K11 Presents Supernova X’mas – Luminastic A Celebration Of Light By Artists From China, Hong Kong And Japan
The United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Light to raise awareness of how Light-based Technology can promote sustainable development and provide solutions for global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communication and healthcare. To celebrate this meaningful occasion, K11 joins hands with 3 renowned artist teams from China, Hong Kong and Japan this Christmas to present SUPERNOVA X’MAS – LUMINASTIC, an art exhibition showcasing their art works themed on light. Anchoring the exhibition in the K11 Piazza are Hong Kong’s largest 4D Interactive teamLab Crystal Tree by teamLab, a Japanese group whose work spans art, technology and creativity; the world debut of a multi-sensory art experience space Seven Keys created by Teddy Lo Studio, led by the renowned local LED artist Teddy Lo; and the Artificial Moon presented by Wang Yuyang from China, a visually stunning masterpiece full of fantasy featuring energy-efficient light bulbs.
SUPERNOVA X’MAS – LUMINASTIC is the Hong Kong’s first official International Year of Light 2015Christmas event, through which K11 echoes UNESCO’s contributions in promoting sustainable development through education, science and culture, as well as to encourage the use of energy-saving LED lighting in everyday life, To raise awareness of the importance of carbon reduction, K11 also collaborates for the first time with Carbon Care Asia (CCA), a leading provider of carbon strategy, to conduct carbon auditing and implement carbon offsetting for the exhibition. At the same time, K11 fully supports the “Afforestation and Reforestation on Degraded Lands in Northwest Sichuan, China”, making the exhibition the only “Carbon Neutral” X’mas exhibition in Hong Kong. The afforestation project not only restores native forests, soil nutrients, watersheds and combats climate change, but also brings socio-economic benefits to the local community and enhances biodiversity in the area.
Ms. Rebecca Woo, Director, Operation (Hong Kong), K11, said, “Long committed to promoting art, K11 often invites internationally renowned artists to create art space accessible to both art lovers and the general public. In support of International Year of Light, we specially join hands with artist groups from Japan, Hong Kong and the Mainland to present an exhibition themed on light, with the aim of brightening the holiday season for everyone. Building on the success of our previous exhibition on global warming and Arctic conservation, K11 has created Hong Kong’s only ‘Carbon Neutral’ Christmas Art Exhibition this year, offering the public a festive atmosphere while promoting sustainable development and the use of LED lighting.”
Hong Kong’s largest 4D Interactive teamLab Crystal Tree features groundbreaking technology
Standing at 7 metres tall in the middle of K11 Piazza, teamLab Crystal Tree is a glamorous and interactive delightful art work created by teamLab, a distinguished Japanese artist group with about 400 members from different fields and led by the founder Toshiyuki Inoko and East Asia Regional Director Takuya Takei. Featuring teamLab’s exclusive Interactive Visual Sculpting technology, teamLab Crystal Tree integrates art, technology with creativity to present Hong Kong’s largest 4D interactive Christmas tree. Once guests connect their smart phones or tablets onsite to the “K11-teamLabCrystalTree” wi-fi network, they will be redirected to a webpage where they can virtually decorate teamLab Crystal Tree. While participating in the decoration of the gigantic Christmas tree, guests can enjoy a spectacular feast of sights and sounds. The lavishly decorated teamLab Crystal Tree will emit magnificent rays of light to spread everyone’s Christmas wishes far and wide, making it the most dynamic seasonal installation.
Multi-sensory art experience space Seven Keys offers art therapy for the public
Hong Kong’s renowned LED artist Teddy Lo is leading other members of Teddy Lo Studio in partner with Sound TherapistAngela Flame and Healing Artist Magnolia May Polley, to present the global debut of Seven Keys, a multi-sensory art experience space (entrance ticket HK$25). Guests can purchase Seven Keys Experience Kit at HK$40 (entrance ticket + Experience Kit package at HK$55) for an enhanced sensory experience at the meticulously crafted chambers featuring LED installations. The light effects, colours, sounds, scents and patterns in each chamber will trigger and integrate all five senses, including sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, to offer a sense of blissfulness and foster a state of calmness for visitors as a form of art therapy.
The seven spaces of Seven Keys include elements that could trigger the five human senses, giving audiences an insightful and inspirational experience. The exhibition aims to blend scientific, technological and spiritual elements to create an art project that could encourage the audience to fully utilise their five senses. Based in Hong Kong and New York, Teddy Lo is an internationally acclaimed artist and designer focusing on LED artworks, many of which have been featured in the Technology and Art Exhibition held in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Artificial Moon, featuring energy-efficient light bulbs for an up-close full moon encounter
In celebration of International Year of Light, Chinese Artist Wang Yuyang is specially presenting his masterpiece Artificial Moon in Hong Kong, offering guests an up-close “full moon” in fantasy encounter at K11 Atrium. Composed of energy-efficient light bulbs, the gigantic moon spans 3.5 meters in diameter. Inspired by a deep respect for nature, the installation enables people to appreciate an astronomical phenomenon in a contemporary cultural setting as a substitute for the lost “moonlight”. Artificial Moon has been on display at various well-known exhibitions around the world, including the Palazzo Strozzi Museum in Florence, Italy; Norwich SVCA Museum in the United Kingdom; 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver, Canada; and The National Art Museum of China.
In support of International Year of Light 2015 while collaborating with Carbon Care Asia for first time
On the occasion of UNESCO’s International Year of Light, K11 took the opportunity to invite various artists for SUPERNOVA X’MAS – LUMINASTIC so as to raise awareness of the importance of light-based technologies for sustainable development and other societal endeavours, as well as promote the use of energy-efficient LED lighting. K11 also collaborates for the first time with Carbon Care Asia (CCA), a leading provider of carbon strategy, to conduct carbon auditing and implement carbon offsetting for this Christmas exhibition, a pioneering initiative in the industry for supporting carbon neutrality.
Professor Patrick Lau SBS JP, President of the UNESCO Hong Kong Association, said, “UNESCO is committed to promoting sustainable development and international exchanges through education, sciences and culture. By supporting the International Year of Light through the SUPERNOVA X’MAS – LUMINASTIC Christmas exhibition, K11 is no doubt the role model in the industry as it raises awareness of ‘light’ among the public by means of art and technology, while promoting sustainable development and the use of LED lighting in protecting the environment. K11 is also collaborating with us to organise various art guided tours for local students.”
By supporting Carbon Care Asia’s Afforestation and Reforestation on Degraded Lands in Northwest Sichuan project (the Project), K11 has successfully made SUPERNOVA X’MAS – LUMINASTIC Hong Kong’s only “Carbon Neutral” Christmas Art Exhibition. The Project aims to restore over 2,000 hectares of forests, bringing about a carbon-equivalent reduction of 400,000 tonnes in 20 years. Being the world’s first afforestation and reforestation project registered under the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM-AR) and also developed according to the most stringent international standards for “climate, community and biodiversity” (CCB), the Project delivers significant climate, social, and biodiversity benefits, including alleviating the impact of climate change through carbon reduction, improving the livelihood of over 10,000 local farmers from 3,000 impoverished households, as well as enhancing the ecological well-being of the mountains of Southwest China and the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
Mr Chong Chan-yau, Board Chairman of Carbon Care Asia, said, “Global climate change, which adversely impacts nature and our future generations, is caused by the emission of large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We very much appreciate K11’s efforts in offsetting its carbon footprint, promoting low-carbon living, and implementing various carbon-reduction measures for this Christmas exhibition, which encourages everyone to care about our shared home while celebrating the holiday season.”
“The Fantasy of Light” photo exhibition presented by emerging artists
To incubate young talents, K11 specially invited artist Dr. Rochelle Yang to curate “The Fantasy of Light: Where the light meets imagination” photo exhibition. Displayed at the mall’s Showcases on G/F to L2, the exhibition features the use of light to construct abstract forms, inviting the viewer into a dreamy, surrealistic and playful space. The exhibition is highlighted by creative, experimental photographic expressions by young artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland, including Dr Yang’s students from “Department of Cultural and Religious Studies” of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
From 27 November 2015 to 3 January 2016, shoppers can get an instant prize from “Play to Win” upon spending of HK$1,500 in K11. They will also get a “SUPERNOVA Draw” ticket for every HK$1,000 spent to win a splendid holiday package of “Vivid Sydney” and feel the vibe of light, music and ideas. K11 and Destination NSW are giving them the chance to witness this spectacular light show celebration in person! Join K11’s SUPERNOVA Draw for your chance to win the Grand Prize which includes return flights from Hong Kong to Sydney for two people in Premium Economy, 4 night’s accommodation in Sydney, lunch at Jonah’s in Whale Beach via Seaplane and an exclusive VIP experience of Vivid Sydney 2016.
In addition, customers can make a personalised Christmas video and receive a free 3D projection card by joining the SUPERNOVA Game at level B2. By scanning the QR code on the card before placing the folded pyramid on a smartphone, a Christmas surprise in the form of a 3D hologram will appear above the screen.