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Para/Site art space
2012.12.01 Sat - 2013.02.17 Sun
Opening Exhibition
11/30/2012 19:00
22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, China
+852 2517 4620
Opening Hours
每周三至周日 Wed-Sun 12:00-19:00

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The Paradox of Choice in a Time of Anxiety
[Press Release]

Group exhibition with Adam Curtis, Michael Lee, Sun Xun, and Tang Kwok Hin.

[Press Release]

Para/Site Art Space proudly presents Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | The Paradox of Choice in a Time of Anxiety: Adam Curtis, Michael Lee, Sun Xun, and Tang Kwok Hin, curator Qinyi Lim’s first exhibition at Para/Site.
2012 marks the slow recovery of consumer confidence index in Hong Kong since the extreme dip in the latter half of 2011. While pundits have cited 2011 as the second lowest level of this index since the 2008 financial crisis, the recovery of Hong Kong’s consumer market seems markedly cautious in its move from a pessimistic to neutral outlook. Though this surge is propelled mainly by the public’s trust in stable employment, the positivity is, in contrast, conveyed with hesitancy in sectors such as quality of life, the stock market and the economy.
The rise of consumption and the belief in unlimited growth and progress in contemporary post-industrial capitalist cities such as Hong Kong, is often followed shortly by the re-emergence of the ideology of Choice. Herein, Choice is seen as packaged in mainstream discussions of enhancement and self-improvement such as skin whitening, obesity and slimming paid editorials, where the acts of simplifying life and the search for contentment becomes another version of choice and paradoxically, anxiety.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
 takes its name from Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel and proposes to read Anxiety as the signal and expectation of danger in the everyday rather than a phobia of a specific subject. This state of mind also arises out of a changed perception that one has of themselves, and in direct relation to societal changes at large. The exhibition seeks to explore the condition as it is enmeshed within today’s society, with a particular attention towards the new feeling of inadequacy perpetuated by the nature of contemporary capitalism. It explores the causation, occurrences, inner mechanisms, politics and functions of Anxiety in relation to the development of consumerism in cities like Hong Kong, through the practice of the four participating artists.
Artist talks will take place on 1 December, from 15.00 hrs at Para/Site. Participating artists Michael Lee, Sun Xun and Tang Kwok Hin will be available to the media from 29 November onwards.