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Arts preview: Sound Pocket Benefit 2013

Vanessa Yung

 

SOUND POCKET BENEFIT 2013
Sound Pocket

 

Yeung Yang has always been fascinated with sound. As a girl, she would help package the radios her father made for an electronics company. And after she graduated from Yale University with a master's degree in anthropology, she joined RTHK as a documentary director, using visuals and sounds to tell her stories.

But it was after she saw Luxembourg artist Tse Su-mei's L'écho, a video of a cellist playing to a vast valley, at the 2003 Venice Biennale that Yeung began her exploration of sound art - which she feels is being overshadowed in this city by visual arts.

"It is a very personal work, yet many can draw resonance to [it]," says the independent curator.

"Sounds created in nature, or in an urban context, where tall buildings reflect sounds and make them denser and more amplified, are so different. It reminds us that there are many ways of listening and many layers to sound."

Yeung founded the non-profit Sound Pocket in 2008 to fill a gap in an art scene where many artists use audio elements in their work but are either not putting in much effort or don't have the support they need to perfect it, she says.

Sound Pocket has since organised a series of projects: events at alternative locations, and performances featuring local and overseas sound artists.

Sound Pocket is holding its first fundraiser at the Easy-Pack Creative Precinct in Kwun Tong with the aim of expanding two projects: its Artists' Support Programme, which offers financial assistance to young sound artists; and an online sound library backed by the Arts Capacity Development Fund, which ends later this year.

The fundraiser will feature jazz quintet Mo-Men-T, rapper-producer Bass Vader (aka Ghost Style) and British sound artist Viv Corringham, whose work - from an ongoing "Shadow-walk" project - will be installed on the stairs and the rooftop of the venue.

A collection of headphones designed by artists such as ceramic maker Joe Chan Kiu-hong will also be on sale.

The ticket price is HK$2,018 - representing the year that Sound Pocket will mark its 10th anniversary.

Yeung is hoping others will find this a worthy cause. "Being a non-profit, we have no idea how long we can survive. But we do have a positive prospect and a good programme plan that lasts until 2018 - a time when we hope there will already be more initiative and people contributing to sound art," she says.

vanessa.yung@scmp.com

 

140 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, October 26, 6.30pm, HK$2,018 (half-price for Kubrick members or TC2 cafe patrons). For more details call 2356 2226, or go to soundpocket.org.hk/v2/

 

 

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