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Edy Fung, b.1989

Diaries. Monuments. Memory. Documentation. Event. Pandemic. Archive. Digital identity. Encoding. Decoding. Commemoration. Deja-vu. Always-already. Burying shame. Treehole. Winter counts2020

In this work, Edy Fung revisits her old online diaries written from the time during school closure after the 2003 SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in Hong Kong, which were rediscovered again through the ‘Wayback Machine’ while going through lockdown after the 2020 SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.   A selection of 14 entries – reflecting the mandatory period of isolation, is carefully decoded into morse code scripts and burnt onto full goat skins along with being converted and presented as an immersive morse code track that is synthesiesed and shaped over the course of 2 hour and 9 minutes. The series of 14 instagram posts on the artist’s reflection on the 2020 new normal were published daily from 1 to 14 October, 2020, as the virtual aspect parallel to the physical representation. The goat skins are displayed in timber skeletons of tombstones, translated from a section in St Augustine’s graveyard. 

MediumPyrography on goat hide, markings on timber, masking tape, jute string, audio, Instagram posts
Dimensions Object size
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4233
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Edy Fung, Diaries. Monuments. Memory. Documentation. Event. Pandemic. Archive. Digital identity. Encoding. Decoding. Commemoration. Deja-vu. Always-already. Burying shame. Treehole. Winter counts, 2020, Pyrography on goat hide, markings on timber, masking tape, jute string, audio, Instagram posts, Object size, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Edy Fung b.1989

Edy Fung is an artist, music producer, curator and occasional writer whose practice emerges from the expanded field of architecture—conducting material experiments with installation, video, digital image, social media, Internet Archive, sound and text around her research-led projects. She completed her Master of Art at the Royal College of Art, London (2015) and was a visiting research associate at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast (2019-2020).

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