Pak Sheung Chuen

Pak Sheung Chuen is an artist based on Hong Kong. His works was published in a local newspaper Ming Pao almost weekly 2003-2019. Pak authored ODD ONE IN: Hong Kong Diary and ODD ONE IN II: Invisible Travel. He represented Hong Kong to participate in Venice Biennale in 2009 and many other international exhibitions. In 2012, Pak is the winner of the Award for Best Artist in the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, and the Best Artist Award in the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA).

Breathing in a House, 2006, 6’14”

I live in a small house, Breathing, Until I use up all the air in the whole house.

One night I slept on my own bed, staring at the ceiling, thinking of nothing, but indistinctly heard my own breathing, and I suddenly asked myself, ‘How long does it take to breathe in all the air of this room?’. This is how this work was conceived. And then there came a chance to realize this idea at the Busan Biennial in Korea. I rented an apartment (6.7m x 2.7m x 2.2m, as small as an apartment in Hong Kong! ) in Busan. I lived in this small apartment as usual, but I collected the air I breathed with transparent plastic bags until the whole apartment was filled with these plastic bags with my own breathing. The whole process took 10 days. It felt like part of my life has sojourned at this apartment.