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“Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk” on View Through March 3, 2024, at Tai Kwun

Kongkee, ‘The Singer,’ 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Penguin Lab.

Tai Kwun presents “Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk” through March 3, a solo show by Hong Kong animation director and artist Kongkee (b. 1977).

The exhibition stems from the artist’s comic series “Mi Luo Virtual,” which he has worked on since 2013. The show’s narrative is based on the legend of the Chinese Warring States period poet Qu Yuan (c. 339-278 BCE). Qu Yuan, who was also a politician, died at an early age by throwing himself into a river, frustrated by the darkness of his time. Kongkee imagines a cyberpunk story in which the poet resurrects as an android in a virtual future where Qin Shi Huang gains virtuality and reigns as a dictator.

The exhibition features an immersive environment of comics, animation, and LED and neon installations. It was first organized by the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (2022.11.18-2023.01.23) before traveling to Chicago and arriving in Hong Kong.

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