RSPBA (Revised System for the Prevention of Boredom in Animals)
Artist: Nadim Abbas
Fabrication and Installation: Roy Ng, Andrew Lo and Nadim Abbas
Artwork Location: Scattered in the Gardens
*Artworks will be launched in phases
"Quite moved by the ecology of care sustained by the Gardens management team towards the wildlife and their adopted habitats. Given the artificiality of captive environments, it is not only the physicality of a well-designed enclosure that compensates for what is lost in an animal's transition from the wild to the zoo. Equally important is the level of interaction that is maintained on a daily basis with the zookeepers, whose concern for the welfare of the animals feels akin to that of their own family."
Zoos around the world construct rich natural environments for their animals, big and small, and incorporate sensory stimulation, such as auditory and olfactory stimuli, to motivate their innate curiosity and exploratory instincts. Installation artist Nadim Abbas is particularly interested in the communication and interaction between humans and animals in terms of spatial, material and visual elements. Based on his study of the locomotion and habits of animals like the Meerkat, Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth, Spurred Tortoise and White-faced Saki at the Gardens, Abbas creates a series of organic components for the animals. These playtime facilities improve the animals' psychological and behavioural development, allowing them to co-exist with humans in a natural atmosphere.
Abbas examines the mercurial properties of images and their ambiguous relationship to reality. This has culminated in the construction of complex set pieces, where objects disappear into their own image and bodies succumb to the seduction of space. He was awarded with the "Asian Cultural Council Altius Fellowship" and the "Hong Kong Arts Development Award (Young Artist/ Visual Arts)" in 2014. Latest exhibitions include Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future at Tai Kwun in 2019 and Participation Mystique at Ming Contemporary Art Museum at Shanghai in 2020. He also participated in large-scale contemporary art exhibitions such as the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art with the theme of Clouds⇄Forests in 2017 and the 12th Shanghai Biennale with the theme of Proregress—Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence in 2018.
Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth, White-faced Saki
Common Squirrel Monkey
Old German Owl-Brown Bar Shield, Emerald Starling, Malayan Peacock-pheasant