Annie Onyi Cheung

Message to Japan

I would like to offer subtle sounds of wind chimes to the people of Japan. The difficult times endured have inspired communities to work together toward healing and rebuilding. By creating a mobile and traveling wind chime backpack, my hope is that the uplifting sounds of chimes, generated by the rhythm of walking and the wind, will be a welcome reminder of nature and change, contributing to the good energy and flow that exist in the neighbourhoods and sites visited during Field Trip outings. The journey will be traced in an audio recording while the backpack is in motion, capturing the energetic sounds of the many people and neighbourhoods that will be visited over the course of the project.

Artist information

Annie Onyi Cheung is an emerging performance, video and installation artist whose work has been concerned with relational politics, with increasing focus on site and materiality. Her projects have shown most recently at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2011 and 2010), Labspace Studio (2011), Subtle Technologies Festival (2011), The Artist Project Toronto (2011), and Doris McCarthy Gallery (2010). She has been a member of the 7a*11d collective since 2009, and recently co-curated a 3-week outdoor art-installations festival for Art of the Danforth. Upcoming projects include 2 summer workshop events with the Varley Art Gallery (June/July 2012), new work for ‘Forts’ project curated by Physical Futures Initiative (August 2012) and ‘Free (or Best Offer)’ curated by Ufuk Gueray (November 2012). Born in Hong Kong, Annie currently lives and works in Toronto.

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