Experiments in Distribution was a talk that took place at Videotage in Hong Kong on 5 December 2017 with Alexander Lau (Empty Gallery) and Kelani Nichole (Transfer Gallery) in conversation with Ashley Lee Wong (Sedition/MetaObjects)
Intermedia and media art require particular considerations for its presentation and distribution within the gallery system. Ashley Lee Wong brings Alexander Lau and Kelani Nichole into conversation to discuss the creative challenges of curating often time-based and ephemeral artworks within spaces and experimenting with models for its sales and distribution. Both Empty and Transfer have endeavoured on production-based projects beyond traditional gallery models including a record labeland VR commissions—respectively.
Kelani Nichole is the founder of TRANSFER, an experimental exhibition space in NYC that explores the friction between networked studio practice and its physical instantiation. The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realize aggressive installation projects, and exhibits internationally to engage the growing market for media-based artworks.
Alexander Lau is a curator and writer based between New York and Hong Kong. He is director of Empty Gallery, a gallery in Tin Wan, Hong Kong committed to presenting ephemeral, time-based and non-object oriented practices. Through his work with Empty, Lau works with both historical and emerging interdisciplinary artists to create considered presentations of their practices, often for the first time in the region.
Ashley Lee Wong is a digital curator and PhD researcher at the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. She is co-founder and artistic director of MetaObjects, a studio that facilitates digital production with artists and the cultural sector. She has worked as Head of Programmes and Operations for Sedition, an online platform for the distribution of digital limited editions by contemporary artists based in London, UK.