Mar 24 – Mar 26, 2016

Art Basel in Hong Kong
On Level 1 Concourse, Booth P8

Para Site is proud to present The Act of Tracing, a commissioned solo presentation by sound artist Andio Lai. In recent years, Lai has experimented with his unique passion for inventing instruments and juggling alternative sounds. For this project, Lai considers the transformability of musical devices and technology into artwork, which articulate sound, a unique act of expression in the visual-centric surroundings of the art fair. This show comprises of a series of new and disparate instrumental devices that explore in a lively manner the boundaries between art, science, physical form, and noise. Referencing the analog sound system with the help of new media technology, each of these works is assembled from multiple found objects, electrical components, and classical sound mediums such as tape recorders and self-recorded vinyl. The final outcome can be “played/altered” by the audience, resulting in a wide variety of sensorial experiences for each individual, and revealing different trajectories connecting the artworks to the audience. The Act of Tracing is curated by Jims Lam Chi Hang.

Andio Lai (b.1988, Hong Kong) obtained his BA in Creative Media from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong in 2015. He is currently a student in the Master of Fine Art programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lai is also an experimental sound performer who frequently plays at different art spaces and galleries. Past performances include Sonic Anchor #24 Interfacing Dynamics, Hong Kong Arts Centre; performance at Jockey Club Street Music Series, Hong Kong Arts Centre; and exhibitions including SCM ANNUAL 2015, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong; Ubiquitous Musical Expression Workshop Concert with SCM HK, Zurich University of Art, Zurich 2014; Connecting the Dots, On the Road 2015, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and Fotan Open Studio 2015/2014.


The Act of Tracing is generously supported by Kai-Yin Lo.


Para Site is Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.

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