Kung Fu Weapons Archive

2016 Hong Kong, China 
Coauthors: Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine

Software: Mo Luk
Hardware: Huib Nelissen

This iteration of Linear Navigator provides a panorama of Hakka kung fu weapons and training tools, as well as interactively located video demonstrations of their use by kung fu masters. Whenever the viewer positions the screen over one particular object, it triggers a short video clip showing the kung fu master’s handling of that respective weapon or training tool. Given that this exhibit is also in direct proximity to a display of actual objects of weaponry and training tools, it demonstrates the way in which such an interactive mediation of this corpus provides a cogent exhibition platform to explicate the intangible heritage aspect that is intrinsic to these artifacts.

Exhibition Record

2016/09/02 - 09/30 : 300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

2016/10/28 - 2017/02/28 : 300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu, Academic 3, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2017/02/03 - 02/28 : Kung Fu Motion, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia

2018/04/27 - 08/12 : Kung Fu Motion, ArtLab, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

2020/12/12 - 2021/03/28 : Player of Beings, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China