《Meditation in Hong Kong》
29 Apr to 29 Nov 2022
Artist and musician Nahum premieres his latest project at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Stories From Home enables Earth to share her stories of recent changes with poetic narratives crafted by artificial intelligence and based on data gathered by satellites to inspire ecological compassion.
How can we create meaningful narratives about the changes on Earth in recent decades? What stories would emerge if we gave voice to non-human entities? How could poetry be embedded in algorithmically generated stories? What might we learn from the conversation between a river and a mountain? What are the cries of the wind and the whispers of a burning forest? In this way, Stories From Home reveals the multiplicity of stories that elude the human eye, connecting individual intimacy to the global flow of change and machine activity.
Stories From Home seeks to generate ecological compassion at a crucial time for the planet. Discussing the impact of human activity on the planet is perhaps the most pressing conversation we need to have in any sector of society. With this project Nahum aims to ignite kindness and a new appreciation to the more-than-human world.
A project by Nahum Studios
Nahum, Artistic Director
Merlin Carter, Creative Programmer
Giulia Ottavia, Writer and Poet
Manuel Díaz, Video Editor
Caro Siegl, Project Management
We understand the world through stories. In the act of listening, we stimulate our imagination, creativity, and perception, and exercise our empathy to understand the other. Our planetary home, Earth, is undergoing dramatic and unfathomable changes due to the impact of our human activities.
This workshop invites the participants to explore and engage with their surroundings and the more-than-human world. They will be invited to observe and annotate the motion of the wind, to sense the temperature, the hues of the skies, amongst others in a journal. Afterwards, the participants will learn the principles of poetic language and storytelling to craft stories from these environments.
The purpose of this workshop is to explore how we can create meaningful narratives about the experience of the more-than-human? What stories would emerge if we gave voice to non-human entities?
This workshop will be led by Nahum, Giulia Ottavia and Merlin Carter
Date and Time: 2 (Fri), 5 (Mon), 7 (Wed) Sept 2022 16:00 – 18:00
A rose on the Moon and the whisper of a forgotten memory, fire, undisclosed letters, algorithmic poetry and bodies embracing in zero gravity.
ACT 1 presents an intimate account of Nahum’s achievements and work in the first decade of his involvement with space. He will share and remix his artistic works and space missions by orchestrating videos, artificial intelligence, illusionism and music.
This audiovisual concert will take the audience on an otherworldly journey to gain a new appreciation for existence on Earth and in the Universe. This experience will be accompanied by Hong Kong musicians Anna Fan (percussion) and Scott Murphy (saxophone).
Date and Time:
30 Sept 2022 (Fri) 20:00
1 Oct 2022 (Sat) 20:00
2 Oct 2022 (Sun) 15:00
Venue: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Stories From Home is a project where Earth shares her stories of recent changes through poetic narratives created by an artificial intelligence based on data gathered by Earth observation satellites, in order to inspire ecological compassion.
We understand the world through stories. In the act of listening, we stimulate our imagination, creativity and perception, and train our empathy to understand the other. Today our stories are about people with people. We have displaced nature and reduced it to an environment where the story of humanity unfolds. Stories From Home aims to bring the more-than-human world back into our stories and discover what they have to say about their experiences on Earth over the past decades.
This exhibition presents a series of stories from different locations in Hong Kong. Each story has been written by a specially developed Artificial Intelligence algorithm trained with storytelling techniques and poetic vocabulary. This AI was fed with data collected from satellites that observe and analyse entities like oceans, atmosphere, vegetation, ice, and more. Later, the AI examines the variations in the data sets for each specific location to create the poetic narratives.
Stories From Home is an invitation to engage with the more-than-human world beyond data and statistics to foster a dialogue that allows us to intimately connect with our home, Earth.
Date and Time: 23 – 29 Nov 2022 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Diana Cheung Experimental Gallery, 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Nahum is a contemporary artist and musician. He was born in the lands of Mexico City and currently lives in Berlin. Navigating between the real and the imaginary, his work produces events that reframe the way we understand the world and employs outer space technologies, illusionism, hypnosis and music to guide audiences into otherworldly journeys to raise critical dialogues about the politics of existence.
Nahum’s multidisciplinary work orchestrates a wide range of media including performance, installation, video, music, drawing and storytelling.
He is the Founding Director of KOSMICA Institute, a global space organisation founded in 2011 with the mission to establish a platform for critical, cultural and poetic discourse / on our relationship with outer space, space exploration and the impact of these activities here on Earth. The Institute develops initiatives that bridge art and humanities, the space sector and wider society.
Nahum obtained an MA at Goldsmiths University of London, where he graduated with a distinction.
Production Manager: FONG Ho-yin
Lighting Designer: Timothy TSANG
Sound Engineer: LAM Kwun-kong, Lionel
Deputy Stage Manager: TO Ling-fung Hermia
Assistant Stage Manager: YU Sum-yin