Under the shadow of the pandemic, many things begin to seem trivial. In the months between last winter and this winter, we questioned the effectiveness of exhibitions a countless number of times, and even questioned the meaning of art itself. In times past, we always carefully considered the most ideal time to stage a show, dressed up in our best outfits for the opening, and invited our friends and acquaintances to attend. But today we are fully aware that this moment is certainly not the most auspicious time to open an exhibition. Yet when we say that we believe in the absolute necessity of presenting this exhibition at precisely this moment, it is because we seek to use the limited methods we are trained in to help recover what we have lost from the past, to help call our attention back to those things we were once too busy to notice, to treasure those things we have taken for granted, and to open our eyes to what we failed to see before.
When people are barely together, bringing their own desires and agendas with them, and anticipating that they will realise their pre-conceived concepts, desire obscures the virtue and an ‘only possibility’ can be seen, hence, the exhibition becomes no more than an empty vessel.
我相信人總是同時存在於過去與現在。在便攜數碼設備之前，我們僅僅依靠自我回憶，而現在這些記憶被算法物質化，（成為）數據和信息，將回憶變得粘滯，無法迴避。I believe humans have always simultaneously lived in the past and present. Before mobile devices, we do so by recalling our memories, and now such memories have been materialized as algorithms, data and information, which makes it much stickier and compulsive. ( 梁望琛 Joseph Leung Mong Sum)
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stepbackforward.art is initiated corresponding to the artworld under the shade of the 2020 pandemics. Our attempt is to outline an alternative art ‘interface’, reconnecting individuals and communities that transcend the spatiotemporal limitations of existing art system, and revealing a dynamic Hong Kong art ecology and opening up an alternative mode of participation and possibilities. It is a yearning for ‘publicness’ that brings about stepbackforward.art, not as an institutionalised agency, but as an ‘open platform’ developed in a bottom-up approach.
Application deadline: 7th Feb, 2021 (Sunday) 11:59pm