Art Basel Hong Kong: Ceramics Artist Creating Fictional Relics

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Hong Kong ceramics artist Benny To is showcasing his new exhibition “Dimensional Civilization Archeology Project 2.0” at Art Basel Hong Kong.

“I like the whole process of ceramics because it starts from a soft material and after fire, it will become hard and maybe it can stay for thousands years,” says To.

“My inspiration comes from pop culture, animation or the sci-fi movie and also some video games. I spent a lot of time in my childhood, every day, I played video games overnight.”

He wants the viewer to reimagine the relationship between history, religion, and popular culture. How? By turning characters and elements from sci-fi animations and pop culture into fictional cultural relics.

For Art Basel, To is going beyond tangible works of art. He created an 8-bit video game where the audience can excavate digital forms of his ceramics.

“Actually, it’s combining physical objects and also digital world. And when you play the video game inside, the artefacts you can find in the booth, that is the physical object,” says the artist.

“The reason I want to expand in the video game or digital world, because I think that you can reach more people and sharing more ideas, different countries or cultures.”

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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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