"Wend a Way"
Media Arts Exhibition by Lau Ching-wa Jess

Exhibition Period: 10/2/2023- 11/3/2023

Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm (Mon) / 10am - 8pm (Tue - Fri) / 9:30am - 6pm (Sat)

Venue: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, Goethe-Institut Hongkong

Opening: 11/2/2023 (Sat) | 3pm


"Memories are motionless, and the more securely they are fixed in space, the sounder they are." Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space.

ifva partners with Goethe-Institut Hongkong to present solo exhibitions for Media Art Category local awardees. This year the two parties will present the solo media arts exhibition "Wend a Way" of Jess Lau, the Gold Awardee of the 27th ifva Media Art Category, which reconstructs the memories of the city and moving bodies through a collection of new and old media artworks.

Jess Lau creates moving images through monotonous and repetitive motions to emphasise the relationship between moving images and the motions of bodies.

Memories rest in places where stories were unfolded, be it a river, an avenue, a body or even a white wall. Viewers revisit the twisting and chaotic memories through the flowing of images to realise memories are now wending in an unfamiliar gesture, which reshape and reform to connect with the imagined.

The Cave with a Wheeze
2021 | 20’00” in loop
The Cinema of Walking: Airship
2020 | 27’00” in loop
Red Lights Brake on Nathan Road
2022 | Multi-channel
Tempo: 1
2022 | 2-channel
2022 | 1’00” in loop

Born in Hong Kong in 1991, Jess gained her BA in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong in 2014. Jess’ work applies themes such as narrative fragments, body memory and focus on iterative manual processes and the aggregation of time. Jess’ work involves a wide range of media - videos, animation, installation - it explores the uniqueness and the malleability of each different medium, for example, outlining the fiction and reality with stop-motion animation. Jess was the selected artist of Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists' Studio Residency 2020 and awarded the Nanying Prize from Taiwan 2022. Jess is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from the department of Sinophone Literatures, NDHU.