Hong Kong Project
Ernst Logar's photo series Hong
Kong Project was created during 1996 and 1997.
The most salient features of
this metropolis are its architectural density and the high velocity of its urban
The latter is the topic of this work, and receives from Logar a special
sort of artistic treatment.
Logar attempts to tune out this speed, more or
less opposing and resisting it. His strategy is to use the characteristics and
aesthetics of the pinhole camera in order to remove the image both visually and
physically from the urban flow of things. The long exposures which this photographic
device requires force one to spend extended periods of time amidst the city's
bustling human and vehicle traffic. The photos that result, however, present the
viewer with an impression of urban stillness: any and all movement vanishes, and
the aesthetic focus is shifted to the immovable and static.
Hong Kong thus
freezes in an almost eerie state of desolation, with movement betraying itself
only occasionally in the form of fog-like apparitions.
This photo series is
mostly about spending time at central locations within the city. The artist's
lack of motion actually evoked suspicion, and security services were activated
in order to inspect and possibly suppress this atypical behavior. It was thus
that this photographic work also became the starting point of Logar's multi-year
project Non Public Spaces, a form of investigative photography and artistic practice
which aims at giving a closer look to the social order and centers of power.
Logar realized the second part of the Hong Kong Project in the autumn of 2009.
Hong Kong Central, 1996 (Gelatin silver print 90x110 cm)
Hong Kong Stock Excange, 1996
Hong Kong Central, 1996
Tuen Wun, 1996