Opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, disCONNECT is adapted to not only adhere to lockdown restrictions, but the artists we also asked to reflect on the creative and physical constraints of the current global crisis, exploring psychological and political reactions, as well as the role of technology as conduit between the two.
Of the 10 disCONNECT artists, only four were based in the UK and able to phyically be present for their take over installation of the period building; those include Aida Wilde, David Bray, Alex Fakso and Mr. Cenz. Where as the remaining six had to innovate a process that was able to create an immersive experience despite their absence in London, realised through extensive communication with Schoeni Projects, HKwalls (both located and working remotely from Hong Kong) and other collaborators, in paricular the project manager, Tom Page, who was on site in London.
With disCONNECT LDN now closed, the exhibition is travelling to Hong Kong and invites four local artists to continue the conversation about art during a pandemic to foster cross-cultural exchanges. Go Hung, Jaffa Lam, Kacey Wong and Wong Ting Fung will create new site-specific artworks including video installation, live painting, mixed-media installation and sculptures for disCONNECT HK responding to the pandemic and disCONNECT LDN.