formed in 2015. o!sland is a collective of three artists bringing together different cultural and artistic backgrounds : media artist Dorothy Wong Ka Chung from Hong Kong, choreographer Eva Lin Yingchi from China, and composer/sound artist Benjamin Ryser from Switzerland. The collective develops intermedia and sound work through which they negotiate social and political issues via the lens of personal experience. In their research they focus on postcolonial issues, the experience of belonging, displacement, and distance. Their work was shown in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland and the UK.
o!sland consists of the partnership of two Asian artists and a European artist. Our different cultural backgrounds provide us with a multifaceted perspective on issues of post-coloniality. Our collaboration practice includes constant mutual reflection, and a mutual exchange of perspectives. Therefore, the deconstruction and reassembling of identities in a post-colonial world is an underlying question in all of our works.
As we don’t understand each other’s mother tongue, the need for translation and mutual listening is an everyday experience for us. From here, we draw a direct line to working in different communities in different countries. In this work, we apply and extend the processes of (cultural) translation, listening and mutual reflection.
As artists and outsiders, we raise questions about issues that define the community’s identity. This process can serve as an opportunity for the local community to revisit their own culture and history. At the same time, this learning process can provide a reflection on our own identities and on difference itself.
is a composer and sound artist. His works include compositions, installations, radio plays and performances. At the center of his work is a mode of attentive listening. How does sound change space? How do social contexts manifest themselves in sound? What does a word sound like when it is pronounced? These questions lead to an interdisciplinary way of working, in which different media illuminate each other again and again.
Benjamin Ryser studied composition at the Zurich University of the Arts. Previously, he completed studies in cello and music theory.
Dorothy Wong Ka Chung
received her BA (Hons) in Fine Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong before pursuing her MFA at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Since completing her thesis, she has been working on exhibitions and video book publication project. Her main research is about photography and inter-media experiments between video and still image. Her works have been shown in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, China, London and Zurich. Also, Wong was awarded by ISEA2016 International Symposium of Media Art and nominated to The Chinese Young Artist 2017 by Guan Shanyue Art Museum.