Digital artist-researchers’ codework picked for Hong Kong media art retrospective

An interactive Twitter installation about automated production, collective intelligence, and the value of labour and artistic production has been selected for a high profile showcase of Hong Kong video and media art from the past 30 years.

2016.06.03 | Winnie Soon

‘Jsut Code’ by the Department of Communication and Culture’s Winnie Soon, in collaboration with UK-based artist Helen Pritchard, invites participants to decode electronic texts written by a collective of distributed writers. Statements on life and death are gathered from the social media site twitter and displayed as geometric code images to be activated and read by visitors through a mobile phone.

The exhibition titled No Reference: A revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985 reflects on the past 30 years, hoping to establish new definitions and elucidating new perspectives on the media art scene in Hong Kong. According to the curator, “the exhibition also adopts an investigative archival approach to address the phenomenon of documentation of media”. ‘Jsut Code’ is part of the chosen four cases of media works that aim to “explore the power of one-time works and construct a dynamic dialogue between art, history, time and memory”.

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Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. Her works engage with and reflect upon contemporary techno-culture, computational networks and processes that matter in our everyday lives (throbber and buffering, data queries, likes economy, live feeds, bots and spam to name a few). She is currently a PhD fellow in the Center of Participatory IT, the Department of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. Find out more at

Helen Pritchard is an interdisciplinary artist with interests in computational aesthetics, software studies, environmental practice, feminist technoscience and feminist materialisms. She is currently a researcher on the ERC-funded Citizen Sense project led by Dr Jennifer Gabrys at Goldsmiths, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. Find out more at

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