Artist Phoebe Hui was commissioned by Audemars Piguet to be part of the company’s Contemporary program. Every two years the Swiss luxury watch brand selects a rising artist to be part of its Art Commission and in its 5th edition Piguet chose Hong Kong-based Hui to display a large-scale installation.
The Moon is Leaving Us by Phoebe Hui showcases different stages of the moon, fusing science and art in one shared space. The project was curated by Ying Kwok, also Hong Kong-based.
Phoebe Hui’s installation features two major artworks. On one hand, we have Selenite, a kinetic robot made of 48 mechanical arms arranged in a parabolic shape that projects Moon imagery onto 48 screens: from historic drawings and visuals from NASA to further online open-source data of the moon. On the second hand, the installation consists of a custom-built machine that creates ink drawings of the moon, which goes by the name of Selena.
Through an epistemological approach, the artist captures the melancholic emotions entangled with the scientific fact that the Moon is slowly migrating away from Earth.
The installation will be on until the 23th of May at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts and during its last days it will coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong. Due to COVID-19, the exhibition can only be visited online at the moment, but you still need to book your place at the virtual guided tour, led by Audemars Piguet Contemporary curator Audrey Teichmann via Zoom.
Where: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art 10 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong URL: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/ Dates: 25 April - 23 May