Masters of sound, image and sculpture come together
Some of the Daydreamers
Before the huge sales and near universal acclaim that he received as one of the founder members of British DJ and trip hop duo Massive Attack, Robert Del Naja, alias 3D, was known as a graffiti artist, as well as a member of Bristol sound system The Wild Bunch. 3D's graffiti work has even been acknowledged by graffiti enfant terrible Banksy as his biggest influence. 3D has long been a Lavelle collaborator, designing cover art for UNKLE, as well as for Massive Attack. He was also part of the original Daydreaming shows in London.
One of the most important contemporary artists on the mainland, Huang Rui emerged as part of the same circle as Ai Weiwei, and can be as controversial as that might lead you to expect. A long-term advocate of freedom of expression, Huang was among the first wave of artists to campaign for the relaxation of art censorship in the 1980s. His satirical, political work has long come with a strong sense of social consciousness. A fan of slogans and word play, his most widely known piece is Chairman Mao 10,000 RMB, in which the political slogan '10,000 years for Chairman Mao' is spelt out using 10,000 yuan worth of banknotes that bear Mao Zedong's image.
Best known for his photography, Hongkonger Wing Shya is also a filmmaker, and it's in this capacity that he contributes a video installation to the Hong Kong edition of 'Daydreaming'. Shya's work combines romanticised high-glam noir with a sense of dislocation and imperfection, often finding beauty in the most unexpected places. Catapulted to fame by his role as official set photographer for Hong Kong cineaste Wong Kar-wai, he has made numerous films, including commercials, music videos and a feature film, 2010's Hot Summer Days.
As one of the most dramatic and idiosyncratic urban environments on earth, Hong Kong is the perfect venue for an installation by Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley. Working in a range of media, he is known for his lifelike sculptures, models and drawings of buildings. His work interrogates the social uses of the built environment, often juxtaposing his structures with provocative slogans. His subject matter can be controversial, including buildings destroyed by terrorist attacks, and religion; his stripey sculptures of houses of worship earned him the Turner nomination.
Gravity-defying optical illusions, situations of personal peril and an engagingly off-beat playfulness all characterise the work of mainland contemporary artist Li Wei. A performance artist by inclination, Li rose to fame when he began photographing his performances in ingenious ways. He uses mirrors to create the illusion that he's falling, flying or in some other form of vertical peril, and often appears with his head apparently buried in the ground. His pictures offer a symbolic commentary on various aspects of Chinese society.