Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps, Hong Kong
This ephemeral installation aims to re-introduce a lost relationship between human and nature in the city. Extending the Hong Kong Park into the heart of Central through Duddell Street’s historic steps, an illuminated jungle filled with all sorts of insect emphasizes a forgotten world. Hung on a bamboo structure wrapping the stairs, a light cage and nets will offer a specific habitat for flying bugs, specifically illuminated during the three nights of Lumieres Hong Kong. Passing through the cage, you can immediately experience a jungle of luminous insects interacting with neon lights.
MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform based in Hong Kong since 1996. Created by artists’ duo Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix, the Studio has been working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression. MAP Office projects have been exposed in over 100 exhibitions at prestigious venues including the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (Beijing). They also participated in over 30 Biennales and Triennials around the world with not less than five contributions to the Venice Biennale in Art and Architecture (2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010). Their cross-disciplinary practice has been the subject of a monograph, MAP OFFICE – Where the Map is the Territory (2011). MAP Office was the recipient of the 2013 edition of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.