Solo Exhibition by Hung Tzu Ni
Opened: February 7, 2020
CCC is uniquely positioned to provide a platform for the artists’ experimental, conceptual, and research-based practices in an environment that strikes the balance between foregrounding artistic exploration, working within a cultural community, and promoting exchange amongst wider audiences. A series of newly commissioned works by Hung Tzu Ni reflects, resonates, and responds to the unique confines of the CCC space as well as the dispositions of San Francisco Chinatown. Serving a dual meaning, Homing refers to an animal with the ability to return home and a device that has the precision to arrive at a destination.
Hung Tzu Ni (b. 1989) is a sound and installation artist based in Taiwan who explores the reciprocal relationship formed between lights and sounds in natural and urban environments. The exhibition consists of four site-specific works and is based on the artist’s research on the commercial structure, residential land, and green spaces along the four-way roads of Kearny Street, Grant Ave, Stockton Street, and Powell Street in San Francisco’s financial districts and Chinatown. For reference, Hung analyzed ambient sensations such as the decibel of machine sounds, frequencies of multilingual speakers, tempos of traffic, and the direction of sunlight.
In a temporal response to developing cities, changing neighborhoods, and shifting demographics, Hung adapts the gallery’s four distinct but interrelated bays into separate experiences of timespace. Bay 1 “Acoustic Measurement” is a reinterpretation on urban sounds, as a central motor dictates and speed and quality of the sound it makes. Bay 2 “The Order” is an exploration of body, space, and light. It is a series of light paths and shadows crossing and generating visual phenomena as the audience moves through the environment. Bay 3 “Reversal Inhibition” is a reflection on time. The work complicates the pulse of a second as an artificial light pierces through a series of lens that alters the imagery as it exits its sources and forms a new image at the destination. Bay 4 “Space Soundtrack” is a response to the sun’s trajectory of San Francisco. The work is situated within a day-light cycle, as it sounds to temperature shifts caused by the sun.
In each division of the gallery, segregated timelines, loops, and soundtracks result in an immersive experience that signals a time away from time, body away from body and home away from home. In the end, Hung’s work suggests a point of entry, exit, and return, raising the question of how we continuously define and redefine our “home” with increasing self-awareness.
Homing Livestream Performance
May 20th, 2020
Lead Artist: Hung Tzu Ni
Guest artists: Kevin Corcoran, Jorge Bachmann, Kyosuke Terada, Koki Miyabe
Homing Livestream Performance is a reimagining of the sound exhibition at CCC into a four-part audio and visual art collaboration and performance. A temporal approach to changing cities, shifting neighborhoods, and moving demographics can question how increased self-awareness within our environment contributes to global and local experiences of time. How can we process the changing time and space during the outbreak?
-- BAY1 by artists Tzu Ni with Kevin Corcoran
A reinterpretation of urban sounds, as a central motor dictates and speed
and quality of the sound it makes.
-- BAY2 by artists Tzu Ni with Kyosuke Terada
An exploration of body, space, and light.
-- BAY3 by artists Tzu Ni with Jorge Bachmann
A reflection on time.
-- BAY4 by artists Tzu Ni with Koki Miyabe
A response to the sun’s trajectory of San Francisco.