A piece I made for Light Grey Art Lab’s upcoming SMART show! I’m so lucky to be included with so many other talented artists who made awesome work for the show - you can check out all of the other pieces here and check for updates on LGAL’s tumblr here!
I had a tough time getting started with this piece - “smart” as a prompt was pretty intimdating. Eventually, though, I decided to tackle it from a science angle - I started thinking about how insects that live in colonies (like bees) often function as one single organism with many little parts that just act for the good of the whole. It’s an interesting (and fairly sucessful) way for evolution to handle the ideas of survival and consciousness.
In addition to describing the city itself, the podcast also discusses the organically evolving nature of Kowloon’s architecture, and how even though the city is now abandoned it lives on in video games, movies, and as inspiration for many science fiction settings.