“Image Recycling” Exhibition @ PMQ

“Image Recycling” Exhibition @ PMQ
11-Feb-2022 - 18-Mar-2022
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
S314, 3/F, Staunton (Block A), PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Event:
14 February 2022 (Monday), 7-8 pm
“Image Recycling” Exhibition @ PMQ


How to design with one million points without falling back into abstract architectural drawings? 3D scanning advances site survey methods through an exhaustive sampling of the existing environment, resulting in point cloud – a data format of millions of spatial pixels capturing both geometry and texture. However, without referring to lines and planes, such a meticulous duplication of reality poses a challenge to design: the heavy scanned data contains no hierarchy, therefore offering little priority in decision-making.

In search of answers to the aforementioned question, the featured works by Haotian Zhang and Tianying Li explore the aesthetic potential of point cloud and the methods to alter it without diminishing the realistic quality. It is achieved by utilizing the abundance of textural data to highlight what has been obliterated by drawing – the material, the sensory, and the imagery allure.

Their works intentionally remain at a strange distance from reality, neither too far to lose the reference of the found environment, nor too close to be reduced to a mere replica. They generate frictions between reality and its representation, shifting one’s attention back and forth between real, unreal, realistic, and surreal, as well as suggesting a novel yet slightly different world that exists between familiarity and estrangement.

Research and Curation:
Haotian ZHANG and Tianying LI


Exhibition Assistant:
Ziyue SUN

CHAN Chun Hei Jason, CHEUNG Wing See Kyo, CHICK Kar Yi Priscilla, FAN Ka Mak, HUYNH Ngoc Anh Duy, LAI See Long, LI Hing Fung Boris, TANG King To Anson, YAU Pui Yu, and YEUNG Ho Lam

Workshop Leaders:
Laurene CEN, Yi GO, Louis HUNG, Jacky LAI, Sherman LAM, Vivien LEE and Rochelle YU

Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation, the feature workshops “Static Movement: Seeing Our Invisible City” and “Building Collages: A Play of Meaning with Everyday Objects” originally scheduled for February 2022 have been postponed until further notice.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Isabel Wong of the Department of Architecture, HKU at (Tel: 3917 2136, Email: Please visit the official webpage of the HKU Architecture Gallery for more information.

This exhibition will observe social distancing measures set out by the government. Visitors can walk in but may be required to take turns to enter the gallery.