Arts in the aiR
We try to utilise the augmented reality technologies in combination with different forms of performing arts, such as instrumental music performance (Western music and Chinese music), dance and drama performance, as well as Indian and Pakistan folksong singing, with installations at the public estates under the Hong Kong Housing Association. While this project is in an experimental stage, it is a brand new way for the residents to experience performing arts. We hope that the art-tech installation will make arts more readily accessible and convenient to the public.
Tung Tsz-ching devotes herself to the local classical music industry after graduating with her Master’s degree in Anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also holds a Bachelor of Music (Honors) degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2015, where she had majored in Erhu under the tutelage of maestri Wong On-yuen and Wong Chi-chung. She is also a musician of Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble and Orquestra Chinesa de Macau. In recent years, not only does Tung continue her exploration of the style and techniques of Chinese regional music and bowed-instruments from around the world, she also participates in various research projects, in addition to curating concert series and engaging in academic publications.
Launching Virtual Performances in Communal Spaces of Public Housing Estates
Arts in the aiR is an exciting new approach to apply Augmented Reality (AR) technology to enhance the creativity and possibilities in performing arts. The creative team strongly believes that arts should be relevant and integral to everyday life, in which the audience can claim their share in the process of creation. Therefore, the team will collaborate with The Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS). Based on the distinctive background and unique architectural features, a total of 5 rental estates are designated to match with 5 performing art forms, namely Chinese and Western music, Indian-Pakistan folk songs, dance and drama. The use of digital technology transforms the estate into an ad hoc backdrop and stage. By merging physical and virtual reality, the audience can check in or take selfies with the “performers”. In the end, the team hopes that the project can contribute to enhancing the habitat of the housing estates.