Downtime: HK video art hits China

Hong Kong’s underground film collective Experimenta forms alliance with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

Video art has long felt like an afterthought at museum exhibitions and art fairs, hidden behind hastily constructed rooms blocked off by black curtains with minimal seating for viewers. But that is starting to change. Museums are building dedicated theatres with proper seating for both video art and experimental films.

Experimenta, founded in 2009 by Gina Wong See Yuen, founded the first site to see experimental video in Hong Kong in 2009. Originally tucked away in an alley off Hollywood Road near the tomato soup dai pai dong, and open only when holding art events, Experimenta built a quiet reputation among the young and the hip. Wong added to this...

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