⨀⊿∟∎~ξ, 2021

ACM, objects, archive of sketches and notes
15 x 15 feet
Generously supported by HIAP and Hong Kong's APO for the exhibition 'So long, thanks again for the fish,' Helsinki, Finland

⨀⊿∟∎~ξ begins with a question: How do we “reboot” amidst a pandemic, an economic slump, race wars, and impending ecological disaster? Ho’s response: One small step at a time. In this work, Ho disrupts the grid, an emblem of modernity and a historical force that has contributed to the hierarchies of power that favours western hegemony. From the Modernist grid’s ashes, he creates a different type of systematic order – a new origin myth for our broken world. ⨀⊿∟∎~ξ is a floor based installation formed of “tiles” that are each slightly out of shape and shakily outlined with 36 shades of gray. These distortions are the “glitches” of forms evolving in a chain reaction of contact. The effect is as if a small corner of Levyhalli Hall’s floor becomes a primordial soup made up of distorted geometric shapes where angles turn wavy, circles straighten and squares tilt. From these glitched sequences, ordinary “things” emerge – a typewriter, a sno globe, a brass lantern, a footstool. ⨀⊿∟∎~ξ suggests that we are all connected. Ho also shares how he constructed the sequence of shapes with an archive of sketches and notes. –Dr. Yeewan Koon, curator
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