Third-Eye Kaleidoscope was a series of interventions by Shane Aspegren (US) and Adrian Wong (US) aimed at tracing the development of the New Age movement and its related principles, beliefs, and practices. Initially taking hold in the West in the 1960’s and 70’s, New Ageism was fueled by an influx of Eastern philosophies, propagating an alternative to the normative structures of the Judeo-Christian framework. These philosophies were inevitably melded with various homegrown forms of mysticism, to yield its dizzying constellation of pantheistic and hybridized forms—forms that have now made their way back East. This New New Age is the subject of this present investigation. Hong Kong is uniquely positioned both as a place where many of New Ageism’s roots can be traced back to, and as a place where its modern practice is thriving. At present, the city is home to over one hundred yoga studios, an international center for transcendental meditation, six institutions teaching the practice of Reiki, the largest metaphysics and astrology center in Southern China, two autonomous schools of animal communication, and a New Age studies center which boasts over a thousand members. Three interventions are scheduled to occur during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, made possible by financial support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, with additional logistical support from WING platform for performance.
more info at thirdeyekaleidoscope.com
*Third-Eye Kaleidoscope was made possible by the support of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The content of the work does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the council. Acknowledgement of the Council carries no implication that the Council or its employees undertake or accept any responsibility to third parties for any debts or obligations associated with the production of the work.
Video/stills by Seth Henderson (Day 1, 2) and Karim Hapette (Day 3)
Video edit by Shane Aspegren & Adrian Wong
Photos by Shane Aspegren (Day 2)
Thursday 24 March 2016
Sound bath performed on a sculpture of thirty-seven gongs collected from China, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Derrick Industrial Building 11/F A, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Friday 25 March 2016
Guided cleansing session led by multiple gurus, teachers and spiritual practitioners.
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Outdoor plaza adjacent to Central Plaza water fountain, intersection of Harbour Road & Fleming Road, Wan Chai
Saturday 26 March 2016
Kinetic light & surround-sound performance, employing specific frequencies of the cosmos and a custom fabricated dreamachine.
LOCATION: Rooftop of Wing Platform for Performance, 2102 Chai Wan Industrial City 2, Sheung On Road, Chai Wan
Individuals sensitive to strobe or other flickering lights are strongly cautioned.