There’s No Place Like Home For OzAsia Artist GayBird Leung

Photo: GayBird Leung

If you’ve passed by North Terrace recently you may have noticed OzAsia’s installation on the Goodman Lawns of Adelaide University. The little piggy did indeed go to town.

It’s hard to miss. Rows and rows of tiny red houses. Sheltered beneath; the piggies in question. You can thank Hong Kong contemporary sound artist GayBird Leung, who was inspired by Adelaide’s homely feel when creating the Home installation for OzAsia Festival.

“I adapted the ancient Chinese concept of the ‘home’ as my main idea,” GayBird says. “The Chinese symbol for home looks like a roof over a pig – shelter and food for the people.”

The feeling of welcome and homecoming is an important concept to the installation.

“I think it’s very suitable for Adelaide because I think Adelaide is a very humble city.”

GayBird has only been to Adelaide twice previously (think short, 30-hour visits) but feels an affinity with the city. “I just think it’s very tidy, very clean and very basic. For me, it’s very down to earth. And actually, I like it. Because it makes me more comfortable and makes me think about what we really need. This is what I’m feeling from visiting the city.”

Music In Anticlockwise

Image: Cheung Chi Wai

Alongside the installation, GayBird will be performing his debut Australian concert – Music In Anticlockwise – with Adelaide locals, Zephyr Quartet. “My background is as a composer, I studied music and sound. But I think nowadays, people don’t just listen to music only for the sound.”

Expect a genre-bending performance, where the concept of linear time blurs. “I designed a timeline for this concept which is… from a kind of future atmosphere, and then back to the past.”

Beginning with a new electronic composition from GayBird, it will then wind back in time to present the Zephyr Quartet performing Haydn. Traditional sounds and contemporary electronica combine for what promises to be a visually compelling performance.

Home, Tuesday 3 – Sunday 15 October, 24 hours (outdoors). Goodman Lawns, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace. FREE

Music In Anticlockwise, Friday 6 October, 7:30pm. Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace & Morphett Street, Adelaide. Tickets, adult: $35, concession: $30

Writer Kirstie Forbes visited Hong Kong with Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Adelaide Festival Centre in conjunction with OzAsia Festival.

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