Bird Calls, Household Objects and More
From 18 Scenes in a Cage (2018)
The century-old building of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre became a colourful stage – and cage – for this performance by multidisciplinary artist GayBird Leung. Leung, whose sound installation was showcased at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 (which was supported by Swire Properties for the 10th consecutive year), is known to experiment with media art, electronic music and other artforms to create new sound experiences; and 18 Scenes in a Cage was no exception.
Inspired by the birds and their cages in Hong Kong Park, the performance was a rich sound feast with both live and electronic music. During the first part of the show, the building acted as a “cage” with performers in different rooms playing instruments, imitating bird calls, and even singing underwater. “It was like a peek into different Hong Kong homes, like a building that houses all walks of life. That’s why I also used everyday household items like dishes and bowls as percussion instruments,” Leung says.
Throughout the performance, not only were sound effects like realistic bird calls heard from an instrument Leung created, but a visual experience also synchronised with the audio. “It’s a multimedia symphony,” he says, “Everything, including the videos, audio, performers’ movements and instrument designs, was all part of the orchestration.”
An interactive sound art experience is coming to ArtisTree this August – stay tuned!