Berlin Calling was honored to be among the official selection for the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Hong Kong for the Open Sky Gallery Project. The large-scale video work was shown for one month on the LED facade of the ICC tower, a 500m tall building in the heart of Hong Kong.
The piece was created by Thomas Heidtmann and Marcel Schwittlick dedicated to the ISEA 2016 Open Call for the Open Sky Gallery, kindly supported by Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. The work consists of three sections which symbolize the creation of connections.
At first, two poles strive to engage, connect each other via initial sparks. While these sparks and connection lightning increase in number, a surface emerges, creating space for a layer of figurative communication.
The Berlin TV Tower, the unofficial symbol of Berlin’s non-existent skyline, broadcasting the message “Hi” in morse code over the three sides of the ICC Tower in Hong Kong City. After this interlude, a number of nodes appear, establish into a network and develop a momentum of movement, exchange and interconnection.
The art piece is an invitation for communication between people, cities and artists. It is intended to bring a message from Berlin to Hong Kong and eventually, to extend a form of messaging across other cities around the globe.
Curator // Maurice Benayoun
Jury Members // Jeffrey Shaw, Maurice Benayoun, Tanya Toft, Caroline Ha Thuc, Christiane Paul, Doo Eun Choi, Ellen Pau, Li Zhenhua, Nina Colosi, Susa Pop, Tony W M Tang
Monopol. Kunstprojekt “Berlin Calling” Berliner Fernsehturm als Installation an Wolkenkratzer in Hongkong, Mai 9, 2016. Monopol.