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Installation exhibition opens up a new vision of art

An exhibition that combines the media of digital, video, photography, installation and performing art, stretching the imagination of the audience to a new horizon will run at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from tomorrow (May 15) to July 11.

The exhibition, "Topologies of the Instant - Digital Installation of N+N Corsino", is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong, and sponsored by Dr James Kung, and Mr Wayne Leung. It is a programme of International Museum Day 2004, Hong Kong and Le French May 2004.

Speaking at today's (May 14) opening ceremony of the exhibition, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee, said the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and the LCSD had been close partners in presenting exhibitions of world acclaimed masters and important art schools in France.

"These exhibitions have opened up new visions of artistic appreciation and provided fresh inspirations for Hong Kong audience," said Ms Wong.

She also expressed her gratitude to the Consulate for presenting this first large-scale exhibition of new media art in Hong Kong.

"Mr and Mrs Corsino are choreographers and artists who use video, digital images and communication technologies in artistic creations. Artistic visions were modified and transformed from the characteristics of human body movement, landscapes, natural elements such as light and water and cityscapes through the use of videos, virtual animation, digital images and communication technologies.

"The 9 digital installations on display in this exhibition is their most recent representative work. It forms a dynamic body that transcends the border of the real and the virtual, and generates new disorders in the eyes and in the bodies. This exhibition surely will introduce new media art for the enjoyment of the Hong Kong audience," said Ms Wong.

Starting from choreographing stage productions, Nicole and Norbert Corsino carry out research in various fields of art, pursuing their interest in the kinetics of bodies and landscapes that leads them to explore areas where dance can emerge and be choreographed as a way of showing how the movement of bodies changes in those landscapes.

In 1989, Nicole and Norbert moved on to new dance performance spaces by showing their choreographic fictional creations in the form of film and installations. To get as near as possible to the bodies, they became film directors.

In this exhibition, they attempt to redefine the regions of the body through 9 monumental video installations. By applying modelling technology to the human body, interactivity and movement are again a theme in this piece.

Nicole, the choreographer, and Norbert, once a mathematician, have taken a poetic and sensual approach to multimedia: seas, oceans, volcanoes, and other natural spaces, which are contrasted with cities of concrete, steel and glass, building and streets with clear-cut angles, perfect lines and circles. It is as if they are trying to marry the opposites - anticipating the Yin and Yang duality that has interested them since their first trip to Asia - or at least to harmonise them.

Their preparatory work in the studio and their collaboration with engineers and computer specialists are combined in a single scenographic arrangement, where the aquatic and the airy are predominant, while real and virtual scenographies illustrate the relationship between art and reality.

To enhance visitors' understanding of the exhibition, a gallery lecture conducted in English will be held at 2.30pm next Saturday (May 22) at the Museum. Mrs Nicole Corsino and Mr Norbert Corsino will discuss their works with the participants. 40 seats are reserved for admission ticket holders on a first-come, first-served basis.

An illustrated catalogue published by the Consulate General of France, Hong Kong is also available at the Museum of Art's gift shop.

The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm daily and is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10 and a half-price concession is available to full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays and during the International Museum Day 2004, Hong Kong, which will be held from May 15 to May 16.

For enquiries, call 2721 0116 or visit the Museum of Art's website at .

Ends/Friday, May 14, 2004
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