Ellen Pau, The Great Movement : Red Stock, 1996, remade 2019. Single channel video installation, approx. 5 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery.

Ellen Pau
The Great Movement

Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

November 15, 2019–January 9, 2020
November 8, 2019

Opening: November 14, 6–8pm

Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Sixth floor, 33 Des Voeux Road Central
Hong Kong

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The Great Movement, the solo show of, and curated by, Ellen Pau (b. 1961, Hong Kong) at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, is akin to a series of bodily encounters. A key figure in Hong Kong’s art scene, Ellen Pau brings together some of her historical video works alongside new and reworked pieces in the realm of immersive installation. 

Navigating through The Great Movement, the atmosphere is dark, quiet, pregnant with pauses for feel and thought. The exhibition takes its title from the 1996 work The Great Movement: Red Stock, reformulated specifically for this show and on display at the entrance; it displays a red dot at the centre of a transparent screen on which a video light writes as a comet trails on the palm. A graduate from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Pau’s interest in human body could be traced back to her diploma in Diagnostic Radiography in 1982 and the fact she worked as a radiographer in Queen Mary Hospital in the presence of humans, bodies, life and death.

Combining historical and new, site-specific works The Great Movement has a human sensitivity running throughout. Video is a Hole (1990) refers to the rise of technology and its role in democracy, the proliferation of different points of view, and harks to the book Feedback: Television Against Democracy by David Joselit. While television follows the constellation of stardust whirling around the afterlife of a black hole, video engages the fleeting life stories, lost journeys and ordinary encounters that make up the world surrounding us. Across from the display is the major site-specific installation The Spectre of the Will (2019), which involves a slowly cascading wall of melting red wax, superimposed by hanging images. The tone and movement seem to reference flesh, what we’re made of and the life that runs through us. Adding to this sense is an element of heat emanating from the walls, bringing the artwork into the realm of a human presence, which contrasts with the technological inquest of the opposite work.

Breaking through, around the corner of the exhibition, is a comparative installation of light, both in terms of tone but also levity. The Spectre of the Real (2019) comprises a series of drips falling onto hot plates, each contact culminating in a physical evaporation. The sense of evolution alluded to throughout the exhibition is brought into sharp contemplation here as the state of liquid to mist is rapidly captured and beyond that, heard, through a series of sensors. One is then prompted to consider other details throughout the exhibition: the faint smell, the aura and presence each corner occupies, not limited to the walls of the gallery space but pervading through and throughout.

Ellen Pau’s works have been extensively exhibited worldwide in film festivals and art exhibitions, including Hong Kong International Film Festival (1990, 1993, 1997, 2000), 8th International Film Festival for Women (Spain, 1992), Copenhagen Cultural Capital Foundation, Container 96 (Denmark, 1996), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Lisbon, 1996), Johannesburg Biennale (1997), Gwangju Biennial (2002), Liverpool Biennial (2003), Sydney International Film Festival (2004), among others. In 2001, Recycling Cinema, as one of her most significant video installations, was first presented at Hong Kong Pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennale. In 1986, she co-founded Videotage. In 1996, she founded Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, an annual event that consists of exhibitions, conferences, seminars, and workshops, bringing art experiences to thousands of Hong Kong audiences. In 2014, Pau was appointed by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as a representative of the Art Form Group in Film and Media Arts, and in the same year, she also served on the interim acquisition committee of M+ in West Kowloon Cultural District.

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