Silas FONG 方琛宇

— Upon the escalator (2009 / 13m50s / HDV 1080i)
Silas Fong - Upon the escalator part 1

Silas FONG

Silas Fong (b.1985) is a contemporary artist born in Hong Kong. He received his MFA from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012 and BA from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. His video, installation and new media works have been invited to be presented in exhibitions and festivals across Asia, America, Australia and Europe including Hong Kong Museum of Art, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul International New Media Festival 2011, Taipei Soka Art Center, City Gallery Wellington, ZKM, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery London, Liverpool Biennial 2010, Dresden Cynetart 2013 and Microwave International New Media Festival. He received the Gold Award (Interactive Media) at the 14th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards. He also won the Young Artist Award from Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial in 2009 and was named one of Asia’s leading design talents in the 2010’s by Perspective Magazine. In 2011 he was invited to participate in a residency program “Summercamp Electrified” organized by Timelab in Gent, Belgium. In the summer of 2013, he participated in an artist residency in GlogauAIR, Berlin. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Upon the escalator  
(2009 / 13m50s / HDV 1080i)

In the space with high pedestrian flow in the city, there is full of delicate communication between people. Artist reconstructs the relationship upon the escalators and the story of people by 3 video channels abreast. Different numbers of people, movements, and ups and downs are strewn at random through time and space. Strangers that never met are arranged to stare at and pass by each other in the overlapping space. This highlights the artist and audience, staying aloof but being in the story at the same time. With a dramatic arrangement, the artist shows his imagination of the cityscape and reflection on interpersonal relationship in the public. – Chan Yeuk Ming