Extreme Land





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Published on Aug 9, 2012

A photo exhibition/Installation/Live acoustic and electro-acoustic musical event.

Photographer: Paul Wong
Visual Artist: Mike Lau
Composer: King Pan NG

Premiered and Performed on:
21st and 22nd AUGUST, Theatrette, Old Museum Building, , Wellington, New Zealand, in the concert of 'SOUND, IMAGE, EXTREME LANDS" coordinated by Alexandra Hay

Pre-recorded music tape featuring Hong Kong musicians:
Wilson Lam, Law Hang Leung, Suntone Lee, Saiwai Liang,

Live acoustic musician includes: Pia Palme, Frances Moore, Dylan Lardelli, Anna McGregor, Nicholas Hancox, Hermione Johnson ... (Acoustic Guitar, Zhong hu 中胡, Viola, Soprano, Clarinet in Bb, Bass Recorder, Bassoon)

(*The film presented here is without the live instruments)

A musical performance presented with visual artwork which comprises of two series of still images (taken at the Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh and South Pole), Extreme Land is a commentary on perception and interpretation of the photographer, visual artist, composer as well as performers. The main perspective is to seek the common natures between two extreme living conditions and to catechise the viewers' responses to this diegetic phenomenon.
Although it is worth to endorse these images for its inspiration, this photo exhibition, pre-composed music, improvisation by the performers are granted the equal value of appreciation and embrace each other for the informative perspective.

The sources of images are the photos taken by Paul Wong from two embassadorial trips and they are crafted and edited by Mike Lau.

One set of photos were taken at the Rohingya Refugee Camp (located at the boarder of Bangladesh and Myanmar) under a special campaign organized by Medecins San Frontieres in 2007. The camp consists of small ramshackle shelters situated in an area between the river Naf and the highway leading to the city of Cox's Bazaar. More than 7,500 Rohingya men, women and children have sought refuge on a stretch of land 800 meters long and 30 meters wide, where food and potable water are scarce and access to the local healthcare facilities is limited.

Second set photos were taken from South Pole.

Pre-recorded electronic music tape collaborates with 'classical' acoustic instruments. Elements from different genres of music counterpoint with each other for contextual purposes. A potion of improvisation also incites the performers to establish interaction between the film, music maker and audience.

Performed on:
21st and 22nd AUGUST, Theatrette, Old Museum Building, Wellington, New Zealand.

Funded by: New Zealand Consul General - creative New Zealand funds

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