Curator: Davina Lee 

David Boyce (Hong Kong/New Zealand)

Nick Cheuk (Hong Kong)  

Graeme Cooper (Great Britain)

Evangelo Costadimas & Syren Johnstone (Hong Kong)  

Peter Fraser (Great Britain)

Anthony Lam (Great Britain)

Stephen Lam( Hong Kong/United States)

Noel Manalili (France)

Riddick Douglas Ning (Hong Kong)

Hiram To (Hong Kong/Australia)

Kurt Tong (Great Britain)

Bruce Yonemoto (United States)

5 October until 10 November 2010 12.00-8.00pm

Opening reception Friday 8 October 2010 7pm


Presented by



 Graeme Cooper


Simulated alternative realities can take many different forms.  They can be found everywhere – in the elaborate utopias and dystopias created in books, magazines and films, in our belief or denial in the existence of an afterlife, in our very dreams and aspirations.  We create alternative realities for ourselves each time we imagine the things that might have been, the half-remembered past, events that never happened but we believe to be true.   Simulated alternate realities make strange and unfamiliar the things that we thought we knew.  Dreamworlds, hopes and fantasies, these alternate realities are created as survival strategies for our daily lives. 

The simulated alternative realities depicted within this exhibition exploit the problematic dialectic inherent in photography, the fallacy of photographic truth.  By its very nature, a photograph will always be someone else’s version of the truth, the word “composition” an abbreviation for the complex process of subjective selection and elimination integral even to so-called “documentary photography”.  Whilst we cannot authenticate reality through the photograph, at the core of each simulation is an element of the real, the point from which subjectivity and imagination combine to create a distillation of reality or a declaration of intent.  Within these simulated alternate realities, anything is possible.  


現代人有著許多不同的方式去製造模擬的現實。 在烏托邦和反烏托邦主題的書籍,雜誌和電影內,在我們的信仰或懷疑存在的異度空間,在夢境和願望當前,這些隨處可尋找得到。我們常選擇性地為自己創造不同的現實空間,這些空間,可能是我們自己幻想的事情,某部分可能是回憶的往事,或根本是從來沒有發生過,但我們都深信這是真實的。 模擬另類的現實往往是陌生的,或自以為有所確認,但原來是不熟悉的路途。 這些夢想,希望和幻想等選擇性的現實都是我們求生的技倆,常出現於我們日常生活當中。


是次展覽,會以模擬另類現實為主題,透過「照片」之描繪,採用攝影媒界來辯證著現實的真相。 跟據照片原有的特質,它往往只會切實地反映別人的真實,「構圖」亦只是將主觀及複雜的合體過程縮寫,包括所謂「攝影實錄手法」。雖然我們無法利用照片去驗證「現實」之真偽,但從一次模擬的選擇性現實,將它與主觀和想像力結合起來,便能創造一個已過濾的現實或意圖的聲明。任何事情於模擬選擇性的現實中,都是有可能發生的。

開幕酒會 2010年8月10日            晚上7時正

展覽 2010年10月5日- 11日            中午12時 – 晚上8時



Exhibition runs from 5 October until 10 November 2010 12.00-8.00pm

***Opening reception Friday 8 October 2010 7pm***



1a space

Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village

63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon

Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2529 0087



About 1a space

1a space, founded in 1998, is an independent, non-profit making contemporary visual art organization and art venue founded by a collective of Hong Kong artworkers. It aims to promote the critical dissemination of contemporary visual arts practices and affiliated artforms through 1a space programme drawn from Hong Kong and the international arena.

1a space is operated by the Program Committee, governed by a Board of Directors.  Operation funding of 1a space has been assisted by grants and donations. 1a space's administration is partially supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.  Throughout the years, 1a space has developed a reputation as one of the Hong Kong's leading contemporary visual art organizations. 1a space has produced and organized more than 100 exhibitions and activities, and has been active in international exchanges, cultural activities and festivals, as well as interactive community art, arts education, art criticism and publications. 1a space has played a vital role in developing new frontiers for the visual art scene in Hong Kong and abroad. One of its major achievements has been to establish contemporary visual art within a wide viewing public, making it more popular and accessible.