Oil Street Art Space opens new extension with 10 new art projects

Photo shows Korean art group d’strict’s three-dimensional digital art work “Whale”, which gives the audience an immersive impression of nature. Photo: Oi!
Photo shows Korean art group d’strict’s three-dimensional digital art work “Whale”, which gives the audience an immersive impression of nature. Photo: Oi!

Oil Street Art Space (Oi!) has opened a new extension, featuring 10 new art projects aimed at providing the district with more community art and leisure space.

The new wing of the exhibition space in North Point, which opened on Tuesday, consists of an adjacent open space of over 3,000 square meters and a two-storey building for staging exhibitions and holding activities. 

Photo shows Oi! Glassie (left) and the red-brick Oi! Warehouse (right). Photo: Architectural Services Department

One of the highlights is “Joyful Trees (Arbores Laetae)”, a kinetic art installation on the theme of trees created by the renowned American architectural group Diller Scofidio + Renfro. A number of Chinese junipers are planted at the Oi! Garden, with three planted at a 10-degree bias in rotating turntables. Dappled light, shade and patterns overlap when the trees rotate, and visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the “unnatural nature”.

Photo shows the “Joyful Trees (Arbores Laetae)” installation by American architectural group Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Oi!

You can also immerse yourself in a spectacular visual experience with three-dimensional digital art project “d’strict Remix”, created by renowned Korean art group d’strict. Featuring anamorphic projection works of ocean waves and a massive blue whale moving freely in the sea, the project is intended to connect art and technology in a subtle way.

Photo shows Korean art group d’strict’s three-dimensional digital art work “Wave”, which brings refreshing ocean waves straight into a forest of skyscrapers, in the “d’strict Remix” exhibition. Photo: Oi!
Photo shows Korean art group d’strict’s three-dimensional digital art work “Whale”, which gives the audience an immersive impression of nature. Photo: Oi!

“Digital Muse” is a multi-disciplinary exhibition of artworks on the theme of “mutation of ideas in the digital city” presented by six Hong Kong artists. They include guest curator and artist Ng Tsz-kwan’s work “Nearly Real-time Digital Greenhouse”.

Photo shows Ng Tsz-kwan, the guest curator and artist of the “Digital Muse” exhibition, and his digital art work “Nearly Real-time Digital Greenhouse”. Photo: Oi!

Another highlight of the new extension is the six-month-long project “Our Living Library”, in which artists and creative groups aim to engage the public to exchange lived experiences through displays, performances and activities.

Photo shows the two guest curators of the “Our Living Library” project, Alvin Yip (left) and Kay Chan (right). Photo: Oi!

Other projects include the “People-Plant-Place” project, which promotes urban gardening; “Three Gardens”, featuring virtual and actual rock installations designed under the notions of Chinese landscape architecture; as well as outdoor art works “Branching Benches” and “Mapping Oi!”. 

“People-Plant-Place”. Photo: Oi!
Tobias Klein’s rock installation “Three Gardens”. Photo: Oi!
“Branching Benches” by architectural design studio napp studio on display at Oi!’s outdoor area. Photo: Oi!
Carmen Ng’s outdoor mural map “Mapping Oi!”, which is on display at Oi!’s outdoor area. Photo: Oi!

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