Will The Moon Leave Us?

This year, Audemars Piguet Art Commission is in collaboration with young artist Phoebe Hui. “The Moon Is Leaving Us” is exhibited in Hong Kong, is a large-scale installation art.

The 5th Audemars Piguet Art Commission is a biennial competition organized by Audemars Piguet Contemporary to support young artists. Every two years, a young artist, not yet internationally recognized, is selected and this young name develop a large-scale artwork under the auspices of Audemars Piguet Art Commission. The Art Commission is turning its route to Asia for the first time and collaborates with the interdisciplinary artist Phoebe Hui, who is working in the relationship between language, sound, and technology. “The Moon Is Leaving Us” is on display in the Duplex Studio at Tai Kwun. Furthermore, a virtual guided tour of exhibition is offered by curator Audery Teichmann via zoom.

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“The Moon Is Leaving Us” is a large-scale installation about our comprehension of the universe. It consists of two major bodies of work: Selena and Selenite. Selena is a custom-built drawbot that produces the intricate Moon drawings; and Selenite is a kinetic robot consisting of 48 mechanical arms arranged in parabolic shape projecting Moon imageries. Inspired by historical observations of 17th century, Hui uses the latest scientific methods and combines technology with various images of Moon phases. Data of the Moon are reinterpreted with robotic devices; thus, the visible and invisible worlds come to light with a different perspective. The artist brings the melancholic emotions to the scientific fact that the Moon is slowly moving away from the world.

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According to the young artist, an astronaut is who abandoning the everyday and seeking out the new ways of understanding reality, like a contemporary artist. Thus, “The Moon Is Leaving Us” is a work that brings together the invisible and visible reality in the light of the art of installation with various images of the Moon. Hui aspires to transform an art space into an urban sanctuary for audiences to rediscover and question our relationships with the universe. Fortunately, the Moon has not left us yet and moonlight still flows behind our windows; furthermore, we can see the exhibition until May 23.

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Phoebe Hui