The ocean and the land in front of the main building of Oi! were once connected at the beginning of the 20th century. Since the reclamation works started in 1930s, the shoreline has been ceaselessly moving outward, resulting in the expansion of Hong Kong Island. Fortress Hill was originally named "East Hill". Its name dates back to when the British forces stationed there and built battery barracks in order to protect Victoria Harbour. Oi! thusly witnessed the centennial vicissitude of Hong Kong Island.
This installation Over the Ocean, Over the Mountain inhabited at the adjoining point of Oi! and its new extension, carrying the origin story of this land. Visitors on one hand could walk back and forth through the intertwining geometric space, as if it is a time tunnel that leads us to the past. On the other hand, the use of architectural material insinuated the amplification of the new extension of Oi!, allowing Oi! to look into the past as well as all future possibilities.
To further encourage ingenuity of the community, Oi! invited Hong Kong Circus and sound artist Tim Chan along with his team respectively to intervene in the art installation Over the Ocean, Over the Mountain with contemporary circus acts and sound art creation.
Artist: Wilson Lee
Contributors: Eddy Yu, Hung Lam, Vince Yiu
Date: 1.6.2020 — 31.1.2021