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Field Notes from the Arctic: Climate Change and Creative Art Practices
Speaker: Michelle Fung, interdisciplinary artist
Moderator: Dr Emily Zong, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
Date: 02 December 2022 (Friday)
Time: 13:30 – 15:00 (HKT)
Venue: Online via zoom
Meeting ID: 966 2487 3319
Abstract: In fall 2022, interdisciplinary artist Michelle Fung traveled to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town, to participate in the Arctic Circle, a 17-day residency programme where international artists, filmmakers and musicians lived and worked on-board an Arctic-class Tall Ship while sailing the waters of the uninhabited international territory of Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago just 10 degrees latitude from the North Pole. During her residency, she conducted research for Northlandia, one of the five imaginary countries in her ongoing 2084 world-building art project.
In this lecture, she will share her personal arctic encounters and the Northlandia Arctic Woodcuts, the artwork collection she created in the arctic, alongside scholarly and journalistic insights into climate change in the delicate Arctic landscape.
Bio: Michelle Fung 馮捲雪
Hong Kong Canadian interdisciplinary artist Michelle Fung’s lifelong interdisciplinary oeuvre revolves around a grand dystopian world-building narrative in year 2084. She had a recent solo exhibition at the municipal museum Art Gallery Boris Georgiev, Bulgaria (2022) and has held solo exhibitions at leading artist-run galleries in Australia (2019) and California (2018), and Hong Kong (2019.) She has participated in many prestigious international residencies including Banff Centre, Canada (2010), Art Omi, NY, USA (2016) and The Arctic Circle (2022). Her work raises public awareness of contemporary plastic pollution and climate change. Her film project Plastic, Plastic Everywhere has won multiple local and international awards. Read more about her here: https://www.michelleksfung.com/works