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Introducing our 2019 ACC Fellows
Active in the contemporary arts scenes in Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively, we are delighted to introduce visual arts duo Birdhead, and musician & composer Mak Kai Chung, Mickey (aka Mike Orange). To view the full list of 2019 ACC fellows from mainland China and Hong Kong, click here.
Birdhead (left) and Mak Kai Chung (right)
Birdhead | Hong Kong Arts Circle Fellowship
Birdhead is an artist duo founded in 2004 by Song Tao and Ji Weiyu, both graduates of the Shanghai Art and Crafts School. Their artistic practices are based on photographs but also beyond the philosophy of photography. Capturing all beings around them, Birdhead digests and applies the thinking mode of conceptual art into the context of their image interpretation. By combining the photographic matrix, collage, particular mounting technique and so on, Birdhead delivers a “Birdhead world” in various exhibition spaces and humanistic environment. Presented as matrices, tiled in large arrays, or assembled into collages of new and traditional images and poetry, each bricolage is driven by a distinctive Birdhead semiotics. They have been internationally presented at: ShanghART Singapore, The Avant-Garde is Not Afraid of a Long March (2019), Tate Modern, Living Cities (2017), The 7th edition Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism | Architecture (2017), The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art (2012), MoMA, New Photography (2012), and Illuminations, The 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Birdhead was also nominated at the inaugural Hugo Boss Asia Art Award (2013). ACC’s support will enable the duo to travel to Hong Kong and, using their documentary approach, capture a broad range of subjects such as snapshots of daily lives, activities and travels, to explore Hong Kong’s multi-faceted identity.
Mak Kai Chung, Mickey (aka Mike Orange) | HKETONY-ACC Fellowship
Musician and composer, Mak Kai Chung’s music journey began when he played the flute at age six, then established himself as a composer, guitarist, and keyboardist of the indie-rock band Chochukmo in 2008. Striving to broaden his music vision, he began his inter-disciplinary practice by collaborating with some of Hong Kong’s leading institutions and performing art productions. In 2014, he was invited to be the music curator of the West Kowloon Freespace Festival, and was also composer and music director for the following projects: Windmill Grass Theatre’s Lazy People Are Always Lazy (2015), No Place Like Home (2018); Theatre Horizon’s The Black and Blue of a Man (2016), Requiem (2019); Hong Kong Ballet’s Carmen (2017), and more recently House Music Lab at the Hong Kong Arts Centre (2019). In 2016, he kicked off his own project “Mike Orange & the Universe Travellers”, exploring further possibilities in composing instrumental and electronic music. He aspires to broaden audiences’ appreciation to a wider variety of music, in hopes that his contribution will add diversity to Hong Kong’s music ecology. ACC’s support will enable Mak to seek new inspiration from meeting peers in the field while exploring the diverse music scene in New York.