Velocities ~ [a//b]?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, 12:00am

Velocities ~ [a//b]?

Gallery B, Artist Commune, Unit 12

As a title for this show, 'velocities' seems counterintuitive, even puzzling, and the tilde followed by the lexical truncation don't help much, either. But it's a fair effort by a group of performance artists from Baptist University's Academy of Visual Arts, despite the dodgy alphabetical posturing.

The notion of velocity seems less important than how fast things fade and the transient nature of life.

Several of the pieces explore memory and loss through the remnants of our actions. Ruth Chan's Kiss, for instance, has the artist applying bright red lipstick before she kisses every individual in the gallery; there's a sense of sadness as you wash away the remains of such an affectionate gesture.

Filter, by Prian Wong, invites you to fill a balloon with a single breath, then to timestamp and sign it.

Attor Cheung's Body Matters also deals with corporeal leavings - in this case a sweaty T-shirt.

On a more political note, Swing Lam's Green Damn pooh-poohs Beijing's obsession with internet censorship.

This exhibition shows there's some nascent talent in the orbit of the academy. But it may be a while before it reaches escape velocity.

Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Tok Rd, Kowloon. Until Jul 30