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Half-step House

‘Half a step at home, and half a step facing the world.’ (Half-step House, Lam Tung-pang, Hong Kong, 2021)

Inspired by the one of the most difficult time in human history, Half-step House is created under this special time. The Hong Kong House will be split into two parts, half exhibition space will be left empty, as a room for imagination. The other half will be fully filled with 3 elements to form an “interior landscape”. Say, images, inspired by the collective village memory from the community centre, artist’s virtual visit the area through google map and interior house around the area visited by some other artists in the past projects; writing, diary of this creation process and artist re-interpretation the common Chinese Character (Kanji) used by both Japanese and Chinese culture; Songs, music of the Hong Kong Pop adaption from Japanese pop since 70s will be played on TV.

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Presenter : Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organiser : Art Promotion Office
Collaborators: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee and The University of Hong Kong
Activity Collaborators: Haw Par Music Foundation and The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Jockey Club Media 21
半步屋》Half-step House by Lam Tung Pang / 22 Jul – 31 Oct, 2021/

Half-step House by Lam Tung Pang is commission work for Hong Kong House at Echigo -Tsumari Art Triennale 2021

Unable to visit the Hong Kong House in-person, the artist relies on literary works, personal interviews, online information and other secondary sources to know more about Tsunan town, where the House is located. To underline the significance of imagination, Lam took a bold step to give the space a facelift with two different approaches. One half of the House now features text, music, graphics, moving images and other elements, arranged to conjure up an indoor landscape. In contrast, the neighbouring half is left completely empty—an intentional void with which Lam actively invites viewer’s imagination to complete the full picture. In Lam’s opinion, the most captivating thing about having cultural exchange is the uncanniness arising from having a resonance which is not immediately clear to understand. It is only through imagination and active searching that we find what we look for.



“It’s about the convergence of the two ‘halves’. You come into contact with an unfamiliar culture and reflect on your own culture……this is the most interesting thing about having cultural exchange: you feel some sort of resonance, but you don’t fully understand what it is. It only gets clearer with your imagination and active searching.”

Half-step House, Lam Tung Pang, Hong Kong, 2021

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