Single-channel video 4’50” with stereo sound and 3D-printed objects, glass dome, acrylic board, and tea tree seeds (Camellia sinensis)

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In Columbus of Horticulture, a virtual fow of images and colonial botanical specimens representative of the maritime trade in the early modern period combine to construct a hallucinatory space infused with ‘exoticism.’ The work revisits the botanical looting caused by empire expansion during the colonial era and the entangled relationship between colonial Hong Kong’s urban planning and plant ecology respectively.

Vvzela Kook often bases her work on the history and geomorphology of Hong Kong, connecting colonial history, sci-f imagination, and urban landscape.

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