Glasshouse is one of the programmes of HKartsFestival@TaiKwun 2022. Inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s poem Who Am I?*, the site-specific installation would have comprised a maze-like passageway and featured visitor interactions via original string quartet and electronic music.
To overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic, The Collective is commissioned by HKAF to convert this originally physical interactive music and sound installation to a virtual experience. The online format enables visitors to move around the interior of Glasshouse at their own pace. Visitors can interact with the music through the cursor and keyboard and activate a whole range of sound variations, with plenty of surprises according to the different choices made on screen.
Glasshouse invites visitors to reflect on their identities and values, go explore how they are formed and face the unsettling feeling of getting lost in a maze-like virtual environment. If guests could keep an open mind through this extraordinary journey, you would never know what you may find.
“Glasshouse” was commissioned by and premiered at the 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival as part of the HKartsFestival@TaiKwun.
Experience the Glasshouse:
Concept & Composer: Daniel Lo
Installation Designer: Travis Ying
Sound Designer: Lawrence Lau
Virtual Experience Design and Realisation: The Collective
Soprano: Law Tsz Ying
String Quartet: Mark Hui (Violin), Kim Eun A (Violin), William Lane (Viola), Pun Chak Yin (Cello)
Recording Producer: Anthony Cheng
Recording Studio: Q2 Studio