Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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The Noblest Pain
by Ho Man Law
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Title:
The Noblest Pain

Author:
Ho Man Law

Description:
‘Nostalgia is the noblest pain’ -Johann Gottfried von Herder ‘Sea project’ is inspired by a wave of nostalgia for my homeland- Hong Kong since I moved to Berlin, Germany two years ago. Given the geographical location of Hong Kong, she is surrounded by deep waters. Berlin, on the contrary, is an inland city and a sea is lacking. I have been missing the sea in Hong Kong ever since I moved to Berlin. To me, seaside is a memorable place where I built relationships with significant others, chilled out and enjoyed some alone time. Life in Germany has been wonderful for me – great experiences gained, inspirations gotten and changes in life encountered. However, a sea is missing in Berlin. Thus, I posted some seawater from Mirs Bay, Hong Kong to Germany which was then poured into the Baltic Sea, Germany. At the same time, some seawater from the Baltic Sea was as well kept in a water bottle. The two plastic bottles of the seawater from Germany and Hong Kong were put next to each other in the installation. The distance between the two seas is now minimal, the limitation of distance is eliminated. The project also covers stories of the two seas. Years ago, the Chinese escaped from the Communist Party by swimming from Mainland to Mirs Bay, Hong Kong; while Baltic Sea was where east Germans escaping from the DDR would pass by while they swam from Rostock, Germany to Denmark. The similarity between the two seas is a destiny, connecting the two of them together. This project is still ongoing. Every sea has different stories, but yet similar. This journey of seawater collection will allow me to rethink the connection between the ocean and myself and the relationship between nature and men. For the „The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” project, I would like to invite the audience to collect seawater and think about the story behind of the sea to create an installation. We could reuse the plastic bottles for collecting sea water and the plastic bottle is not a waste anymore but a part of an installation. Moreover, I would like to interview the audience about their stories or memories related to the sea. Every sea has a different story and every man has a different experience. Thirdly, I would also invite them to write down their stories and share the stories for the installation.
Description:
‘Nostalgia is the noblest pain’ -Johann Gottfried von Herder ‘Sea project’ is inspired by a wave of nostalgia for my homeland- Hong Kong since I moved to Berlin, Germany two years ago. Given the geographical location of Hong Kong, she is surrounded by deep waters. Berlin, on the contrary, is an inland city and a sea is lacking. I have been missing the sea in Hong Kong ever since I moved to Berlin. To me, seaside is a memorable place where I built relationships with significant others, chilled out and enjoyed some alone time. Life in Germany has been wonderful for me – great experiences gained, inspirations gotten and changes in life encountered. However, a sea is missing in Berlin. Thus, I posted some seawater from Mirs Bay, Hong Kong to Germany which was then poured into the Baltic Sea, Germany. At the same time, some seawater from the Baltic Sea was as well kept in a water bottle. The two plastic bottles of the seawater from Germany and Hong Kong were put next to each other in the installation. The distance between the two seas is now minimal, the limitation of distance is eliminated. The project also covers stories of the two seas. Years ago, the Chinese escaped from the Communist Party by swimming from Mainland to Mirs Bay, Hong Kong; while Baltic Sea was where east Germans escaping from the DDR would pass by while they swam from Rostock, Germany to Denmark. The similarity between the two seas is a destiny, connecting the two of them together. This project is still ongoing. Every sea has different stories, but yet similar. This journey of seawater collection will allow me to rethink the connection between the ocean and myself and the relationship between nature and men. For the „The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” project, I would like to invite the audience to collect seawater and think about the story behind of the sea to create an installation. We could reuse the plastic bottles for collecting sea water and the plastic bottle is not a waste anymore but a part of an installation. Moreover, I would like to interview the audience about their stories or memories related to the sea. Every sea has a different story and every man has a different experience. Thirdly, I would also invite them to write down their stories and share the stories for the installation.
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