Chinese Feng Shui is an ancient study that has been perceived by others as something full of mysteries and wonders. de Sarthe is pleased to present the works of Hong Kong-based conceptual artist Mak2 (Mak Ying Tung 2), titled House of Fortune, featuring her iconic series Home Sweet Home (2019-). It aims to express the values and beliefs under the influence of Chinese Fengshui and big data in the present digital era.
Why it matters:
Using herself as the subject, Mak2 aims to dissect the criteria of what constitutes and contributes to value while performing individual experiments on the exhibited works. Originally named Mak Ying Tung, the artist added the ‘2’ to her name in 2018 after visiting a Feng Shui master, hoping to gain fame and fortune by perfecting the number of strokes in her Chinese name. Her new identity marked the beginning of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The artist sought to maximize the success of her exhibition House of Fortune by seeking affirmation from not only theological but scientific authorities.
- 麥影彤二的多媒體裝置《五餅二魚》由多個3D打印的水晶與 兩個二進制代碼的投影影像組成。藝術家借鑒中國神靈會帶來好運的宗教思想，邀請一位風水師對包含水晶3D模型的數碼文件開光。
- Mak2’s multimedia installation Feeding the Multitude comprises a heap of 3D-printed crystals and two projected videos of running binary code. Borrowing the mythological belief that Chinese celestials bring good fortune, the artist invites a Fengshui master to perform a consecration ritual (Kaiguang) on a digital file that contains the 3D model of a crystal.
- 《美好家園：風水畫》是持續進行的三聯畫作品系列的子系列，作品透過電子遊戲《模擬人生》（The Sims）創造，然後再由中國電子購物平台淘寶上的畫家描繪出來。
- A continuation of her ongoing series, Home Sweet Home: Feng Shui Painting is a sub-series of triptychs on canvas, composed using the popular American life simulation game “The Sims”, with each panel of an artwork painted by a different painter found on the Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao.
- Clever Calculation I consists of a LED screen implanted into a queen-sized bed, the drawers of which are packed with wires, cables, and various electronic components, using the bedroom as a symbol for privacy and intimate thoughts, the artwork reveals the interventions of technocapitalism and science.
- Clever Calculation II comprises a single bed, one of which has a LED screen embedded in the mattress which shows a video of a hired actress playing the role of a Feng Shui master. She predicts that the artist will become famous. Mak2 drafted the script based on advice obtained from online fortune telling services, furthering her investigation into digital Fengshui and the coexistence of science and superstition in the 21st-century technological era.
Background: 風水 Feng Shui
- Feng shui, also known as Chinese geomancy, is a pseudoscientific traditional practice originating from ancient China, which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.
- Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations).
- The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.
Notice how your surrounding environment integrates technology with Feng Shui!
「闔家富貴」 “House of Fortune”
2021.10.16 – 2021.12.4
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 – 19:00
德薩畫廊 de Sarthe
20/F, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
Courtesy to de Sarthe and the Artists