Star Ferry Car Park
Feb 27-Apr 5
It boasts some of the biggest names on the international visual art scene - Nobuyoshi Araki (top photo), Daniel Buren (centre photo), Sophie Calle (bottom photo), Yang Fudong, Stephen Shore and Yoko Ono - and it's organised by haute couture powerhouse Chanel. Mobile Art is as much about branding as it is art.
Before travelling on to Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, London and Paris, this exhibition begins in Hong Kong at the top level of the Star Ferry Car Park where the spaceship-like venue has been in construction since the beginning of the year. Mobile Art is not just a crossover between fashion and visual art, but also architecture. The structure designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid will travel with the exhibits, becoming a spectacle itself.
The Pritzker Prize winner describes her Mobile Art pavilion as 'an architectural language of fluidity and nature, driven by new digital design and manufacturing processes'.
Taking reference from the spiral geometries usually found in nature, the outline of the architecture resembles a distorted doughnut. To achieve this, the building is constructed as a series of separable segments, each measuring no wider than 2.25 metres.
The grid-like exterior of this nomadic exhibition space is inspired by the fashion house's signature quilted bag, which forms the thematic foundation for all the other exhibits presented in a range of media including photography, video, installation and performance.
The names, which include Michael Lin, Pierre & Gilles and Subodh Gupta, are going to be the biggest draw. It's not every day you get to see individual works by these established artists in Hong Kong, let alone as a group.
According to curator Fabrice Bousteau, each visitor will be given an MP3 player and guided through the exhibition by a soundtrack created by New York-based artist Stephan Crasneanscki, which not only binds the works together but also transforms the viewing process into a sensual experience.
Just as Hadid says of her mobile art container, which 'gives people a glimpse of another world, and enthuses them, makes them excited about ideas,' Mobile Art aims to drive the visitor out of reality and into an artistic space that combines sound, vision, architecture and fashion.
Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm (Thu until 10pm), Sunday, noon-6pm, Star Ferry Car Park, 9 Edinburgh Place, Central, free, booking required through HK Ticketing, Tom Lee Music or the on-site box office. Inquiries: www.chanel-mobileart.com