Art Central 2022

As the Lead Partner of Art Central 2022, UOB presents a diverse programme of interactive ink art installation, Winners’ Showcase of UOB Art in Ink Awards and art talk across the four-day fair period from 26 to 29 May 2022 (VIP Preview on 25 May).


The Bloom of Water Lilies by Desmond Leung
360-degree virtual world in 12 connected QLED screens

The Bloom of Water Lilies is a newly commissioned interactive ink art installation by Hong Kong based artist Desmond Leung. The presentation interweaves traditional ink with contemporary digital technology, inviting the public to interact and create a continuum of shared mindful experiences.

Even as we are engulfed in the flux of the modern world, an era of shifts and changes, Leung reconsiders the spirit of ink art and the purpose of digital art in today’s society. The artist believes in the ability of art to transcend boundaries and reconnect people through the beauty and magic of the natural world.

The water lily is a symbol of inner peace, enlightenment, self-regeneration, rebirth and compassion in the midst of impermanence. Drawing on this motif, the installation consists of 12 digital display screens, arranged in the shape of the bloom. Set against a backdrop of a water lily pond, the installation enables the public to experience the life force and the rhyme of ink through virtual interactive art. Their interactions will transform the on-screen imagery from buds to blossoming flowers, developed from detailed drawings of water lilies by Leung and Carolyn Yim, student winner of the 2021 UOB Art in Ink Awards, who further refined her brush skills under Leung’s mentorship. The Bloom of Water Lilies enables mindful presence and observations of light and shadow over time.

Creating points of connection, the work represents the interconnectedness of all life forms, reminding us that in our essence, we humans are inextricably linked to each other and to Mother Nature. The Bloom of Water Lilies spreads messages of positivity and sustainability through a cultural lens, a reminder to bring beauty and kindness to every encounter.

Samsung The Frame, Official Digital Display Canvas sponsored by Samsung.




2021 UOB Art in Ink Awards Winners' Showcase

At the UOB Art Space, UOB also presents 18 winning artworks drawn from the 2021 UOB Art in Ink Awards, from calligraphy and painting, to mixed-media and tech-enabled works across the categories of Abstract and Landscape or Figurative painting.




Panel Discussion: How will art and technology craft our future?

Technology is powering creative collaboration in unprecedented forms. VR, AR, NFTs, Web3, the Metaverse and other innovations are at the avant garde of art and design – presenting new modalities on how we think, perceive, create, design and experience. Against ever accelerating advancements in technology, how can Hong Kong foster a digitally enabled and thriving arts and cultural industry? Do we need a digital culture strategy to harness the benefits of technology for the arts? How do we encourage creative practitioners to embrace digital technologies? What will be the key to bridging creative talents and digital experts to enhance cross-sector collaboration?

Join us for an insightful discussion with some of the leading figures driving progressive arts tech in Hong Kong. Learn ways to amplify digital practice, build digital literacy and discover the many significant opportunities that digital presents for our shared future, both for the cultural sector and for audience experiences.

Language: Cantonese

Speakers:

  • Choi Sai-Ho, multimedia artist and composer
  • Helen So, Lead, Arts & Culture, Our Hong Kong Foundation
  • Professor Johnny Poon, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research), Dr Hung Hin Shiu Endowed Professor in Music and Head, Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University

Moderator:

  • Zabrina Lo, Associate Features Editor, Tatler Hong Kong