We were invited to build an installation for the Hong Kong pavilion at DMY in Berlin. As ambassadors for Hong Kong I decided to create a fun lo-fi way to give people a virtual tour of our home.
We built simple slide projectors out of acrylic advertising signboard, lenses from magnifying glasses, steel rods and bedside lamps - mostly things that can be found in local hardware stores or local artisan workshops.
The slides were taken from my own instagram account and broadly covered urban and rural Hong Kong, local festivals, people, customs, and landmarks. These images were chosen to show that Hong Kong is more than just a city, which is what many people think if they've never visited.
We pitched a tent around the projectors and people would come in, flip through the slides and ask questions about what they were seeing. It was a fun way to strike up conversation about life, design, Asia and all sorts of other things. Viewers would talk about their impressions, exchange anecdotes about their own homes or relate stories of their own visits to Hong Kong. One person even started a lively debate about whether Asian design was helped or hindered by referencing its past.