & Simon Castets,Munich,German

· 2012.01    “Virtual Mancer”, NEW ASDICON Group, Opening ceremony of Green Box exhibition

· 2012.12    "ART In DIGITAL REALMS", Wuhan K11 Art Space

· 2012.12    Frischzelle Live Performance Workshop, China Academy of Art

· 2012.12    "RAM Sound: Adjustable disordered",Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum

· 2012.09    Frischzelle Festival and Dusseldorf Festival, Cologne and Dusseldorf

· 2012.08    Six Channel Sound Installation "Reincarnation", Vvzela Qu, Lijie Tan. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

· 2012.12    Bauhaus Theater+Hangzhou Sonart 4.4, Hangzhou Sonart Club

· 2011.12    "ASDICON3.0" ASDICON group, UFO Media Theater

· 2011.11    ASDICON2.0 "Happy Shall He Be" ASDICON group, Hangzhou Sonart 4.3, Hangzhou Sonart Club

· 2011.06    ASDICON1.0 "Machinery Induction" ASDICON group, Hangzhou Sonart 4.2, Hangzhou Sonart Club

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