PAK Sheung Chuen
Concurrence: About the GeographicalRelationship of Two Shores and Three Lands
19-20 August 2006, Video, 15’
I extend the longitude of Hong Kong northwards, and the latitude of Taipei westwards. The two lines cross at: 7th North District, Dungang Town, Shixing County, Shaoguan City, Guangdong Province. I then set off from Hong Kong and arrived at this point in China. The villagers and I found a rock shaped like Taiwan and drew a longitude (to Hong Kong) and a latitude (to Taipei).
PAK Sheung Chuen
Born in 1977 in Fujian; lives and works in Hong Kong
Pak Sheung Chuen immigrated to Hong Kong in 1984 and graduated from the arts department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002, with a minor in theology. His practice might be described as immaterial, every-day, process- based, and collaborative. He draws from his daily life experiences in and around Hong Kong to create playful, yet thoughtful, works that upturn ordinary everyday experiences into unexpected surprises and encounters. Although never visually spectacular, Pak’s projects reconfigure a personal system that involves bodily actions and effectively challenges the existing social logic and commodity- based culture. His art is almost invisible, almost impossible to document, but manages to explore the human condition in all its complexities and with loving precision.
From the years 2003 to 2008, Pak served as an art columnist for the newspaper Ming Pao, and in 2015, he re-opened the column again, where he published a conceptual work every week. Each of these works—which can be described as performances, experiments, actions, or instructions—were intended to inject a spirit of the unknown into the space of everyday life.